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.

Learn More
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.

Learn More
Native American History Month

| Native American Heritage Month

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

Learn more

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.

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.

Read more about Dr. Payne-Foster