College Diversity Initiatives

View the Programs Taking Part in the Mission

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion works closely with colleges, schools and departments to support their efforts to advance diversity, inclusion and student success. Below are programs, by college, that take part in this mission.

J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences

Fearless Conversations Series: Community members, students, faculty and staff are invited each semester to participate in the “Fearless Conversations” series which promotes dialogue about the most pressing and salient issues of our time, in an effort to achieve meaningful public discourse in an increasingly divisive culture.

School of Journalism

The Lemke Journalism Project: This program is offered to local underrepresented high school students interested in writing about diversity issues in northwest Arkansas.

Sam M. Walton College of Business

Accounting Career Awareness Program: This program is a Summer residency for underrepresented rising high school juniors and seniors interested in accounting and business careers.

Business Leadership Academy: This program provides underrepresented incoming freshman with tools to develop leadership skills and awareness of career and educational opportunities.

Fleischer Scholars Program: This program is a Summer residency for underrepresented rising high school seniors that offers a four-year partial college scholarship. Through the program students learn about resources and develop skills to be successful.

Diversity & Inclusion Summer Grant: The Office for Diversity and Inclusion, in conjunction with the Dean’s Office, will provide summer research support for faculty and/or Ph.D. student research projects pertaining to diversity and inclusion. The research support is intended to stimulate, support, and recognize outstanding research projects related to diversity and inclusiveness as well as to promote diversity research as a legitimate and valued area of scholarship.

Technology Awareness Program: This program is a Summer residency for underrepresented high school juniors and seniors interested in the field of computer information systems.

College of Education & Health Professions

Autism Support Program: This program offers intensive assistance that students with high functioning autism, Asperger's syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and non-verbal learning disability need in order to be successful in college.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: The mission of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Arkansas (U of A) is to provide a community of mature adults with a lifelong learning venue that promotes intellectual vitality through exploration and discussion via diverse, high quality and affordable educational programs. OLLI programs are tailored to adults, 50 years of age and older, however there are no age restrictions or academic prerequisites.

Partners for Inclusive Communities: Partners achieves its mission by assessing the needs of individuals with disabilities, then addressing those needs through research, education, community service, training, technical assistance and collecting and sharing information.

Project RISE: Project RISE at the College of Education and Health Professions offers innovative, high quality, graduate level professional development for teachers. Educators serve an increasingly culturally and linguistically diverse student population. The goal of the Realizing and Increasing Student Excellence program is to increase the number of ESL-endorsed (English as a Second Language), in-service teachers in Northwest Arkansas.

College of Engineering

Engineering Career Awareness Program: This program recruits underrepresented students interested in a career in engineering. Through the program students receive a scholarship and develop skills to be successful.

Graduate School & International Education

International Students and Scholars

Conversation Club: This program is designed to improve international students and scholars their conversational English and offer U.S. students to learn cross-cultural communication.

Cross Cultural Mentor Program: This program offers international and U.S. students the opportunity to mentor new international students.

Global Greeks: This program is offered to undergraduate international students and gives them the opportunity to take park in Greek functions and programs.

iFriend Programs: These programs aim to connect international students and scholars to the northwest Arkansas community.

The International Visiting Student Program: This program assists international undergraduate students to study at the University of Arkansas for one semester or one year.

In addition to the programs listed above, Sponsored Student Programs and The Office of Special Programs offer resources and programs to international students.

Graduate School and International Education

Graduate School

Attracting Intelligent Minds (AIM) Conference: This program is hosted annually by The University of Arkansas Black Graduate Student Association, in conjunction with the Graduate School and International Education. The conference, now in its eleventh year, provides opportunities for prospective graduate students from historically black colleges and universities and Hispanic-serving institutions to learn about the U of A graduate programs, funding sources and research opportunities. Those in attendance will also meet with faculty and students from their programs of interest.

The RISE Bridge Program: This program is offered to underrepresented incoming graduate students. The program provides an intellectual, professional and social introduction to the University of Arkansas.

Honors College

Path Program: This program is offered to underrepresented high school students who meet certain academic, leadership and civic engagement requirements.

School of Law

Summer Pre-Law Program (SPPARK): This program is offered to underrepresented rising college juniors and seniors who are interested in law school.

Native Youth in Food & Agriculture Leadership Summit: This program is offered to American Indian, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian youth who are interested in food and agriculture production or policy.

Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative: This initiative seeks to increase student enrollment in the land grant universities in food and agricultural-related disciplines by supporting existing students and creating early pipeline programs for youth, and creating new academic and executive education programs in food and agriculture, including law, policy, and tribal governance.

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