Dr. Lizzie Smith

| Safe Zone Gets New Director

Meet Dr. Lizzie Smith, the inaugural director of the UA Safe Zone Resource Center, Oct. 25 at the Safe Zone Open House.

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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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Dr. Archie Wade

| Moore Hall Renamed Wade Hall

The Board of Trustees unanimously voted to rename Moore Hall in honor of Dr. Archie Wade, the first Black UA faculty member.

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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.

Dr. Stephanie Anne Shelton

| Dr. Stephanie Anne Shelton

 Associate Professor of Qualitative Research  College of Education

Dr. Stephanie Anne Shelton was recently honored with the 2021 National Council of Teachers of English LGBTQ+ Advocacy & Leadership Award that recognizes a member of the LGBTQ+ community who has made a significant contribution to NCTE and the development of its professional community. Shelton, who also is an affiliate faculty member with UA’s department of gender and race studies and gifted education program, has been part of the UA faculty since 2016.

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