The Office for Diversity and Inclusion would like to recognize the following students for their contributions in making diversity, equity and inclusion a campus priority. We thank you for your openness, courage, respect and dedication to inclusion at the University of Arkansas.
Alexus Bailey (Jonesboro, AR) is a graduating Educational Studies major with a minor in African & African American Studies.
"I am going to grad school for my masters and license to teach."
“Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.”
Chance Bardsley (Farmington, AR) is a graduating Social Work major.
Post-Graduation Goal: To build a social work career where I contribute significantly to my community."
“The only way you really see change is by helping to create it.”
— Lena Waithe
Quincy Carpenter (Anchorage, AK) is a graduating Sports Management major.
Post-Graduation Goal: Orange Bowl Community Outreach Intern.
“Ultimately, America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity.”
Makayla Carr (Little Rock, AR) is a graduating Creative Writing / African American Studies double major.
Post-Graduation Goals: Complete a service year with AmericorpsVISTA program and enroll in graduate school to further my knowledge of African Diasporic Studies
Because service is the core of my being, it is critical to understand the community that you are serving. You have to understand their wants, needs, dreams, aspirations, struggles, and essence of being. You have to put yourself aside and be open to newness and embrace its beauty.
The highest calling of humanity is to grow to love and understand one another, to let each other know “I see you for who you are and I value you.” That is true diversity and inclusion.
— Makayla Carr
Jasmine Hill (Mansfield, TX) is a graduating Biology major with minors in Medical Humanities and Spanish.
Post-Graduation Goals: Attending UNT Health Science Center (College of Pharmacy class
“The beauty of the world lies within the diversity of its people.”
Dominique Horn (Winchester, AR) is a graduating Human Development and Family Sciences/ Premedical Track major.
"My post-graduation goalis to be accepted into a medical school and continue my education to become a pediatrician."
“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that allthe threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color”
— Maya Angelou
Cayla Jones (Memphis, TN) is graduating with an M.A. of Communication
"I am working as an Associate Museum Educator in Youth and Family Programs at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, AR).
I plan to continue advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion in NWA through museum programming and on-campus initiatives at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville."
Wesley Jones (Flower Mound, TX) is a graduating Biological Engineering major.
Post-Graduation Goal: To become a professional engineer and work with renewable energy sources.
“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”
—Martin Luther King Jr.
This quote to me is beyond true. I think that if everyone were to show each other love and compassion despite the color of their skin or where they are from the world would be a much better place because we would all come to see that we are much more a like than different.
Michelle Kaiser (Southlake, TX) is a graduating Social Work major.
Post-graduation goal: Graduate school at Texas State University
“People are opting out of vital conversations about diversity and inclusivity because they fear looking wrong, saying something wrong, or being wrong. Choosing our own comfort over hard conversations is the epitome of privilege, and it corrodes trust and moves us away from meaningful and lasting change.”
Discomfort is the price of admission to a meaningful life.
Amber Lancaster (Pea Ridge, AR) is a graduating Horticulture, Landscape, and Turf major.
Post-Graduation Goal: To get a Masters in Plant Pathology at the University of Arkansas.
I believe that all students willing to learn should have the chance to no matter their race, ethnicity, or gender, and I am willing to help anyone who is willing to put forth the effort.
During my time at the University of Arkansas, I have helped many people that I now consider true friends. Helping them learn has helped me to grow not only as a student but as a person.
Faith Raun (Flower Mound, TX) is a graduating Marketing major with a minor in management.
Post-Graduation Goal: Working with a digital marketing agency to build my skills and knowledge, and living a healthy, happy life.
“Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common.”
I forget who says this quote, but it really stuck with me. Our differences not only make us unique but bind us together. We should use this commonality to strengthen our bonds and learn from each other. It’s a great honor and I’m humbled to be able to create opportunities that celebrate all students!
Madelyn Smith (Katy, TX) is a graduating Marketing major with a minor in management.
"My plans are working full time for Modthink Marketing as a Paid Media Specialist. My goal is to grow in my knowledge and expertise of digital marketing and leadership. I am hoping to do that now in order to lay the groundwork for my career long term!"
Embracing diversity creates a more unified, stronger, and successful community. It provides a new perspective that reaches past one’s worldview, which vital to innovation and success. It’s essential to celebrate people as individuals, embrace differences, and provide opportunities to all people to be a healthily functioning world, community, and university.
It is an honor to help create resources to encourage confidence and provide opportunities for all students to be successful!