The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is a standing committee of Arkansas Children’s, Inc. (collectively Arkansas Children's) System Operations Council. It was established to support Arkansas Children's in the commitment to build and sustain a diverse and inclusive environment for employees and the patients and families it is privileged to serve.
The Arkansas Children’s, Inc. Diversity and Inclusion Committee focuses on five critical business components:
Our focus on these critical business components helps us ensure we have great inclusion experiences for our diverse population of employees, patients and families. Arkansas Children’s strives to maintain a culture where everyone feels valued and actively participates in achieving the mission of championing children by making them better today and healthier tomorrow.
Tammy Diamond-Wells, RN, MSN, NE-BC
Vice President, Clinical & Diagnostic Services | Arkansas Children's
Shannon Hendrix, MS, RD, LD
Senior Vice President and Chief Administrator | Arkansas Children's Northwest
Human Research Protection Program Director | Arkansas Children's Research Institute
The purpose of the Black/African American Employee Resource Group is to create a safe space for Black/African American employees and allies to problem-solve, increase awareness of Black/African American cultural norms and cultivate Black/African American employee engagement.Our goal is to promote education by providing a platform for open conversations about the African American community at Arkansas Children's.
Leaders: April Robinson and April Shepard
This group promotes diversity and equity for Latino employees, allies and patients and families to experience an inclusive environment. This group focuses on ensuring Spanish-speaking patients and families have ready access to services while also enhancing cultural awareness and celebration about the Latino community at Arkansas Children’s.
Leader: Wanda Bilello
Wanda Bilello, bilelloWX@archildrens.org
The People of Color employee resource group promotes diversity and partners with employees from departments throughout the system. We aim to engage and promote cultural awareness in Arkansas Children’s Northwest work environment through this program. The People of Color ERG mission is to positively impact the community while accepting anyone, including those not of color (allies), for an overall cultural and diverse foundation.
Leaders: Norman Berry, Devin Harris
Our common interest is to promote and enhance Arkansas Children’s culture to be inclusive of and respectful to sexual and gender minority (SGM) (LGBTQ+) employees, patients and families. Our mission is to make the Arkansas Children’s system and our community accepting and inclusive for all to thrive.
Leaders: Kristen Sowell and Bolton Kirchner
This group provides mentorship and encouragement to Arkansas Children’s working mothers of young children. There is a shared goal to improve processes that will positively impact employee and patient engagement while ensuring the safety and attention of all of our employees. This group works toward enhancing the employee experience at Arkansas Children’s as one that builds loyalty and trust for all team members.
Leaders: Vanessa Delgadillo, Erica Phillips
The primary interest of the LGBTQ+ and Allies ERG is continual promotion of diversity, equity and inclusion at ACNW. Through the diverse makeup of this employee resource group, shared experiences at ACNW and outside the organization have been realized. These shared experiences have highlighted the need for continued conversations and work.
Leaders: Colleen Abbott and Margaret Taylor
Discrimination stands firmly in the way of attaining unprecedented child health in Arkansas. Your support actively creates an anti-discriminatory environment across the entire health system rooted in diversity, health equity and inclusion. Arkansas Children’s is actively working to identify barriers for diverse families, such as non-English speaking patient families, and enact solutions that provide true healthcare equity. Your gift today helps create and deliver an organizational culture where everyone—our patients, families and teams—feels valued and actively participates in Arkansas Children’s, achieving our mission of making kids better today and healthier tomorrow.