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.

Celebrating 25 Years

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

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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Technology Awareness Program

The Technology Awareness Program (TAP) is a one-week residency program to introduce underrepresented 11th and 12th grade students to the field of computer information systems.

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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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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. Students will attend undergraduate-level classes, network with accounting professionals from local companies and meet the Northwest Arkansas chapter of National Association of Black Accountants.

The program takes place July 15 - 20, 2018. The application deadline is April 13.

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New & Noteworthy

Think. Plan. Do.

Think. Plan. Do.

Meet accounting student Thea Winston from eastern Arkansas. After Winston graduates in May, she will attend Vanderbilt University to earn a master’s degree in accounting.

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Diversity Is EPIC at Walton College

Diversity Is EPIC at Walton College

Walton College is hosting a picnic and networking event, panel discussion, recruiting information session and doughnut giveaway Oct. 8-11 to promote diversity in the workplace.

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Walton College Hosts Accounting Career Awareness Program

Walton College Hosts Accounting Career Awareness Program

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is hosting 19 high school students from Arkansas and Texas at the Accounting Career Awareness Program July 15-20.

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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.



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.



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