Our Team

Let Us Introduce Ourselves

The leadership and team members for the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work to facilitate, organize, promote and provide administrative support in helping the university reach its diversity and inclusion goals.

OFFICE TEAM

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Dr. Yvette Murphy-Erby
Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion
479-575-3338ymurphy@uark.edu
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Angela Mosley Monts, MBA, MA
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion
479-200-8890ammonts@uark.edu
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Ella Donnell Lambey
Executive Assistant, Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
479-575-3338elambey@uark.edu
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Dr. Marcia A. Shobe
Director of Research
479-575-5568mshobe@uark.edu
Dr. Elecia Smith
Executive Director for the IDEALS Institute of the U of A
ecs002@uark.edu
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Judith Tavano
Human Resources Executive and Educator
jtavano@uark.edu
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Victor Wilson
Senior Director of Development and Priority Initiatives
479-575-4411vawilson@uark.edu
Nadia Salley
Graduate Assistant
nzsalley@uark.edu
Dana McGee
Graduate Assistant
dkmcgee@uark.edu

SR. FELLOWS FOR INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY TEAM

Dr. Anna Zajicek

Dr. Anna Zajicek
Welcoming and Inclusive Culture and Climate Fellow
479-575-3205
azajicek@uark.edu

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Anna Zajicek is a Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Sociology and Criminology. She has been involved in various diversity and inclusion efforts at the University of Arkansas since 1996, when she was appointed as Chair of the Gender Studies Steering Committee (1996-1999). She also served on the UA Diversity Taskforce (2000-2003), as Faculty Research Associate with the UA Office for Institutional Diversity & Education (2006-2008), and participated in several other diversity and inclusion efforts since 2008. She has also taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses focused on inclusion and equality, and published numerous articles in the area of equity, diversity, and inclusion. She believes that diversity and inclusion should be at the center of everyday practices in the department and in the classroom, and should be modeled by leadership at all levels and across the entire University. In addition to being the Senior Fellow of Inclusion Team at the University of Arkansas, she currently serves on the UA Women’s Commission and the UA ADVANCE Planning Group.

Dr. Ana Bridges

Dr. Ana Bridges
Senior Education, Training and Support Fellow
479-575-5818
abridges@uark.edu

Ana Bridges is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Science and the director of the Diversity Research and Enhanced Access for Minorities (DREAM) lab. Her research focuses on understanding and ameliorating mental health disparities in vulnerable and underserved populations, with a particular focus on Latinx immigrants. She is the director of two US Department of Health and Human Services Graduate Psychology Education grants that provide educational emphasis on training doctoral psychologists to work in health care teams to address the mental and behavioral health needs of underserved populations in a culturally appropriate manner. Dr. Bridges also chairs the Department of Psychological Science's Diversity Committee and is the Senior Fellow of the Education, Training, and Supports team at the University of Arkansas' Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Dr. Barbara Lofton

Dr. Barbara Lofton
Senior Outreach and Engagement Fellow
479-575-4557
blofton@uark.edu

For more than 20 years Barbara A. Lofton, Ed.D. served as the Director of Diversity & Inclusion for the Sam M. Walton College of Business and now as the Senior Fellow for Engagement and Outreach for the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. While in this role, she serves both as an administrator and assistant professor. During her tenure in these positions, she has evolved into a dynamic leader at the University of Arkansas-as well as in the Fayetteville community and the state of Arkansas. She is widely known for her ability to collaborate effectively with others, both in teaching and non-teaching roles. During her tenure in the Walton College of Business, she has been a leader in establishing several different outreach programs to create awareness about careers in business among under-represented students developed two courses in diversity, scholarship programs, connected with minority alumni, just to name a few. She also works with all levels of students in the Walton College to assist them in becoming successful. Barbara’s leadership expands beyond the walls of the University of Arkansas. She has participated in several regional leadership forum for women and issues for minorities in higher education. Her research interests are focused on the area of business with an emphasis on: the experiences of African American deans in PWIs; the experiences of minority doctoral students, and the status of diversity in colleges/schools of business.

Dr. Jamie Hestekin

Dr. Jamie Hestekin
Strategic Leadership, Resources, and Supports Fellow
479-575-3492
jhesteki@uark.edu

Jamie Hestekin is a Professor in the Ralph E. Martin Department of Chemical Engineering. He is very student focused, specifically giving young people a chance in the lab. He believes that diversity and inclusion should be in the classroom and in professional talks at conferences. In addition to being the Senior Fellow of Strategic Initiatives at the University of Arkansas, he is the chair of the working group in his department for Diversity and Inclusion. As part of this role he has arranged many diversity related seminars and has chaired a panel at a national conference entitled “The Power of Diversity in Moving the Planet Forward”. View the videos of all of the events.