Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

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The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (IDI) seeks to foster an environment where everyone feels visible, valued, and validated. IDI serves to help UCA become Arkansas’ premier university for the tenets of diversity, belonging, inclusion, and equity. These principles are described below:

DIVERSITY: UCA gives attention to representation as measured quantitatively

BELONGING: It is the aim of UCA for all individuals to feel welcome across differences

INCLUSION: UCA aspires toward inclusive excellence by involving diverse communities in decision-making that impacts the policies, procedures, and practices of the campus

EQUITY: UCA collaborates to alleviate  gaps, disparities, and disproportionalities and remove predictability of outcomes for historically underrepresented groups

We welcome your collaboration in promoting diversity, belonging, inclusion, and equity. For service opportunities and partnerships, please be in touch. Many thanks for visiting our site.

Diversity and Training Commitments

2020/2021 Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint

UCA Diversity Statement

UCA is dedicated to attracting and supporting a diverse student, faculty, and staff population and enhanced multicultural learning opportunities. We value the opportunity to work, learn, and develop in a community that embraces the diversity of individuals and ideas, including race, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, gender, marital status, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, physical ability, political affiliation, and intellectual perspective.

Institutional Diversity and Inclusion Signature Initiatives

Academic Bridge Connection (ABC) Presentation Series

  • Small-group presentations on student- and career success
  • Target audience is UCA students
  • This program is open to all students regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, gender, sex, sexual identity, marital status, socioeconomic background, physical ability, political affiliation, and intellectual perspective

Academic Conferences for UCA Students

  • Conventions that offer leadership development, access, exposure, and opportunity
  • Target audience is UCA historically minoritized students
  • This program is open to all students regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, gender, sex, sexual identity, marital status, socioeconomic background, physical ability, political affiliation, and intellectual perspective

Black Graduate Student Association

  • Enhance and promote social, academic, and professional development of graduate students
  • Target audience is black graduate students
  • This program is open to all students regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, gender, sex, sexual identity, marital status, socioeconomic background, physical ability, political affiliation, and intellectual perspective

Campus Climate Survey

  • A survey that is administered to gain information that helps UCA realize its aspiration of attracting and supporting a diverse body of students, faculty, and staff
  • All UCA faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate
  • This program is open to all faculty, staff, and students regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, gender, sex, sexual identity, marital status, socioeconomic background, physical ability, political affiliation, and intellectual perspective

Center for Teaching Excellence Partnership

  • Collaborate with CTE in discussions and presentations on matters of diversity, belonging,  inclusion and equity that pertain to the classroom environment, the curriculum, and the overall academic experience
  • Target audience is all UCA faculty
  • This program is open to all faculty regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, gender, sex, sexual identity, marital status, socioeconomic background, physical ability, political affiliation, and intellectual perspective
Coaching Circle

  • To offer connective and collective learning opportunities for leadership development and practice
  • Target audience is African American female, faculty/staff who serve as formal or informal leaders
  • This program is open to all faculty and staff regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, gender, sex, sexual identity, marital status, socioeconomic background, physical ability, political affiliation, and intellectual perspective

 Inclusive Community. Inclusive Excellence

  • Presentations and discussions on a variety of topics regarding diversity, belonging, inclusion, and equity
  • Target audience is UCA faculty, staff, and students
  • This program is open to all faculty, staff, and students regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, gender, sex, sexual identity, marital status, socioeconomic background, physical ability, political affiliation, and intellectual perspective

Diversity Advisory Committee

  • This body reviews policies, programs, and practices of offices in order to promote and maintain a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff and foster an environment of diversity, belonging, inclusion, and equity
  • Target audience is UCA faculty, staff, students, alumni, community members, and Board of Trustees as appointed by their respective bodies or UCA administration, according to Board policy
  • These sessions are open to all regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, gender, sex, sexual identity, marital status, socioeconomic background, physical ability, political affiliation, and intellectual perspective

Diversity After Hours

  • Events that help to alleviate isolation, promote fellowship, and cultivate community
  • Target audience is Black, Indigenous, and other Faculty and Staff of Color
  • This program is open to all faculty and staff regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, gender, sex, sexual identity, marital status, socioeconomic background, physical ability, political affiliation, and intellectual perspective

Diversity Equity and Civility Concerns (DECC)

  • A process for reporting acts of discrimination, inequities, or incivility in the UCA community
  • Target audience is all faculty, staff, students and campus guests
  • This program is open to all regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, gender, sex, sexual identity, marital status, socioeconomic background, physical ability, political affiliation, and intellectual perspective

 Diversity and Inclusion Awards and Recognition

  • IDI seeks to locate opportunities for UCA to be recognized for its efforts and advancement in diversity, belonging, inclusion, and equity
  • See Diversity Awards, Honors, and Scholarly Activities on the IDI website
  • This program is open to all faculty and staff regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, gender, sex, sexual identity, marital status, socioeconomic background, physical ability, political affiliation, and intellectual perspective

Diversity and Inclusion Consultation

  • Collaborate with programs, departments, Colleges and Divisions on matters of diversity, belonging, inclusion, and equity
  • Target audience is the UCA community
  • This program is open to all faculty, staff, and students regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, gender, sex, sexual identity, marital status, socioeconomic background, physical ability, political affiliation, and intellectual perspective

Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Award

  • This award recognizes individuals who demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence on and/or off campus. These individuals have made a significant impact related to the university’s core values of diversity including recruitment and retention of a diversified body of student, faculty, and staff; support of the diverse needs of the students we serve; and/or enhancement of interactions in a global community
  • Target audience is UCA faculty and staff
  • This program is open to all faculty and staff regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, gender, sex, sexual identity, marital status, socioeconomic background, physical ability, political affiliation, and intellectual perspective

