Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events


National Diversity Day
October 7/Friday
“Embrace diversity, embrace our world” is the slogan of this day in celebration of the rich human diversity of our nation.

18th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Oct. 22/Saturday, 8 a.m., downtown Little Rock

For more information: (501) 202-4399; 

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month
“Profit by Investing in Workers with Disabilities” is the 2011 theme for this month, which Congress designated in recognition of the contributions as well as employment needs of Americans with disabilities. The UAMS Office of Human Resources and Arkansas Can Do, Inc. are collaborating on four events (one occurred Oct. 12) during the month of October as well as Diversity Awareness Day:

“Differing Abilities 101” 
Oct. 12/Wednesday, 12 noon or 1 p.m. (two times to choose from), Pauly Auditorium, COPH
Presenter: David Deere, UAMS Partners for Inclusive Communities

Celebration of Disability Awareness Day
Oct. 19/Wednesday, 10 a.m.-noon, State Capitol Rotunda, second floor
Hosted by the Arkansas Disability Coalition

“Invisible Barriers, Unconscious Bias
Oct. 26/Wednesday, 12 noon or 1 p.m. (two times to choose from), Pauly Auditorium, COPH
Presenters:  Billy Altom, Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living
SeRonna Rodgers, Disability Rights Center of Arkansas

October is the month to recognize these ethnic groups’ history and many contributions to our nation:
Italian-American Heritage Month
Filipino American History Month
German-American Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)
National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)

LBGT History Month – October has been given this designation to encourage honesty and openness about being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

National Coming Out Day
Oct. 11/Tuesday
A day to come out in support of LGBT equality


November is Native American Heritage Month
This month is a time to pay tribute to the history and heritage of Native Americans and Native Alaskans. The month was selected because it is traditionally a time of fall harvest festivals, powwows and world-renewal ceremonies for Native Americans.

Distinguished S.T.E.M. Lecture Series
Nov. 1/Tuesday, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.,
Philander Smith College Fine Arts Auditorium 
Sponsored by the Arkansas Mentoring & Networking Association (AMNA)
Reception: 5-6 p.m., UAMS Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute.

Lecture on Cultural Competency and Health Disparities, sponsored by College of Pharmacy
Margarita Echeverri, MSC, PhD, of Xavier University School of Pharmacy
Nov. 4/Friday, 12-1 p.m., G225, ED 3; P16, Northwest Campus

The UAMS community is invited to hear Dr. Echeverri speak on cultural competency and how it relates to health disparities. Echeverri is an assistant professor in the Division of Clinical and Administrative Sciences and serves as the coordinator in Health Disparities, Cultural Competence, and Diversity in the Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education at Xavier University of Louisiana School of Pharmacy. The College of Pharmacy is hosting the event as part of Echeverri’s two-day visit to UAMS, during which she will be meeting with members of the COP to discuss ways to implement cultural competency training throughout the COP curricula.

Echeverri’s research is focused on the development of evidence-based strategies and competency-based models for teaching health disparities, cultural competence and diversity in the health professions and on measuring impacts of culturally competent health care providers the reduction of health disparities.

UAMS:  Honoring Service, Commitment and Sacrifice
Throughout the month of November, UAMS will honor veterans, active duty, Reserve and Guard military employees.  Our theme is “UAMS:  Honoring Service, Commitment and Sacrifice.”  Various activities will take place during the month, including the following:

November 3rd Recognition of veterans, active duty military and reservist employees at Employee Service Awards ceremony.

November 4th   Guest speaker, Chaplain Carter Pearce, to discuss transitioning, COPH, 8th Floor Auditorium, refreshments provided.

November 10th   Red, White and Blue Day – employees encouraged to wear red, white and blue to work.  Departments are encouraged to honor veterans in their work areas.

Delivery of care packages to residents of Fort Roots Long Term Care facility.

November 11th   Luncheon for homeless veterans at St. Francis House and delivery of donated items.

November 16th  Education/Benefits fair in conjunction with OHR Benefits Fair.

November 18th  Guest speaker, Dr. Kevin Reeder, to discuss Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, COPH, 8th Floor Auditorium, 8240A, refreshments provided.

November 25th    Delivery of thank you cards to “A Million Thanks” to distribute to those serving in Iraq/Afghanistan.

12th Annual Walk for CommUNITY
Nov. 6/Sunday, 3 p.m., River Market Pavilion
A friend-raiser, fund-raiser and community-building event sponsored by Just Communities of Arkansas. Funds that are raised will support JCA’s youth and community programs. For more information or to register: (501) 372-5120 or

Citizen Diplomacy Summit
Nov. 6-7/Sunday & Monday
Clinton Presidential Center and Central Arkansas Library

Sponsored by the Arkansas Council for International Visitors, the event will provide informational and networking opportunities in international education and business. Open to professionals, students, families, students or anyone interested in reaching out to international visitors to build mutual understanding. For more information: or


Applications for UAMS Summer Enrichment Programs available on CDA website
Dec. 1/Thursday
Applications will be available for Summer Science Discovery (SSDP), Bridging the Gap (BTG), ACT Preparation (ACT) and the Undergraduate Summer Science Enrichment Program (USSEP) I/II.

For more information: or (501) 501 686-8675.