Dr. Mairin Odle standing presenting her new book

| New Book: Cross-Cultural Body Modification

Dr. Mairin Odle’s book, “Under the Skin: Tattoos, Scalps, and the Contested Language of Bodies in Early America” (University of Pennsylvania Press, Nov. 2022), looks at body modifications as signs of alliance or conflict in the interactions between Natives and newcomers in 17th and 18th-century North America.

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| January Programming: Learning and Fun

The Spring semester begins with numerous events and activities for students, faculty, staff and the community. From celebrating the King holiday to learning about National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the month offers films, trainings, exhibits, lunch-and-learns, and more.

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Aslan Chikovani

| Piano Virtuoso: National Prize Recipient

Aslan Chikovani, a first-year piano performance master’s student in UA's School of Music, is well-known around the Republic of Georgia, Poland, Germany and the Netherlands, where he has been winning awards and accolades for years. Now, he has won first prize in a U.S. national competition.

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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 more than 2,000 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 2022 had an enrollment of 8,542 students of ethnic and racial minorities, a 2% increase over Fall 2021.

Diversity-Related Courses

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

Dr. Viola Acoff

| Dr. Viola Acoff

 Associate Dean
for Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

 College of Engineering

Dr. Viola Acoff is the recipient of the 2023 Distinguished Lectureship in Materials and Society. The lectureship, sponsored jointly by ASM International and The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS), “recognizes an individual experienced in a policy-making role in the field of materials engineering for [the] nation and its industries — an eminent individual who has an overview of technology and society in which technology and society are affected by development in materials science and engineering.” According to the lectureship’s selection committee, Acoff was chosen “For leading TMS and ASM’s advocacy for racial justice for African Americans in U.S. legislative offices [and] for her exceptional technical achievements and impact on broadening participation in [materials science and engineering].”