Message From Dr. Beavers

Melvin BeaversDiversity, Equity, and Inclusion mean providing leadership, resources, and support to faculty, staff, and students that will ultimately enrich their time at the university. The goal of the diversity, equity, and inclusion at UA Little Rock is to help support existing efforts to recruit and retain faculty, staff, and students. Additionally, we hope to integrate diversity and amplify curriculum that speaks experiences and knowledge from historically underrepresented and marginalized groups of people. Ultimately, the UA Little Rock DEI charge is to create and sustain a welcoming and inclusive campus experience for all.

Chancellor’s DEI Fellow

The Chancellor’s Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is responsible for coordinating and supporting all diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives on campus including DEI training, diversity recruitment and retention for both students and employees, program development, curricular development, and policy advising. The DEI Fellow advises the Chancellor and the Chancellor’s Cabinet on DEI matters and sits in on both the Chancellor’s Cabinet and the Chancellor’s Race and Ethnicity Advisory Committee. The DEI Fellow may serve in ex officio capacity on other committees or councils such as the University’s Diversity Council. The DEI Fellow engages a broad-based constituency including faculty, staff, and students.

Land Acknowledgement Statement

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock exists on the ancestral homelands of indigenous nations, tribes, and communities—including the Caddo and Quapaw nations. Our campus, like other public institutions, continues to benefit from theft of land, culture, connection, and resources. On this land, representatives from the Choctaw Nation and the Chickasaw Nation dedicated a park to acknowledge and remember the indigenous peoples whom settlers forcibly removed from their homelands. The park is simple. There are trees, a creek, grasses, and wildflowers. At its center, there is a circular path. Walking the circle, we reflect on the connection between past, present, and future—between beginnings, endings, and beginning again. Consistent with the University’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, we must make efforts to truly understand the historical and current experiences of Native peoples. It is about connection to land and the affirmation and direct support of indigenous people and indigenous futures. This support will help to inform the work we do as we build bridges across campus and community and look toward creating brighter futures.