Welcome to the June 2020 Round Up of the Fulbright REVIEW Blog

by | Jun 15, 2020 | Announcements, Dean's Corner, Uncategorized

The academic year may have come to a close, but so much is still happening here at the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and we can’t wait to share all with you – our Fulbright College family!

But first, we hope you saw the We Stand in Solidarity message that our Dean’s Office shared earlier this month. It reads in part:

“As we mourn together for the victims of injustice, it is time to stand in solidarity and not look away from the images of the senseless and tragic deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis, of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, of Botham Jean in Dallas and so, so many more.


It is time instead to look deeper, and ask how we can address old and ongoing wrongs to make our college, our community, and our world a more just, accountable, equitable, safe and peaceful place for all – regardless of the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality or other identities.”

We hope that if you haven’t already, you’ll take a moment to read the full message which embodies our college’s mission of “peace through education.”

Afterward, learn more about our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as we are actively listening, learning and striving to do better – and haven’t let a pandemic stop our efforts to keep forging ahead in this important work.

Speaking of COVID-19, we are also keeping a close eye on how it continues to affect our area. The University of Arkansas is taking a cautious, phased-in approach to resuming on-campus operations leading up to this fall.

For now, the vast majority of our faculty and staff, and all students, will continue to work and learn remotely, and you can always visit health.uark.edu/coronavirus for the latest information about how COVID-19 is affecting campus.

In the meantime, check out how one of our theatre graduates found a unique way to present live performances during COVID-19, and the new Materials Across Asia exhibition that went virtual when a physical exhibit wasn’t possible.

Additionally, see how one of our researcher’s simulations is aiding developing a coronavirus vaccine, and help celebrate the 45 Fulbright College students who graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA!

Then, help us congratulate this graduate who was selected for two highly prestigious post-doctoral placements, these five talented students who were selected for prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Awards, and this KUAF 91.3 FM mainstay who has reached a 30-year milestone.

You can also check out this amazing partnership that will expand services to veterans who are not eligible for Veterans Affairs benefits, thanks to a $1.9 million grant.

And don’t forget to meet these two amazing students who serve on the college’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council!

Our undergraduate representative is a double-major who calls Kimpel Hall home because it houses the people and classes she loves most, and our graduate student representative is passionate about racial identity politics and knows that building a strong network can help make college a fantastic experience.

If you’d like to learn more about the people, initiatives, projects and activities that make up Fulbright College, please visit our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Our handle is @uarkfulbright on all three.

And, as always, we’ll keep providing you with more new stories at fulbrightreview.uark.edu. We hope you’ll stay tuned, and if you have a great story idea, please email us at fulbcomm@uark.edu.

Please keep in touch, take care and be well!


Todd Shields

Dean, J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences

Todd G. Shields

Dean of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences

479-575-4804 // tshield@uark.edu