University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Diversity Programs

The Walton College is committed to increasing students’ awareness of diversity and increasing the extent to which they value its significance. The Office of Diversity & Inclusion was developed in 1994 to support, advocate and assist the Walton College in developing plans for diversity throughout the college.

Summer Programs

The summer programs in the Sam M. Walton College of Business Office of Diversity & Inclusion are designed to help educate and inform students about opportunities in various areas of the business field. These programs allow students to work hands on with other students and industry professionals to gain experience to jumpstart their college experience.



Business Leadership Academy

Business Leadership Academy

The Business Leadership Academy (BLA) is a summer residential program for newly admitted students in the Sam M. Walton College of Business. BLA creates an awareness of retail career choices and opportunities that exist within all college of business majors.

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ACA

Accounting Career Awareness Program

Accounting Career Awareness Program is a residential program designed to introduce underrepresented rising high school juniors and seniors to accounting & business careers. ACAP students will attend undergraduate-level classes and network with accounting professionals from local companies.

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FSP

Fleischer Scholars Program

The Fleischer Scholars Program is a brand new summer residential program for the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. The program is geared towards underrepresented students that are interested in business and entrepreneurship.

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New & Noteworthy

University of Arkansas Represented at AACSB International Diversity and Inclusion Summit

University of Arkansas Represented at AACSB International Diversity and Inclusion Summit

Barbara Lofton, director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Elecia Smith, executive director of the U of A’s IDEALS Institute, presented a workshop at the AACSB International Associate Deans Conference held Nov. 13-15.

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Lofton Receives Diversity Champion Award

Lofton Receives Diversity Champion Award

Barbara Lofton received the Tony Walker Diversity Champion Award from the Gerald and Candace Alley Foundation Nov. 20, 2019, to acknowledge her work to support and promote diversity and inclusion.

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Walton College Engages Students Through Summer Programs

Walton College Engages Students Through Summer Programs

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion introduces high performing minority students to college life, available resources and career opportunities through summer camp programs on campus.

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Mission

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion at Sam M. Walton College of Business acknowledges the importance of representation, integration and the fundamentals of equality among all individuals. Our mission is to advance, inform and enable cultural perspectives among faculty, staff and students to harness, transform, and transition diversity and inclusion competencies into the workforce, impacting Arkansas, the United States and the world.

 

Vision

To be among the top ranked institutions in the Unites States for diversity in higher education. We will achieve success through fostering a culture of inclusion through the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff and students, expanding opportunities in the college and community among partners and donors through implementing pre-college programs and recruitment activities and developing awareness of these values across students, staff, and faculty groups.

 

Values

To continue the advancement of our efforts we will be thought leaders in the following areas:

  • Developing Multicultural Awareness, Knowledge and Skills
  • Diversity Intelligence
  • Curriculum Enrichment
  • Leadership and Partnership
  • Collaboration