Current Position: Senior Diversity Specialist
Projects/Programs: Academy for Inclusive Excellence, Junior & Senior STEM Academy, DDEI Trainings, Rainbow Health Alliance, etc.
Amber Booth-McCoy is a proud Little Rock native. Her excitement for knowledge has been insatiable since the days of her youth. She’s always answered the call to help and teach others leading her to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Arkansas Little Rock. Mrs. Booth-McCoy has began with a career in the UAMS College of Medicine, Curriculum Office in 2013. She is currently a Senior Diversity Specialist, in the UAMS Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DDEI). Mrs. Booth-McCoy spearheads the Office of Intercultural Education, an initiative set forth by the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. During her tenure in DDEI, she’s created and facilitated numerous modules and workshops, in relation to cultural humility, implicit bias, race, and more. Additionally, she created and directs the UAMS Junior STEM Academy (JSA). JSA is an innovative K-6th grade summer program, with an interactive problem-based curriculum, designed to pique interest, and immerse students in a world of Science Technology Engineering Mathematics with a health focus (STEM-H). The program was featured in the nationally distributed AAMC News magazine in its inuagural year. Mrs. Booth-McCoy is a member of UAMS House of Delegates, UAMS Higher Learning Commission. Additionally, she is the staff-liason for Rainbow Health Alliance, and LBGTQ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Subcommittee.
Mrs. Booth-McCoy is a member of many community service organizations such as, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, NAACP Little Rock Chapter, and many more. In 2017, she was appointed by Mayor Stodala to the City of Little Rock Racial and Cultural Diversity Commission(RCDC). She now serves as Vice Chair of RCDC. She relishes the many opportunities for community outreach. She works zealously believing her sons will one day see a world were all men are created equal, and that their “pursuit of happiness” will never be impeded by hate or discrimination. She lives by two simple, but valiant quotes:
- “Attitude reflects leadership, captain.” (from the movie Remember the Titans)
- “We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.” — Elie Wiesel