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Historians at Ouachita reflect on Juneteenth

June 16, 2022

The students, faculty, staff and administration of Ouachita pause to commemorate Juneteenth. It is a time in which we reflect upon the many accomplishments that African American citizens made during this post-emancipation time period and continue to make today.

Dr. Lewis Shepherd Jr.

Dr. Lewis Shepherd Jr. named Ouachita's VP for Community and Intercultural Engagement

November 11, 2021

Dr. Lewis Shepherd Jr. has been named vice president for community and intercultural engagement at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia.

Book featured at Riley-Hickingbotham Library during Hispanic Heritage Month

Ouachita's La Fuerza and Riley-Hickingbotham Library Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

September 20, 2021

National Hispanic Heritage Month, held Sept. 15-Oct. 15 annually, honors Hispanic and Latin Americans’ histories, cultures and contributions in the United States. This year’s campus-wide celebration kicks off with a luncheon Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 11 a.m. at Ouachita Commons, hosted by Ouachita’s Office of Multicultural Student Programs and La Fuerza, Ouachita’s Latino student organization. La Fuerza’s Fiesta Mesa is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 24, at noon in Evans Student Center, followed by Tiger Serve Day on Saturday, Sept. 25.

Annie Abrams Living Legacy Award

Anthony Freeman and Tyranni Hubbard receive Ouachita's Annie Abrams Living Legacy Award

June 18, 2021

Ouachita Baptist University has named Anthony Freeman from Monroe, La., and Tyranni Hubbard from Little Rock, Ark, as the 2021 recipients of the second annual Annie Abrams Living Legacy Award for Black student leaders. They each will receive $2,500.

Jomari Bailey

From the "Ouachitonian": Jomari Bailey

May 17, 2021

Serving his school, multicultural students and his country, Jomari Bailey has dedicated his time at OBU to working hard to make a difference. A freshman art and graphic design major from Prescott, Ark., Bailey was once known as the shy kid but has flourished through his first year in college.

Dr. Lewis Shepherd

Shepherd returns to Ouachita with goals for belonging: A Q&A with Dr. Lewis Shepherd

March 11, 2021

Dr. Lewis Shepherd returned to his alma mater in August as special assistant to the president. In an interview for the Winter 2021 Circle, Dr. Shepherd answers questions about his new role, conversations he is having with students and alumni of color and university goals for working toward a sense of belonging on campus.

Students gather in Grant Plaza

Listening and leading toward biblical belonging

March 11, 2021

Ouachita’s progress in recent years reflects the input and ideas from listening to responses from two questions in regard to our future: “What shouldn’t change?” and “What should change?” A part of our listening includes hearing the voices of our students and alumni of color. Until we listen, we can’t understand how to make Ouachita a place where belonging is central to an outstanding educational experience.

Tiger for Life podcast

Tiger for Life Podcast: Lewis Shepherd ('80) Stories & Reflections on Black History at Ouachita

February 25, 2021

This episode of the Tiger For Life Podcast features double Ouachita graduate Dr. Lewis Shepherd ('80). Dr. Shepherd shares about integration at Ouachita in the 1960s, how Ouachita has continued to welcome and support students of color, how the work continues today and some of his favorite Ouachita memories as a student and now as special assistant to the president for advancing racial diversity.

Black History Month 2021

Four people you should get to know (and read) for Black History Month 2021

February 02, 2021

This year, as you celebrate the accomplishments and contributions African Americans have made to American society, take time to learn about the Riley-Hickingbotham Library’s four featured authors from four different genres, browse the other books on display and attend one of MORE’s programmed events.

MLK Day 2021 video clip

Observing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2021

January 17, 2021

On Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, our country and university celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It marks the 53rd anniversary of King’s death and his 92nd birthday. This video features members of the Ouachita community reflecting on the life and legacy of Dr. King with reference to this year’s university theme, “reasoned engagement with the world.”