Diversity Advisory Committee

(replaces the Affirmative Action Advisory Committee)

As set forth in University of Central Arkansas Board Policy 525:


(a) review all policies, programs, and offices of the University of Central Arkansas in an effort to (i.) promote and maintain a diverse student, faculty, and staff population and (ii) foster an environment of inclusion and diversity;

(b) develop and present to the Board of Trustees and the President (i) plans and recommendations to increase diversity, including but not limited to, staffing, budget recommendations, and program changes, if any, and (ii) recommendations concerning language to be included in University publications, advertisements, and other materials on the subject of diversity;

(c) prepare and file with the Board of Trustees and the Office of the President, an annual report on diversity initiatives with such recommendations as the committee may deem necessary and advisable; and

(d) undertake such other activities, studies or initiatives as the Committee may, from time-to-time, deem necessary or advisable, as well as conduct any other matters within the Committee’s jurisdiction as may be requested by the Board of Trustees.


The chair of the committee shall be the university’s chief diversity officer/ his or her designee. The committee shall hold at least one meeting in the fall semester and one meeting in the spring semester each year. Special meetings may be called by the chair, or upon the request of any two members of the committee. At least two working days’ notice of any meeting shall be provided to each member.


  • One member of the University’s Board of Trustees, appointed by the Board of Trustees
  • University’s Chief Diversity Officer or his/her designee, chair (ex-officio)
  • Associate Vice President of Human Resources (ex officio)
  • Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness (previously Director of Assessment, ex officio)
  • Professional Development and Training Coordinator (ex officio, non-voting)
  • Two persons appointed by the Board of Trustees, at least one of whom shall be a person holding an administrative position at the University
  • One faculty member from each College appointed by the Faculty Senate from nominations submitted by the Dean of each College and one At-Large faculty member selected by the Faculty Senate from the non-affiliated faculty
  • Four persons designated as representatives from the Staff Senate
  • Two persons designated as representatives from the Student Government Association
  • One person designated as the representative from the UCA Alumni Association
  • One person designated as the representative from the UCA Foundation, Inc.
  • Ex-officio positions are permanent members of the committee.

The UCA Board member and the representatives from the UCA Alumni Association, the

UCA Foundation, and the Student Government Association shall serve one-year terms on the committee.
All other members shall serve two-year terms.

Members of the committee may be reappointed.

Reports to

University President


Ex-Officio Appointments
Angela Webster (chair)
Bridget Fortenberry (non-voting)
Jacob Held (non-voting)
Charlotte Strickland (non-voting)

University Board of Trustee Member Appointment
Jim Rankin – 2024

Board of Trustees Appointments
Shawanna Rodgers – 2024
Robin Williamson – 2025

Faculty Senate Appointments
Elizabeth Smith (CAHSS) – 2025
Lara Davis (CHBS) – 2024
Krista Peppers (CNSM) – 2025
Steve Schlachter (COB) – 2025
Evan Faidley (COE) – 2025
Cindy Lea (Unaffiliated) – 2025

Staff Senate Appointments
Veneta Fricks – 2025
Millie Goins – 2025
Nadia Eslinger – 2024
Emily Hall – 2024

SGA Representatives
Maddie Welborn – 2024
Brentlee Wilkins – 2024

UCA Alumni Association Appointment
Alison Taylor – 20244

UCA Foundation Appointment
Jessica Taylor – 2024

Reports to

University President

Meeting Minutes

April 11, 2024
November 30, 2023
April 19, 2023
November 7, 2022
May 18, 2022
November 9, 2021
April 15, 2021
November 5, 2020
November 12, 2019
April 10, 2019
November 5, 2018
March 27, 2018
October 17, 2017
April 10, 2017
October 3, 2016
February 15, 2016
October 5, 2015
March 9, 2015
October 6, 2014
April 21, 2014
March 31, 2014
February 11, 2014
December 1, 2013

Last updated on April 104 2021