Dec. 17: Winner of the MCAT prep post-program survey draw is announced!
Dec. 2: Women in Medicine LGBTQ Leadership Scholarships application for medical students is now available!
Oct. 9: The CDA subscription service is now online — join our mailing list today and stay informed!
Sept. 12: 2016 UAMS Diversity Award Nominees and Winners Announced**
**Complete slideshow of the Diversity Award nominees and winners is here.
Aug. 17: Walmart Foundation Awards $56,000 to CDA Diversity Programs*
*Bonus photos of the Walmart Foundation award are in Diversitas.
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.
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.
- 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)
Open for Registration
2017 Spring Conferences:
- MAPS Conference for pre-medicine college students
- Diversity Day for all pre-health college students and advisors
- HPREP for pre-health high school students
2017 Summer Programs:
- Final MCAT Preparation for pre-medical students
- Pre-Medical Summer Scholars for pre-medical students
- Summer PCAT Preparation for pre-pharmacy students (hosted by COP)
- Summer Research Internship for high school and undergraduate students
- Academy of Pre-Health Scholars for high school students
- Junior STEM Academy for K-6 students
Summer & Fall 2016 in press
- People: Sasha Ray Awarded SNMA Future Leadership Program Fellowship (Nov. 3, 2016)
- Article: The Greatest of All Time (July 26, 2016)
- Article: US Supreme Court and Holistic Admissions (May 11, 2016)
College of Medicine Class of 2020 with the CDA MedEd program
- CDA Student Information Card for personalized academic and career advising