College Office of Diversity and Inclusion

In this statement from the deans of the college, we support all members of our community — dedicated as we are to the human services professions — affected by the recent traumatizing events, not just related to the death of George Floyd but similar incidents of discrimination, violence and cruelty toward Black Americans.

Fostering a diverse and inclusive environment for scholars and students is a top goal of the College of Education and Health Professions. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion moves beyond norms, stereotypes and expectations because the college is atypical. Degrees in education or health professions, for example, are generally more attractive to women, so encouraging male students to apply to its programs is a focus. Our goal is to not only further diversify our college but to diversify the professions that our students will eventually enter.

The college's stance on diversity is not just focused on gender and race but includes disability status, sexual orientation, age, social class, language, and geographic location as well as a world view on cultures and religions. The inclusion of faculty, staff and students from all groups is key. We seek to reduce stigmas, break barriers and encourage equality and fairness.

The College Office of Diversity and Inclusion is affiliated with the university's Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

Educational programs to be held throughout the academic year now are being scheduled.

The office welcomes all students, faculty and staff with suggestions and questions.

Mission

As preparers of future professionals, the College of Education and Health Professions is committed to fostering an environment of inclusivity and diversity. Diversity refers to all the ways in which people differ, including primary characteristics, such as age, race, gender, ethnicity, mental and physical abilities, and sexual orientation; and secondary characteristics such as education, income, religion — or the absence thereof — and spiritual traditions, work experience, language skills, geographic location, and family status. We respect one’s right to self-identify and hold ourselves responsible for promoting access and equity to enhance the learning and development among all students, faculty and staff.

Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

Members
Kristin Higgins Allison Scott
Mark Koch Angela Smith-Nix
Suzanne Kucharczyk Anthony Vajda
Hung Pham Dirk C. van Raemdonck
Guadalupe Rodriguez  

 

Director

Lewatis D. McNeal, Ph.D.
479-575-5668
lmcneal@uark.edu