Aliayah Coleman

| First Gen Graduate Creates Lasting Legacy

Alabama native Aliayah Coleman graduates this month with a bachelor’s degree in accounting before heading to a prestigious investment bank. A first-generation college student, Aliayah said the strong academics and energetic campus atmosphere drew her to The University of Alabama.

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Members of the UA Gandhi-King Exchange posed infront of the University entrance sign

| UA Selected for First Gandhi-King Exchange

The University of Alabama implemented the first Gandhi-King Scholarly Exchange Initiative, which aims to develop 20 aspiring young civic leaders from India and the U.S. to work together to advance civil rights, social justice and inclusion locally, nationally and internationally by exploring the legacies of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.

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Elizabeth Naranjo Hayes

| Military Veteran Helps Bridge Cultural Gaps

Elizabeth Naranjo Hayes wants to change the world by helping college students immerse themselves in a new culture and language. In her new tenure-track position, Hayes has found herself where she feels her path was always leading her, and her degree and experiences from The University of Alabama helped her get there.

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Quick Facts on UA's Diversity

Goal 3 of UA's Strategic Plan is dedicated to enriching UA's learning and work environment by providing an accepting, inclusive community that attracts and supports a diverse faculty, staff and student body. Here are some quick facts on how UA's meeting this goal.

Diversity Initiatives

UA has produced 1,695 active diversity efforts in the last 5 years.

Student Organizations

UA has over 70 different student organizations which have diversity and inclusion as a focus.


Fall 2020 had an enrollment of 8,003 minority students (21.15% of total enrollment).

Diversity-Related Courses

Over one-third of UA's undergraduate curriculum (36%, 1083 courses) is diversity-related.

Road traffic images left, Dr. Bharat Balasubramanian right

| Dr. Bharat Balasubramanian

  Professor, College of Engineering
Executive Director, Center for Advanced Vehicle Technologies

Dr. Bharat Balasubramanian, an auotmated-vehicle pioneer and professor of Engineering, is the new chief mobility research and development officer for the Alabama Transportation Institute. He takes on the additional responsibility of creating and implementing a vision for connected, automated and electric mobility research and elevating the profile of ATI both locally and globally on Aug. 1. With expertise in the fields of electric and automated vehicles and the requisite infrastructure, Balasubramanian, known on campus as Dr. B, brings nearly 40 years of experience in research and development with Daimler AG in the Mercedes-Benz Cars Division. After retiring from Daimler in 2012 as vice president of group research and advanced engineering, Balasubramanian accepted an appointment as professor in both mechanical engineering and electrical and computer engineering at UA.

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