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+ Campus alert: A-State Closed Jan. 16

A-State Closed on Jan. 16 due to winter precipitation.

Arkansas State University is closed today, Tuesday, Jan. 16, due to winter precipitation. All winter response staff members are requested to report to their duty stations.

Overnight, snow fall made conditions for students, faculty and staff hazardous.

"Our administrative team determined the snowfall was going to be heavier than forecast and while today was scheduled to be the first day of class for the spring 2018 semester, I've decided it is best that we cancel classes for today," Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said.

All classes at the Jonesboro and Paragould locations are cancelled. Online classes continue.

While offices and classes are closed, university residential life areas continue to operate to support the on-campus student population.

Important Updates

  • The American Spiritual Ensemble will perform at Fowler Center's Riceland Hall tonight at 7:30pm.
  • For students living on-campus, Acansa Dining Hall will operate under "brunch hours" with service from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and then 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • ETS testing candidates that were scheduled for today should contact the Testing Center in the Reng Student Union at 972-2038 when A-State reopens and they will assist with rescheduling.
  • The Red WOLF Center will open today on winter weather hours of noon until 5 p.m.
  • Dean B. Ellis Library is closed all day today.

For updates on A-State events, please check the university’s official website AState.edu or social media feeds, Facebook.com/ArkansasState or @ArkansasState on Twitter.

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About the Office of Diversity

A message from the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity

At A-State, diversity isn’t something we “do.” Diversity is a reality. We have a wonderful mix of faculty, staff, and students on our campus who hail from a variety of regions both within and outside the U.S. In fact, our student body represents a total of 68 countries throughout the world. Taking a look inside those groups will reveal still other differences in terms of personality, culture, religious beliefs, and functional background. In order to leverage our diversity, we must be intentional about creating a supportive environment – one where everyone is treated fairly and with respect; one where everyone has equal access to resources and opportunities; and one where everyone feels they are valued and that they belong despite differences in race, ethnicity, color, gender, religion, sexual identity, or socio-economic status.

Our diversity makes us better – better problem solvers, better communicators, better thinkers, and better citizens. We understand the positive effects that challenging our existing values, beliefs, and assumptions will have on our ability to meet the demands of a changing world. We firmly believe that being better is making sure that our student body has individuals they can look to as consistent and meaningful reflections of themselves and to their limitless possibilities. We understand that while all faculty and staff are expected to serve as positive role models for our students, the fact remains that many minority students and students in general, are drawn to those with whom they feel familiar and comfortable. We are committed to designing and implementing programs and processes that our students have such role models.

Diversity is a reality on our campus. When we accept each person on our campus as an equal and valued member of our community, we will be successful in leveraging our diversity. It is important that we are known by our commitment to diversity as evidenced by our inclusive work and learning environment, our acceptance of differences as positive and enriching and our ability to attract, retain and advance a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. This is our vision.


Maurice D. Gipson, J.D.

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity

Diversity Grant Proposals

The Office of Diversity seeks to fund projects designed to advance our mission of creating a diverse and inclusive environment conducive to educating, enhancing, and enriching lives.

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