Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Recently, Romona West, Fulbright College's director of diversity and inclusion, sat down with Dean Todd Shields to get an update on the Chancellor's Committee to Evaluate J. William Fulbright's Presence at the U of A.
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And a huge thanks to:
- Max Roeder, the lead producer on this project
- Sean Rhomberg
- Michael Adkison
- Khadn Adderley
- Heidi Kirk
- Ben Sawyers
150 years of the University of Arkansas

Celebrating 150 years of dedication, determination and opportunity. It’s been our calling since 1871. https://150.uark.edu/

What I learned about unity from my interview with Angela Davis
Yvette Murphy-Erby | Feb 19, 2021

Portraits of Progress

Portraits of Progress

As part of the University of Arkansas' commemoration of its 150th anniversary, the university has launched Portraits of Progress, a website featuring vignettes of trailblazers and other important figures who have helped make the university a more diverse and inclusive institution.

Story about Portraits of Progress can be found here: Link

YOUofA: An Anthology of UARK Student Voices

The College of Arts and Sciences Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council is seeking submissions for YOUofA: An Anthology of UARK Student Voices.

Rolling submissions with preference given to those that submit prior to March 1.

Poster YOUofA: An Anthology of UARK Student Voices

Share your experience, share you!
Sign up for submission:  https://forms.gle/8ZKaPSUQ39YtYk7v9

For additional information or questions regarding submissions, please contact Dr. Samantha Robinson via email: sewrob@uark.edu


DEI Hour

March 4th,  3:00 to 4:00 pm
Topic: "Being First, but Not Last"
Guest Speaker: Dr. Kim LaScola Needy, Dean of the College of Engineering


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.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 814 2846 1129
Passcode: c08Gv1$f

Upcoming DEI Hour

  • March 11th, 3:00 to 4:00 pm
    Topic: Archetypes of Women and How They Motivate Racial Feelings
    Speaker: Dr. Lisa Corrigan, Associate Professor of Communication and Director of the Gender Studies Program



Black History Month

African and African American Studies Black History Month Events and Activities

Black History Month Calendar | University of Arkansas (uark.edu)
Black Heritage Festival
A celebration of the Black cultural legacy through the medium of art, dance, music,
spoken word, or any other form of expression that displays triumph, resilience, and
unity of Africa and the African Diaspora. We will produce a virtual program that will
showcase acts that exemplify our theme: Uniting the African Diaspora U Celebrating
February 28, 2021 6:00 pm


U of A Language and Culture Series

More information can be found here: https://diversity.uark.edu/leadership-initiatives/programs/language-culture-series.php

The University of Arkansas is launching a new Language and Culture Series this spring to celebrate and share language, culture, customs and more with the campus and its surrounding community. The series is part of the university's commitment to its diversity and inclusion priorities and will generally align with the recognized spring and fall heritage months, from February through November 2021. While the events are free and open to the public, participating U of A students will be given a virtual passport to track their attendance at events. Upon completing events, students will be entered to win various prizes.

  • All March-long – Women's History Month / Italian Program
  • Tuesday, March 30 – Department of World Languages, Literature and Culture's Language Fair
  • Wednesday, March 31 – Boyish: Poems by Brody Parrish Craig and Writing Group Event
  • Thursday, April 15 at 7 p.m. – Layaali Arabic Music Ensemble
  • September, dates TBD – Study Abroad Fair and Plaza de las AmΓ©ricas
  • October, dates TBD – Talk: "Debordering, rebordering, and the exclusion of minority dialects: The case of Portuguese in Uruguay" by guest speaker Ana Maria Carvalho of University of Arizona
  • All November-long – Native American Heritage Month
  • November, dates TBD – Guest Speaker Natalie Schilling of Georgetown University; and International Education Week

Source: News UARK

Chancellor Joe Steinmetz Releases Proclamation, Video for Racial Healing Day


Quote: Accessibility is being able to get in the building. Diversity is getting invited to the table. Inclusion is having a voice at the table.  Belonging is having your voice at the table!  - many authors of thought and crediting Heidi Musser


Cope with Political Stress with New CAPS Resource

Political Stress

This semester, Pat Walker Health Center's Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) has seen a sharp increase in political anxiety and stress amongst its clients. Students are reporting that the uncertain political times β€” especially during this unprecedented public health crisis and increasing racial tensions across the country β€” are leaving them with more feelings of stress and uncertainty.

Such stress can interfere with daily tasks, including academic work.

And regardless of the outcome of this year's election cycle, the post-election political climate can be enough to create an unusual amount of stress for some people.

No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, CAPS encourages the U of A community to practice healthy habits and stay well during these times of tension and uncertainty. CAPS clinicians have put together some strategies to help you better cope and redistribute your feelings into positive energy.

More details can be found here: LINK->

Supporting BIPOC: Online Resources and Articles

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

Latest Issues and Struggles

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

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


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.