SAFHS Recognizes Dr. Tomekia White During Women’s History Month

Alicia Dorn | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

During the month of March, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences (SAFHS) is honoring women in Extension. Dr. Tomekia White serves as interim coordinator for the 1890 Scholarship Program. She also facilitates the water quality/water quantity edge-of-field monitoring project with the Natural Resources Conservation Service Mississippi River Basin Initiative (MRBI). 

White began working for UAPB in 2012. In addition to her work with the MRBI and 1890 Scholarship Program, she has also been involved with UAPB Small Farms projects.

As the 1890 scholarship coordinator, she has served as an ambassador at several different events nationally, locally and in surrounding communities. She serves as the link between the academic advisors and scholars while identifying sources of university support for the scholars such as the Center for Student Success, Career Services Center, Counseling Services and TRIO Student Support service. She also assists with finding internships, job shadowing and other experiential learning opportunities for the scholars and assists them in developing personal and career goals.

In her role as director of SAFHS MRBI, she works in coordination with other research personnel, monitoring the effectiveness of cover crops implemented on controlling sediments and nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) in runoff from the fields to adjacent streams.

Dr. White describes her career as her ministry. 

“Ministry is serving others,” she said. “I enjoy helping people reach their potential. Whether they are students, socially disadvantaged farmers or people within communities, I want to make a difference. This is my passion and God-given purpose.”

A native of Pine Bluff, Dr. White has a bachelor’s degree in biology from UAPB. She is also the first African American to receive a doctorate in applied science – biosciences at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Dr. White has over 20 years of experience as a researcher inoncology, microbiology, chemistry, cell biology and agricultural laboratories. She is skilled in utilizing supervision techniques to create and implement research and community projects.

In addition to her professional and education experience, at her church she serves as director of the Rosie Anna Foster Willing Workers outreach ministry, assistant choir director and volunteer within the youth department. She also has a host of other volunteer experience, including serving as a board member with the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Agency, reviewer for the Southern Regional Education Board and chairperson of global impact with the Delta Omega Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated.

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff offers all its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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