Diversity, Equity and InclusionMartin Luther King Day


 IN RESPONSE TO THE RECENT INJUSTICES...
WE STAND IN SOLIDARITY AND WE, HEAR, SEE AND STAND WITH #BlackatUARK


Chancellor Joe Steinmetz Releases Proclamation, Video for Racial Healing Day


January 19th, 2021 will be recognized as National Day of Racial Healing in Arkansas

"The National Day of Racial Healing is a time for contemplation and collective action on #HowWeHeal from the effects of racism. Launched on Jan. 17, 2017, it is an opportunity to bring ALL people together in their common humanity and inspire collective action to create a more just and equitable world. Mark your calendar and join us for essential and timely conversations on racial healing, equity and justice" (source: National Day of Racial Healing, 2020).

More information about event  can be found here: https://healourcommunities.org/day-of-racial-healing/#find-event

National Day of Racial Healing in Arkansas

 


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

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

January 21st
Culture, Dominant Culture and You

Guest Speaker:Dr. Meera Kumar, Instructor, School of Journalism and Strategic Media

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 Hours

January 28th
Topic: Culture, Dominant Culture and You – Part 2 ;

Guest Speaker: Dr. Meera Kumar, Instructor, School of Journalism and Strategic Media


February 4th
Topic: Subverting J. William Fulbright’s Ideals on Civil Rights: How to Approach Diversity, Equity and Inclusion;
Guest Speaker: Dr. Caree Banton, Associate Professor of History and Director of African and African American StudiesIncoming DEI Hours



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


RESOURCES

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 — especially during this unprecedented public health crisis and increasing racial tensions across the country — 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

• '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.

MEET OUR COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES DEI COUNCIL MEMBERS

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

Coordinator

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

Chairperson

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.

 

Equality

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.