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 and graduate of U of A Little Rock. She began her career in the field of diversity and inclusion in the UAMS Center for Diversity Affairs as a Senior Diversity Specialist. Currently, Mrs. Booth- McCoy is a Senior Diversity Specialist and Manager of Intercultural Education, in the UAMS Division for Diversity, Equity, and
Inclusion (DDEI). She spearheads the Office of Intercultural Education (OIE). During her tenure in DDEI, she has created and facilitated numerous modules ,lectures, and workshops, centered on cultural humility, implicit bias, race, and more. In 2020, she created and launched the DDEI Academy for Inclusive Excellence (AIE). AIE is a cadre of learning experiences on topics relevant to diversity, equity, and inclusion. When she is not facilitating or consulting, she enjoys creating culturally-proficient STEM programming for youth. In 2017, she created the UAMS Junior STEM Academy (JSA) and shortly after, Senior STEM Academy. These innovative, culturally-responsive, K-8th grade summer programs are intentionally designed to target underrepresented minority students. The Junior STEM Academy was featured in the nationally distributed AAMC News magazine in its inaugural year.
In addition to training, Mrs. Booth-McCoy has delivered several keynote, motivational, and DEI focused speeches. In February 2020, she added TEDx speaker, to a growing list of personal accomplishments. 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 Stodola to the City of Little Rock Racial and Cultural Diversity Commission (RCDC). Currently, she 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