Aisha Winston.

| Change Agent

Tuscaloosa native and graduate student Aisha Winston has spent the past academic year serving her local community and others in rural Alabama as part of the School of Social Work’s new Black Belt Internship Initiative.

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Benjamin Trost.

| Udall Scholar

Benjamin Trost, a junior, was among 55 college students from around the nation to receive the Udall Undergraduate Scholarship which identifies future leaders in environmental, tribal public policy and health care fields.

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Raeed Kabir and Blake Yuenger.

| Hollings Scholars

Raeed Kabir, of Biloxi, Mississippi, and Blake Yuenger, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, are the recipients of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship.

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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. Read the UA Strategic Plan.

Featured Faculty & Staff


Dr. Jennifer Cox.

| Dr. Jennifer Cox

 Associate Professor

 Department of Psychology

 College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Jennifer Cox, an associate professor in the psychology department, is the recipient of the 2024 Lahoma Adams Buford Endowed Peace Award.

The Buford Peace Award is a Universitywide recognition presented by the School of Social Work at its annual awards ceremony at the end of each academic year. The honor is bestowed on a faculty member who in their teaching, research, professional practice and personal life has demonstrated exceptional levels of involvement in mediating human disputes, helping overcome prejudice, promoting justice and establishing peace.

As a clinical psychologist, Cox has dedicated her career to applying scientific research to combat disparities within the U.S. criminal legal system, with a particular focus on racial and ethnic inequalities and the challenges faced by individuals with severe mental illness.

Since joining the faculty of The University of Alabama in 2014, Cox has been a catalyst for change, spearheading initiatives to address systemic issues in criminal legal policy, particularly in the Deep South.

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