We are committed to increasing and promoting diversity amongst team members while also improving the inclusion and belonging experience for patients and families. We attract more diverse team members through intentional efforts in staff recruitment, education and support.
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
Leaders: Romi Wang and Feliciano "Pele" Yu
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: Elena Glover
Elena Glover, RabagoEC@archildrens.org
Our common interest is to promote and enhance Arkansas Children’s culture to be inclusive and respectful to sexual and gender minorities, LGBTQ+ employees, patients, and families. Through the diverse makeup of this employee resource group, we strive to make the Arkansas Children’s system and our community an accepting and affirming space for all to thrive.
Leaders: Colleen Abbott, Halley Hamon, Maggie Taylor and Donnell Williams
The SAFE Employee Resource Group stands for Special Diets, Allergen Free Environment Foods. Our goal is to influence Arkansas Children’s administration decisions that directly impact those with food allergies, food intolerances or Celiac disease so all employees and patients/families can safely eat in the cafe and have safe and similar food options for special occasions. We strive to increase awareness of the struggles faced by those with special dietary needs.
Leaders: Susan Goolsby and Lauren Widmer
Leaders: Jason Hedrick and Lara Otten
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 and Erica Phillips
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.