A Word from the Director

Welcome to the UAMS Affirmative Action Webpage!

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is committed to maintaining a welcoming, diverse and inclusive community of students, faculty members, staff members, non-employees, guests, and visitors dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge in an atmosphere of fairness and mutual respect, where differences are not only welcomed, but valued. The Affirmative Action section of the Office of Human Resources is responsible for the development of programs, training, outreach, and compliance efforts to ensure the University’s commitment to a harassment and discrimination-free environment. We believe that complying with related laws and guidelines is only one step in fulfilling our obligations to these principles.

Our section oversees the University’s compliance efforts with Affirmative Action, Title IX, disability and veteran laws and regulations (including Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act), equal employment laws, and campus initiatives aimed at creating an inclusive, welcoming and equitable campus. We provide advice on policies, programs, and services to achieve affirmative action goals and enhance the campus climate.  Our vision is to create a diverse, nondiscriminatory campus community where every individual is valued and where every individual receives fair and equitable treatment and equal opportunities. We promote advocacy and understanding of equal opportunity, affirmative action and inclusiveness for all who work, learn, and receive care here. By respecting and valuing differences in race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined by state and federal law), status as a protected veteran, sex, age, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation, opportunities become numerous. Approaches to problem solving and decision making are multi-dimensional, leading to success and empowering individuals to strive for excellence.

We have structured this webpage as a mechanism to understand the role of our section and Equal Employment and Affirmative Action in general. We have provided links to other sites with related content and a means to ask questions or deliver your comments to us. Please do not hesitate to contact us with your questions, concerns and ideas.


Odette B. Woods, J.D., SPHR

Senior Human Resources Director

Immigration, Title IX, and Affirmative Action Compliance