Sylvia C. Carmelita Smith, MEd

Sylvia Smith

  • M.Ed., Special Education, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
  • B.A., Social Science, magna cum laude, First in Class, Distinction in Field, Philander Smith College

S. Carmelita Smith is the Diversity Manager responsible for researching, designing, planing, implementing, and evaluating the Diversity Process for UAMS. She also works with and assists the Chancellor’s Diversity Committee in fostering and developing a strategic Diversity Process for the institution. Some of her other experiences and responsibilities include:

  • Developing greater awareness and support for diversity issues and activities
  • Developing and implementing workshops and programs that enhance sensitivity to multicultural issues and how they impact effective management
  • Conducting or supervising the conduction of surveys and cultural audits to determine baseline data and the appropriate focus for diversity initiatives
  • Reviewing institutional policies and practices to ensure that UAMS is eliminating barriers to achieving established diversity goals
  • Expanding community relations with organizations that offer supported employment programs
  • Developing, Implementing, facilitating and evaluating Valuing Diversity and Managing Diversity training for all personnel
  • Serving as a facilitator/trainer for  the UAMS Training Consortium in the areas of management development, supervisory  training, team building, organizational development
  • Designing and implementing a diversity module for New Employee Orientation
  • Facilitating diversity training for other organizations upon request
  • Consulting with other organizations on implementing a diversity process on request
  • Making diversity presentations locally, regionally  and  nationally
  • Implementing a campus-wide diversity newsletter
  • Maintaining a library of diversity-related training aids
  • Designing programs to enhance recruitment efforts of  women,  people of color, and physically challenged individuals
  • Develop partnerships to make available to employees the following classes: General Education Development (GED), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Conversational Spanish for Medical Professionals
  • Facilitating Conversational English classes for foreign employees (14-year volunteer)