Diversity Strategic Plan

  • This is the reporting process for documenting the University’s efforts in diversity, belonging, inclusion, and equity
  • Target audience is all UCA programs, departments, Colleges, and Divisions
  • Representatives of UCA programs, departments, Colleges, and Divisions may participate in this process regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, gender, sex, sexual identity, marital status, socioeconomic background, physical ability, political affiliation, and intellectual perspective

Diversity Website

  • This website serves as a clearinghouse to represent the variety of diversity, belonging, inclusion, and equity programming that occurs at UCA
  • Target audience is anyone seeking information on UCA’s diversity, belonging, inclusion, and equity initiatives
  • This site is open to all regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, gender, sex, sexual identity, marital status, socioeconomic background, physical ability, political affiliation, and intellectual perspective

Faculty of Color Retreat

  • An annual event to enhance the retention and development of faculty
  • Target audience is UCA Black, Indigenous, and other Faculty of Color
  • This program is open to all faculty regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, gender, sex, sexual identity, marital status, socioeconomic background, physical ability, political affiliation, and intellectual perspective

Faculty Recruitment

  • Participation in activities to attract a diverse body of faculty
  • Target audience is Black, Indigenous, and other Faculty of Color
  • Engage prospective faculty regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, gender, sex, sexual identity, marital status, socioeconomic background, physical ability, political affiliation, and intellectual perspective

Fireside Chat

  • An event that affords dialogue with University administrators regarding diversity, belonging, inclusion, and equity matters
  • Target audience is Black, Indigenous, and other Faculty and Staff of Color
  • This program is open to all faculty and staff regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, gender, sex, sexual identity, marital status, socioeconomic background, physical ability, political affiliation, and intellectual perspective

Gender Inclusive Restrooms

  • Promote and coordinate restrooms for use that is not gender-based
  • The restrooms are open to all people regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs,national origin, age, gender, sex, sexual identity, marital status, socioeconomic background, physical ability, political affiliation, and intellectual perspective. These spaces are also ideal for families
  • List of locations

HBCU Outreach

  • An event for students, faculty, and staff from historically black colleges and universities to visit the UCA campus and gain information about graduate programs
  • Target audience is historically underrepresented, undergraduate minoritized students and HBCU faculty/staff advisors
  • This program is open to all  regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, gender, sex, sexual identity, marital status, socioeconomic background, physical ability, political affiliation, and intellectual perspective

Ice Cream Social

  • An event that promotes intercultural dialogue
  • Target audience includes all students, faculty, and staff
  • This program is open to all faculty and staff regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, gender, sex, sexual identity, marital status, socioeconomic background, physical ability, political affiliation, and intellectual perspective

Institutional Diversity and Inclusion Grant Program

  • Mini grants to advance diversity-related programming and to promote the dissemination of diversity-related scholarship
  • Target audience is UCA faculty, staff, graduate students, and Registered Student Organizations
  • This program is open to all faculty, staff, and students regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, gender, sex, sexual identity, marital status, socioeconomic background, physical ability, political affiliation, and intellectual perspective

Lactation Suites

  • Provide multiple, convenient, private, sanitary, and comfortable spaces to nurse, express, collect, and/or store breast milk. There is no fee for the use of any UCA Lactation Suite
  • Target audience is nursing mothers needing such services
  • These facilities are available regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, gender, sex, sexual identity, marital status, socioeconomic background, physical ability, political affiliation, and intellectual perspective
  • List of locations

LGBTQ+ Faculty/Staff Affinity-Resource Group

  • Offers opportunities to cultivate community and professional development, particularly for faculty and staff who are members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies
  • Creates a safe space for recognition and informal mentorship within the community, as well as enables articulation of needs and concerns to the LGBTQ+ Diversity Advisory Committee Subcommittee
  • This program is open to all faculty and staff regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, gender, sex, sexual identity, marital status, socioeconomic background, physical ability, political affiliation, and intellectual perspective

 Minoritized Faculty Mentoring Initiative

  • Mentor/protégé activities to develop a diverse body of faculty
  • Target audience is junior Black, Indigenous, and other Faculty of Color and senior members of faculty
  • This program is open to all faculty regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, gender, sex, sexual identity, marital status, socioeconomic background, physical ability, political affiliation, and intellectual perspective

Minoritized Vendor Partnership Initiative

  • Professional development and networking events to support minority-owned businesses in Arkansas
  • Target audience is minoritized business owners
  • This program is open to all business owners regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, gender, sex, sexual identity, marital status, socioeconomic background, physical ability, political affiliation, and intellectual perspective

Navigating Diversity in Search Committees

  • Professional development that provides strategies to recruit a diverse body of faculty and staff
  • Target audience is all UCA administrators, directors, supervisors, search committee members, and others interested in recruiting a diversity body of faculty and staff to UCA
  • This program is open to all faculty and staff regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, gender, sex, sexual identity, marital status, socioeconomic background, physical ability, political affiliation, and intellectual perspective

Outstanding Diversity Outreach by a Student Award (Student Life)

  • This award recognizes individuals who demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence on and/or off campus, make a significant impact, and embody the University’s core values of diversity, belonging, inclusion, and equity
  • Target audience is UCA students
  • This program is open to all students regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, gender, sex, sexual identity, marital status, socioeconomic background, physical ability, political affiliation, and intellectual perspective

 

Contact Us

Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Bernard Hall 207
University of Central Arkansas
201 Donaghey Avenue
Conway, AR 72035

Email: institutional-diversity@uca.edu
Phone: 501-450-3135
Fax: 501-852-5204