Diversity, Equity and Inclusion



As part of the University of Arkansas' "Transforming the U of A: Combating Racism and Building an Inclusive Campus" initiative, Vice Chancellor Yvette Murphy-Erby is tasking us to answer three questions:
What should we STOP doing?
What should we START doing?
What should we CONTINUE to do?



College of Arts and Sciences Values, Mission and Land Acknowledgement Statement Link->

View the recording of the July 9th "Deans’ Town Hall on J. William Fulbright’s Legacy."


DEI Hour

Wednesday, October 28th

“Inclusion in Curriculum”

Featuring Guest Speaker: Dr. Meera Kumar, Journalism



Meeting ID: 845 1734 7211
Passcode: .Pq9MR05

Meetings are generally hosted every Wednesday from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
VISION: The vision for our weekly DEI Hour is to have a weekly topic (some weeks the topic may carry over), facilitate the conversation, and allow open discussion for those who want to participate.
GOALS: The goal for the conversations in our weekly DEI Hour is to provide a platform to share experiences, ensue awareness and education, allow voices to be heard and instill a sense of belonging.
The meeting will consist of 30 minutes of topic discussion and 30 minutes of open format for comment.



Indigenous Peoples’ DayOctober 12th is Indigenous Peoples’ Day! Ways to observe this day:

There’s going to be a one-hour virtual event on Monday the 12th at noon CST. This one-hour conversation will feature an introduction by the Director of the National Museum of the American Indian, Kevin Gover (Pawnee), a musical performance by hip-hop artist Frank Waln (Sicangu Lakota), and will be moderated by museum cultural interpreter, Michaela Pavlat (Sault Ste. Marie Band of Chippewa Indians).” You can attend the live event at the following link: https://nmai.brand.live/c/indigenouspeoplesday

Watch the 2018 Grass Dance performed at the Sacred Springs Powwow, which is organized by the nonprofit Indigenous Cultures Institute: http://calendar.powwows.com/events/sacred-springs-pow-wow-2019/

Meet Sean Teuton, Director of the Indigenous Studies Program at the University of Arkansas: https://fulbright.uark.edu/area-studies/indigenous-studies/message-from-the-director.php

Want more ideas on how to observe this day? Click here for a list: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-american-indian/2020/10/07/indigenous-peoples-day-2020/

Poster Picture a Scientist

You’re invited to watch Picture a Scientist!

You’re invited to register to watch Picture a Scientist, a new documentary that chronicles the experiences of three women in science and how they navigate and fight against sexual harassment, discrimination and racism.  This film is relevant to all people in STEM, no matter your career stage. All are welcome to register.

How to Watch: Register to watch this film online. You must register before Monday October, 12th.

When can I watch:  Anytime on Thursday October, 15th—Sunday, October 18th.

Virtual Viewing Party: Interested in discussing the films content with other women in STEM? Choose this option in the registration form and we will invite you to a virtual viewing party on Friday, October 16th at 6:00pm.  The movie will last 90 minutes and discussion will follow. Post-viewing discussion will be moderated by Christina Barnes a PhD student in Experimental Psychology and creator of the Navigating Life as a Female Graduate Student, a community for all graduate students that identify as female. If you miss the party, you can still watch the film on your own through Sunday, October 18th.

For more information or questions: Email the office of graduate student support at gradsupport@uark.edu; or Dr. Sarah DuRant


Plaza de Las American poster

Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15th through October 15th 2020

Hispanic Heritage Month provides an opportunity to learn and celebrate the vastness of Latin culture and the achievements and contribution of Latinx individuals across the world. This year there will be are a variety of events ranging from panel discussions to salsa lessons. One of the main events every year for Hispanic Heritage Month is the annual Plaza de las Americas – Festival de las Manos Unidas, which will be held from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, virtual via Zoom. It will highlight various Latin countries, feature performances, and more in a celebration of Latin American culture in Arkansas.  Plaza de las Americas – Festival de las Manos Unidas has been a staple of the Hispanic community in Northwest Arkansas for more than a decade, and is one of many events taking place for more than a month throughout the area.

Let's Talk about Integrity and Race - Walton College

A book, workshop, and speaker series for students, faculty, and staff to initiate, inform, and enhance discussions about what racism is, how to speak up about it, and engage in productive dialogue. The program includes a deeper-dive option with weekly workshops.


Supporting BIPOC: Online Resources and Articles

How to Cope with Race-Related Stress and Trauma as a Person of Color?

