College Diversity Initiatives

View the Programs Taking Part in the Mission

The Division of Diversity, Equity 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.

 Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences

DEI Hour: The DEI Hour is held every Thursday. 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. Learn more at the Fulbright Diversity Office website.

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. Learn more at the Fulbright Diversity Office website.

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

Language and Culture SeriesThe purpose of this series, launching Spring 2021, is to celebrate and share language, culture, customs and more with the campus and its surrounding community. Learn more about the program and how to get your virtual passport!


Biological Sciences

Biomedical Research CampThe Biomedical Research Camp, now in its fifth year, aims to give students a hands-on look at the world of biomedicine, and encourages them to consider educational and career paths in S.T.E.A.M. – science, technology, engineering, math and the arts.

While the camp originally started as a way to help girls connect to science-based opportunities and higher education, last year the camp expanded to include boys, too, including one who got to help demonstrate this year’s experiments. True Bailey, along with his mother Ro, star in the YouTube instructional video sent to this year’s campers.

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 Division of Diversity, Equity 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/Study Abroad

Conversation Club: This program is designed to connect international students and scholars with U.S. students to improve conversational English, enhance cross-cultural communication, and create a sense of belonging to the University of Arkansas community.

Cross Cultural Mentor Program: This program offers current international and U.S. students the opportunity to mentor new international students through communicating with new students before their arrival, leading small groups during orientation, and supporting new students throughout their first semester at the University of Arkansas.

Global Greeks: This program offers opportunities for undergraduate international students and current students affiliated with Greek letter organizations to create greater understanding among students at the University of Arkansas.

iFriend Programs: These programs connect international students and scholars to University of Arkansas upper-class/graduate students as well as families in the northwest Arkansas community for cultural exchange and development of cross cultural friendships..

International Culture Team: The International Culture Team (ICT) is a team of international students, scholars, and their spouses, as well as, American students who have studied abroad who bring the world to the campus and NW Arkansas community through cultural presentations, demonstrations, cooking, displays, and performances.

International Education Week:  International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of the University of Arkansas' efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States.

Study Abroad Student Ambassador (SASA) Program: Peer-to-peer feedback makes a significant impact in the way a student views the feasibility or accessibility of study abroad. Ambassadors receive training that builds their personal and professional development and prepares them to engage in outreach activities that highlight their interest in global education. SASA is focused on developing students’ communication and leadership skills, while also developing their intercultural competencies.


 

Sponsored Students and Special Programs

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

Sponsored Programs: Offers resources and programs for international students, scholars, and university visitors who are financially supported by a third party or with whom we have an agreement to serve.

The International Visiting and Exchange Student Program: Assists international undergraduate or graduate students to study at the University of Arkansas for one semester or one year.

Custom and Short-Term Programs: Non-degree programs that increase the diversity and representation of international populations through custom, collaborative programming with university departments.

Pre-Academic Program for SENACYT Scholars: A collaborative program with the Republic of Panama, National Secretary of Science, Technology and Innovation for a 5-year program of intensive English language training and STEM focused bachelor’s degree.

Fulbright Scholars Program: Services and support for international Fulbright scholarship recipients pursing graduate studies (MS, MA, PHD, etc.) or for research, teaching, outreach, and continuing education.

 

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 annual conference 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: The Razorgrad Institute for Success and Engagement (RISE) is a week-long program every August designed to invest in promising new graduate students from historically underrepresented populations in graduate school (African American, Hispanic or Latinx, American Indian and Alaskan Native, and first-generation) during the transition into graduate education on our campus.

Social Justice Series: The Office of Graduate Student Support offers a number of events designed to improve graduate student community and enhance the feeling of inclusion for all our graduate students. Among these events, we highlight discussions and workshops geared toward current events and issues of social justice, with an eye towards addressing inequities and efforts to become an anti-racist campus.

The Benjamin Franklin Lever Tuition Fellowship is designed to increase diversity within graduate degree programs by providing financial assistance to graduate students from underrepresented groups.  Lever Fellowships pays for graduate tuition up to 15 hours each fall and spring semester.

SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program:  The goal of the Doctoral Scholars Program is to increase the number of minority students who earn doctorates and choose to become faculty at colleges and universities. Since its founding in 1993, the program has supported more than 1,800 scholars who have attended 107 institutions in more than 30 states.

The Environmental Dynamics Program is active in DEI efforts both on campus as part of the UA Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Diversity Leaders Group and off campus. It is a working partner with the National Association of Black Geoscientists, facilitating its national conference and student presentations and attendance.  The Environmental Dynamics Program coordinates the Math-Science and Engineering Academy each year, during which underrepresented minority rising high school juniors from around the country are taught geosciences and engineering with the goal of attracting more underrepresented minority students into the STEM fields.  Much of this work is spearheaded by Assistant Director Jo Ann Kvamme, who was recently honored by selection to the Ideals Institute’s 2021 cohort of Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation.

The Public Policy PhD Program emphasizes equity, equality, and public service.  Those emphases permeate the program structure and cross all specializations/concentrations, though the program also has a specific concentration in Social Justice.  This approach to the study of public policy has consistently enabled the program to recruit and retain members of traditionally under-represented groups, including but not limited to, women, African Americans, Native Americans, LGBT students, and international students.  Public Policy has been the most or one of the most diverse graduate programs at the University of Arkansas for the last decade.

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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