Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Bumpers College Mission:

The mission of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences is to improve the quality of life for Arkansans by preparing students for successful careers, conducting impactful research, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture, and sharing knowledge to promote viable food and agricultural systems, sustainable environments, healthy families and vibrant communities. 

How do we define DEI?

For the purposes of the college's DEI strategic plan, the following terms are operationally defined as follows:


"Diversity” refers to various characteristics including but not limited to race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic background, religion, sexual orientation, and disability, etc.


“Equity” refers to acknowledging advantages and barriers that exist and the intentional efforts to correct and address existing imbalances. 


“Inclusion” refers to the achievement of a welcoming culture and equitable policies, structures, and practices wherein all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully, feel a sense of belonging, have a voice, and can contribute fully to the department and college’s success.

Taking Action

Bumpers College is actively working to develop a increasingly diverse and inclusive community for our students, faculty and staff.  No matter your classification or department, there are several ways you can join us and get involved. 

What can you do?

Bumpers College and the U of A have resources for students, faculty and staff to expand their DEI knowledge and cultural competency, and get involved with initiatives on campus. 

View ways to get involved with DEI

Goals and Objectives

 In collaboration with the Chancellor's guiding priorities, Bumpers College has set goals, objectives and actions items to bring DEI to the forefront of planning, training, communication, recruitment of students, faculty and staff, and more. 

View our goals and objectives

Contact Us

 Bumpers College has established a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee with representatives from each department. 

Find a DEI Committee Member