Latest Issues and Struggles

• 'Allostatic Load' Is the Psychological Reason for Our Pandemic Brain Fog Link ->
• 'The virus beat us': Colleges are increasingly going online for fall 2020 semester as COVID-19 cases rise Link ->
• The emotional impact of watching white people wake up to racism in real-time Link ->
• Performative Allyship Is Deadly: Activism can’t begin and end with a hashtag Link ->
• I Don’t Need ‘Love’ Texts From My White Friends Link ->
• Can a White Person Understand the Black Experience? Link ->

World Health Organization: Coping with Stress During COVID-19 Link->

Healing from Racial Trauma-Physical/Emotional Symptoms: Link->

Psychiatrists say viral police brutality videos can take toll on African American mental health Link->

Building Resilience Link->

Tolerating Uncertainty Link->

Acceptance and Mindfulness during Uncertainty: Link ->

How to call people out for racism (CLAIM): Link->

Counseling Options for Students

CAPS: Call us at (479) 575-5276 to set up an initial consult to discuss current options based on your needs
• CAPS also provides Let’s Talk services during weekdays, and 24/7 emergency/same-day phone services (479-575-5276).
Thriving Campus
Psychology Today
Black Female Therapists (Black Male Therapists)
Relaxation and Meditation Apps and Resources
Black Lives Matter by Calm Blog
• Liberate. Meditation. For Us, By Us. Liberate is the #1 meditation app for the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color community.

Emergency Food Relief COVID-19

UAMS Northwest’s Office of Community Health and Research, with funding from the Walmart Foundation, is partnering with the Arkansas Community Foundation to support coordinated food insecurity response and relief in Northwest Arkansas (Benton and Washington counties).
UAMS is working with local community partners to provide no-contact delivery of food boxes to families that are quarantined due to COVID-19. Consent for delivery will need to be given by families requesting food delivery.
Please visit the link to complete a referral for COVID-19 Emergency Food Box:
For more information: communityhealth@uams.edu


Purpose of the DEI Council

Members serve as college representatives identifying, recommending, supporting and advising the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Dean’s leadership team on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion issues, key strategic programs, and initiatives. 

Kate Chapman

Kate Chapman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Science

Geri Cruz

Geri Cruz

Administrative Support Supervisor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Erica Estes

Erica Estes

Director of Employer Relations for Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences
Hershel Hartford

Hershel Hartford

Administrative Support Supervisor in the Department of  Communication
Xavier Medina

Xavier Medina, Ph.D.

Diane D. Blair Professor of Latino Studies and Assistant Professor of Political Science

Kusum Naithani

Kusum Naithani, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Natural Sciences in the Department of Biological Sciences

Yajaira Padilla

Yajaira Padilla, Ph.D.

 Associate Professor of English and Latin American and Latino Studies

Kyle Prince

Kyle Prince

HEI Program


Samantha Robinson

Samantha Robinson, Ph.D.

Teaching Assistant Professor

of Natural Sciences

Warrington Sebree

Warrington Sebree

Graduate Student in the Department of Political Science

Lia Uribe

Lia Uribe, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Music/Bassoon in the Department of Music

Mica-Ela Vitug

Mica-Ela Vitug

Senior Double Majoring in Journalism Advertising and PR and Political Science

Romona West

Romona West, J.D.

Director, Diversity and Inclusion


Anna Zajicek

Anna Zajicek, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Fulbright College, Professor of Sociology


University of Arkansas Diversity Values Statement

In order to enhance educational diversity, the University of Arkansas seeks to include and integrate individuals from varied backgrounds and with varied characteristics such as those defined by race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, socioeconomic background, religion, sexual orientation, disability, and intellectual perspective.

For more information on Diversity at the University of Arkansas, follow the links below:

University of Arkansas Non-Discrimination Policy

Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of the University of Arkansas to provide an educational and work environment in which thought, creativity, and growth are stimulated, and in which individuals are free to realize their full potential through equal opportunity. The university should be a place of work and study for students, faculty, and staff, which is free of all forms of discrimination, sexual intimidation and exploitation. Therefore, it is the policy of the University of Arkansas, to prohibit discrimination of its students, faculty, and staff and to make every eFort to eliminate discrimination within the university community.



Therefore, the University of Arkansas is committed to providing equal opportunity for all students and applicants for admission and for all employees and applicants for employment regardless of race, age, gender, religion, national origin, marital or parental status, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation. In addition, discrimination in employment on the basis of genetic information is prohibited.

It is the responsibility of the University of Arkansas' Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance to investigate and resolve all allegations of discrimination on the basis of race, age, gender, national origin, religion, disability, veteran status, marital or parental status, genetic information and sexual orientation.

The University of Arkansas complies with all civil rights provisions of federal statutes and related authorities that prohibit discrimination in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.

Free language assistance (oral or written) is available for LEP individuals to the extent required to provide meaningful access to programs and services.

This notice is available from the ADA/504/Title VI Coordinator in large print, on audiotape and in Braille.