Shattering the Glass Ceiling

“Shattering the Glass Ceiling, Part 2 –

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Edith Irby Jones,”

This event will feature an all-female panel, who will discuss challenges and opportunities African American women face as they progress in the medical field.  This event will  take place on September 12th and will also include lunch.  It will begin at 11:30 and end at 1 p.m.  The location for this event is the I. Dodd Wilson Building, Room 126.
Panelist: Linda Haynie-Green, MD, Ronda Henry-Tillman, MD, Nicole Bauknight-Boles, MD, Sasha Ray, UAMS M3
Moderator:Lanita White, PhamD

Celebration 70th Anniversary of Dr. Edith Irby Jones

  Dr Edith Irby Jones Flyer - Sept 5th In 1948, nine years before the "Little Rock Nine" integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, Edith Irby Jones became the first African American (A-A) student to attend racially mixed classes south of the Mason Dixon Line, and the first A-A student to attend and to graduate from the University of Arkansas’ School of Medicine (now UAMS).  In honor of the 70th anniversary of her matriculation to medical school, we are hosting two public events and one private luncheon to celebrate Dr. Edith Irby Jones.     “The Quiet Pioneer:  Dr. Edith Irby Jones, first African American Medical Student in the South,” is scheduled for September 5th, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Active Learning Center, located on the 1st Floor of the UAMS Library.  This event will feature presentations by Dr. Erick Messias, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, and the UAMS Historical Research Center highlighting the life and legacy of Dr. Edith Irby Jones. Lunch will be served beginning at 11:30 and the presentations will begin at Noon.    



March 16, 2018: Student LULAC Group Serves Latino Community. Click here to read more. 

Feb. 9: NIMHD Health Disparities Research Institute application is coming soon for post-doctoral fellows, assistant professors, or individuals in similar early stage research career positions.

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Center for Diversity Affairs

The Center for Diversity Affairs (CDA) has been charged by the UAMS administration to take on a leadership role in increasing diversity and improving cultural competency across the four domains of the institutional mission: patient care, education, research, and outreach.

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The CDA originated in 1976 under the auspices of the College of Medicine as the Office of Minority Affairs, which was later re-named the Center for Diversity Affairs. Its purpose was to increase the number of medical graduates from traditionally underrepresented groups (African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders) and to support students from these groups during their medical training.

In 2010, the CDA’s mission at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) was broadened when Chancellor Dan Rahn established it as the campus’ “center of gravity” for diversity and inclusion at UAMS. This was done in recognition of diversity as an institutional core value, critical to the fulfillment of the mission of UAMS, as stated in the 2020 Strategic Plan: We are committed to the importance of the diversity of UAMS leadership, faculty, staff and students in order to enhance the education of our students, reduce racial and ethnic health disparities in our state, and provide an environment in which all employees and views are welcomed.

The CDA operates to serve all components of the entire UAMS institution, including the six academic units, seven institutes, and University Hospital, in its efforts to become a more diverse, inclusive, and culturally competent academic health center, through the provision of leadership, programs, and resources, as well as collaboration and partnerships.

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  • Diversity: Individual differences (e.g., personality, abilities, and life experiences) and group differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, age, culture, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, language, and country of origin as well as political, religious, or other affiliation).
  • Inclusion: A sense of belonging: feeling respected, valued for who you are; feeling a level of supportive energy and commitment from others so than you can do your best work. (Miller and Katz, 2002)
  • Equity: Equality, impartiality, justice, and fairness as it applies to opportunity, access, resources or quality of health care.
  • Cultural Competency: A set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies that come together in a system, agency or among professionals and enables them to work effectively in cross-cultural situations.  (National Center for Cultural Competence definition for cultural competency in the health professions, 1989)

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