Religious Observances Graphic Element

| Religious Observances and Holy Days

Use this resource to see dates for various holy days and observances of different faiths as you plan your academic calendar.

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Students holding First Day UA signs from fall 2021

| Historic Student Diversity at UA

The University welcomed its largest, most diverse freshman class in history this fall, and the milestones don’t end there.

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Native American History Month

| Native American Heritage Month

Celebrate the culture, traditions and history of Native Americans during November.

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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.

Enrollment

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.

Dr. Pamela Payne-Foster

| Dr. Pamela Payne-Foster

 Professor of Community Medicine and Population Health
 College of Community Health Sciences

In December, National Medical Fellowships will honor Dr. Pamela Payne-Foster with the NMF Distinguished Alumni Award for her impact on the advancement of health equity and health care research in rural and underserved communities. Dr. Payne-Foster is deputy director for Community Outreach for the College’s Institute for Rural Health Research and a Senior Fellow for Strategic Partnerships in the Office of Academic Affairs. She teaches medical students and interacts with undergraduate and graduate students in her role as coordinator of health-related service-learning activities, and in research endeavors in rural and underserved communities in Alabama.

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