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Arkansas State University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
101 N Caraway Rd
Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401
(870) 972-2782
Email address
School Information
"Focusing on its mission to educate leaders, enhance intellectual growth and enrich lives, Arkansas State University is the catalyst for progress in our state, the Delta and the Mid-South region. Founded in 1909, A-State meets the challenges of continuing as a destination university for more than 14,000 students through the combination of world-class research with a long tradition of student-friendly instruction. The second largest university in Arkansas, Arkansas State is a doctoral-level national institution with more than 150 degrees areas of study, including a robust online program, and a diverse student body from across the nation and the world" (Source: Arkansas State's student to faculty ratio is 18 to 1.
General Information
Arkansas State University has sought to promote diversity initiatives and programs. The university offers opportunities and resources to mentor minority students and provide minority students with scholarships. The institution recently held its annual Diversity and Inclusion Conference in 2021. The university offers optional diversity training to students, faculty, and staff. As of now, the university does not require Critical Race Training. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • ASU's 2021-2026 "Minority Recruitment and Retention Plan" states, "The goals and strategies outlined below must be attained if the University is to experience sustained long-term growth and be viewed as a college of choice for people from underrepresented groups as America continues its transformation into a multicultural and multiethnic society devoid of a majority group."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The university states that, "The staff of the Office of Title IX and Institutional Equity delivers educational programs, support activities and programs throughout the campus community (for students, faculty and staff) on the issues of sexual discrimination, equity, diversity, and affirmative action. Programs are offered as scheduled or upon request." Such programming is optional.
  • The Office of Multicultural Affairs "provides workshops and training centered around diversity, equity, and social justice."
  • ASU's 2021-2026 "Minority Recruitment and Retention Plan" states that it would "Implement search committee training and practices that avoid/reduce bias and encourage broad representation on search committees for faculty and staff."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • ASU's 2021-2026 "Minority Recruitment and Retention Plan" states that it would "infuse more DEIB [Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging] into various levels of the general education curriculum where appropriate" by the following methods: "Create a comprehensive survey instrument to determine the extent of DEIB coverage in the general education curriculum and in other courses throughout the university" and "Provide incentive grants to encourage and enable faculty members to introduce more DEIB into their current course offerings."
Program and Research Funding
  • The university offers Diversity Grants to projects proposed by students of color primarily.
  • Arkansas State offers a program titled "Inspiring Diverse Leaders" to future students. The program is primarily for "incoming freshmen from diverse backgrounds" and provides such individuals with resources and guidance through their matriculation.
  • Arkansas State hosts the ACT Prep Camp which is a residential camp that is "being offered to rising high school seniors who have previously taken the ACT and are part of an underrepresented ethnic population."
  • Arkansas State provides a $2500 honorarium as part of the Diversity Excellence Award which "recognizes individual faculty members, faculty groups, academic departments or academic units that demonstrate the highest commitment to enhancing excellence through diversity."
  • ASU's 2021-2026 "Minority Recruitment and Retention Plan" states that as part of the Diversity Incentive Grants Program, "Monetary grants will be provided to faculty and staff members to pursue diversity-related research, create diversity-based courses or infuse diversity into existing courses."
  • On June 18, 2021, Arkansas State held a Diversity and Inclusion Conference where diversity and inclusion experts addressed "how diversity looks in action." Keynote speakers who specialize in anti-racist initiatives were brought in to provide resources for "community members, educators, health care professionals, human resource professionals, business professionals, and those in similar fields." Most of the experts had experience promoting mandatory diversity training in educational institutions and businesses.
  • Arkansas State's Office of Diversity "will be expanding into further initiatives geared towards improving our diverse community such as the Black Faculty and Staff Association, the Hispanic Faculty and Staff Association, the Black Male Success Initiative, and other ventures."
  • Arkansas State provides numerous resource links for diversity. For example, the university provides links to the Implicit Bias Test. Additionally, the university outlines various definitions for terms such as diversity and race.
  • The university's Office of Multicultural Affairs "works to create a welcoming and inclusive campus environment by providing programming that promotes an appreciation for diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice" with the goal to "advance diversity education and cultural competence through programs and initiatives."
  • The Multicultural Center hosts celebrations and networking events to foster diversity.
  • On July 30, 2020, A-State held a session on "mentoring students with attention to underrepresented identities."
  • ASU's Dean B. Ellis Library includes a book titled "Critical race theory in teacher education : informing classroom culture and practice" by Andrew Peterson and Rob Hattam which is summarized as follows: "'This important volume promotes the widespread application of Critical Race Theory (CRT) to better prepare K-12 teachers to bring an informed asset-based approach to teaching today's highly diverse populations'."
  • ASU's 2021-2026 "Minority Recruitment and Retention Plan" states that it would "Integrate DEI as a component for evaluating all supervisors," and that "Campus units will develop, present and implement individual DEI plans consistent with the goals, principles and suggestions outlined in the DEI strategic plan." These "self-developed plans shall be used to help assess accountability."
Symbolic Actions
  • In May 2021, Perdeta L. Bush became the director of Title IX and Institutional Equity.
  • As part of A-State's Strategic Plan, the university will "partner with community stakeholders to advance and create diversity initiatives" and "embrace diversity, inclusion, and civility as important values."
Last updated September 1st, 2023
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