Nov. 2, 2017 | Billy Thomas, M.D., M.P.H. has worked for decades to strengthen diversity and inclusion on the UAMS campus. He was recently honored for some of his work, specifically with Hispanic students, with the La Esperanza Award from the central Arkansas chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens’ (LULAC).

La Esperanza, or “The Hope,” Award is given annually to an ally of the Hispanic community in central Arkansas for actions and advocacy that contribute to the well-being of the Hispanic community. Thomas, who is vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion and director of the UAMS Center for Diversity Affairs joins past award winners including state Sen. Joyce Elliot, former University of Arkansas at Little Rock Chancellor Joel Anderson and former Little Rock School District Superintendent Baker Kurrus.