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StudentArticle: Summer Internship Pays Dividends (Dec. 1, 2017)

Most research assistants and students have to wait well into their college careers to garner hands-on, graduate-level research experience. Thanks to a summer internship at UAMS, high school senior Sabrina Jones got that opportunity years early….[more]

Article: Taking the Challenge to See the Other (Mar. 30, 2017)

In the United States, every seven minutes someone loses their sight permanently. While these statistics speak to physical blindness, I would suggest that there is another type of blindness that is far more prevalent — an inability to see “the Other”…[more]

News: UAMS Welcomes Undergraduate Students for Diversity Day (UAMS News; Mar. 23, 2017)

Undergraduate students recently learned the ins and outs of what it’s like to be a UAMS student and work toward a career in health care…[more]

Billy Thomas, MD, MPH UAMS Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion Professor, College of Medicine

Article: The Williams Sisters: Straight out of Compton (Mar. 18, 2017)

For the past two decades, the Williams sisters have dominated the sport of tennis, with winning multiple singles, doubles and Olympic titles. Serena now has a total of 23 grand slam singles titles, second only Margaret Court’s record of 24. It is a record Serena will soon eclipse…[more]

News: HPREP Teaches High School Students Possibilities at UAMS (Mar. 9, 2017)

More than 100 Arkansas high school students were on campus Feb. 25 to learn about education opportunities and health care careers…[more]


People: Sasha Ray Awarded SNMA Future Leadership Program Fellowship (Nov. 3, 2016)

Sasha Ray, a second-year medical student, has been awarded the Future Leadership Program Fellowship by the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) for her outstanding leadership skills and her work on a national leadership project while attending medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)…[more]

UAMS Students Show Helena Teens Career Choices in Health Care (UAMS News; Oct. 27, 2016)

UAMS students visited KIPP Delta Collegiate High School in Helena recently to share with the nearly college-bound students the vast opportunities and careers in health care.

News: 2016 UAMS Diversity Award Nominees and Winners Announced (Sept. 12, 2016)

The nominees and winners of the 2016 UAMS Diversity and Inclusion Awards were revealed today during the State of Diversity at UAMS address. This year has been the most competitive year with a total of 22 unique nominations for UAMS faculty, staff, and students…[more]

CDA-exclusive award presentation slideshow provided by Odette Woods, JD: [click here to view]

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News: Bank of America Gives $24,500 for UAMS Diversity Programs (UAMS News; Aug. 23, 2016)

Bank of America continued its stalwart support for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) with a $24,500 corporate foundation gift given to the UAMS Center for Diversity Affairs at an August 23 presentation…[more]

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News: Walmart Foundation Awards $56,000 to UAMS for Diversity Programs (UAMS News; Aug. 17, 2016)

LITTLE ROCK — The Walmart Foundation has given $56,000 to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) for its Center for Diversity Affairs Programs. The summer enrichment programs encourage students throughout the state to consider careers in health care…[more]

CDA-exclusive high-resolution photos contributed by Dr. Stephen Schafer:

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Billy Thomas, MD, MPH UAMS Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion Professor, College of Medicine

Article: The Greatest of All Time (July 26, 2016)

I first became aware of Muhammad Ali, then Cassius Clay, in 1964 as he was preparing for his first fight with Sonny Liston. What I most remember is the very negative portrayal of both fighters by the media. The fight was more than a boxing match. It was a clash of two very different ideas of what it meant to be a Black man in America…[more]

Billy Thomas, MD, MPH UAMS Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion Professor, College of MedicineArticle: US Supreme Court and Holistic Admissions (May 11, 2016)

Arecent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education highlighted recent protests by minority students at colleges and universities across the country. The students as well as minority faculty called for greater inclusion and transparency and better support services. These protests have drawn attention to ever widening racial disparities in higher education…[more]

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