Interim Dean Kate Mamiseishvili and the College of Education and Health Professions leadership team announced a new initiative for the academic year at welcome events Friday. WE CARE is an acronym for Wellness and Education Commitment to Arkansas Excellence.
Interim Dean Kate Mamiseishvili and the College of Education and Health Professions college leadership team recently announced a new initiative that addresses tangible ways faculty and staff can collaborate within the college and across the state to address complex challenges in education and health.
ATTENTION, an acronym for Arkansas’ commitment to excellence in wellness and education, continues three priorities for the academic year 2022-23. Mamiseishvili developed the objectives with him College of Education and Health ProfessionsThe management team during the summer. She shared their vision with faculty and staff at welcome events Friday, encouraging them to create proposals and apply for funding related to WE CARE.
“We are perfectly positioned to leverage and pool our expertise from both education and health to expand the national relevance of our college,” said Mamiseishvili, noting that the first priority is focused on addressing contemporary challenges. in the field of health and education. Strategies under this priority include developing interdisciplinary teams to produce research that informs and helps address health and educational disparities, collaborating with leading researchers to chart new research trajectories, or developing unique and high-impact new programs and learning experiences for students.
This priority will also support “Dean’s Seminars” for students in all health and education disciplines. The first seminar will begin in the spring of 2023. “We believe that providing our students with meaningful, unique, and transformative educational experiences strengthens the preparation of educators and health professionals and ultimately improves the care they provide to patients and their communities.” next,” said Matthew. Ganio, associate dean of academic and student affairs.
WE CARE’s second priority is advancing the university’s land grant mission while caring for Arkansas. Strategies include developing and funding opportunities for students to complete their internships, practicums or clinical experiences across the state. “Encouraging field experiences throughout Arkansas provides students with a better understanding of local community needs and opens up more opportunities for them to consider careers across the state,” said Michael Hevel, interim dean of associate for research, strategy and outreach.
The college also plans to fund educators and health professionals from across Arkansas to spend up to a semester at the college to collaborate with students, faculty and staff. It will also support trips to learn from state educators and health professionals about the needs and priorities of their communities. “Hearing from constituents who represent diverse communities improves our ability to serve Arkansas,” said Lewatis McNeal, associate dean for administration and diversity. “The listening and learning tours will support the journey of faculty and staff to learn more about the successes, challenges and opportunities facing communities and organizations across the state.”
The third priority focuses on college culture. “Our ability to achieve our priorities depends largely on our ability to critically reflect on our practices, processes and decisions and consider new and creative ways of operating,” Mamiseishvili said. But she and her team also want to invest in the people of the college through “WE CARE TOGETHER” events for faculty and staff. “We strongly believe that in order to be able to take care of our students and the communities we serve, we must also take care of each other and create a community where people feel valued,” she said. “These events will help us learn about and celebrate diverse identities, promote inclusion, highlight the diversity of talent and expertise in our college, and increase our overall ‘capacity’ for compassion.”
Mamiseishvili is excited about the possibilities heading into the fall of 2022. “The pandemic was a disruptor, but in many ways, it was also an accelerator of change and transformation,” she told college faculty and staff at Friday’s event. “This is our opportunity to take advantage of the transformative changes taking place in health and education, and on every higher education campus today. We hope the WE CARE initiative will be an accelerator of our transformation.”