Community impact of UAB on Alabama  - infographicUAB Academic, UAB Health System and Southern Research are strong community partners in Birmingham and across the state of Alabama. The institutions themselves partake in a number of activities that support local businesses and nonprofits to be successful. The following are a handful of the community activities in which UAB engages with the immediate as well as broader communities:

  • UAB Benevolent Fund – The UAB Benevolent Fund, established and governed by employees, recognizes the importance of supporting the community. The UAB Benevolent Fund has active partnerships with more than 130 local nonprofit agencies.

The UAB Benevolent Fund looks to transform where residents:

Live – Providing decent, safe, affordable housing. Protecting the land and water on which all life depends.

Work – Equipping students with resources to graduate ready for college or their career. Research funding to improve health care outcomes.

Play – Providing open places, trails and water for recreational opportunities. Supporting enrichment activities for children after school and in the summer.

Monetary awards to UAB employees through UAB Benevolent Fund  - infographic

UAB Benevolent Fund Programs include:

  • The Employee Emergency Assistance Program is one of many charitable efforts supported through donations received by the UAB Benevolent Fund. Employee Emergency Assistance allows a portion of the funds collected by the UAB Benevolent Fund Campaign to remain here helping UAB employees who need financial assistance due to a crisis situation in their lives. The program objective is to provide UAB, the Callahan Eye Hospital, Viva, the UAB Health Services Foundation and Health System employees with confidential financial assistance during times of verifiable emergency situations.

  • UAB Habitat House photoUAB Habitat House – The UAB Benevolent Fund has completed three Habitat for Humanity homes in the Birmingham area in the past three years. All three homes were entirely funded by employee contributions and built entirely by UAB employee and student volunteers.

  • Blazer Kitchen is the UAB on-campus food bank that serves UAB employees and students facing food insecurity with fresh and nonperishable foods. Blazer Kitchen partners with the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama to access low-cost food such as USDA food, food donated through grocery stores and food available only to food banks.

  • UAB Regions Institute for Financial Education – In 2015, Regions Financial Corp. pledged $2 million for the creation of a new institute focused on financial management planning, the Regions Institute for Financial Education housed in the UAB Collat School of Business. The institute covers financial education for students as well as the public. Student offerings include both one- and three-credit-hour courses, as well as online, face-to-face and service learning alternatives. Outreach initiatives strive to educate consumers of all ages throughout Alabama via partnerships with programs such as GEAR UP Alabama, GEAR UP Birmingham and America Saves, as well as programming on campus and in the community.

  • Black History Month – The University of Alabama at Birmingham celebrates Black History Month with several events that pay tribute to African-American history and culture. The UAB community and public are invited to the lectures, movie screenings and performances throughout the month of February.

  • Volunteers at UAB Dentistry Cares day photoUAB Dentistry Cares Community Day – Each year, UAB Dentistry teams with the Alabama Dental Association, the Birmingham District Dental Society, Cahaba Valley Health Care and other sponsors to host UAB Dentistry Cares, an entire day of service provided to the community’s most vulnerable population. UAB Dentistry faculty, staff and student volunteers work alongside community professionals to provide emergency dental care to over 500 homeless and underserved, giving priority to patients suffering from dental infections or pain. Participating patients also receive oral health counseling, blood pressure checks and oral cancer screenings. All told, nearly 350 dentists, hygienists, dental assistants and others give up a day of work to help patients in need.

  • UAB Medicine Support Groups and Seminars – UAB Medicine coordinates and hosts a variety of support groups, from those with chronic illnesses to the families and loved ones of these patients. Groups include: Young Breast Cancer Survivors, Transplant Wellness, Orthopedic Oncology, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Patient and Family Support Group, and many others. In addition, UAB Medicine holds educational workshops and seminars for patients, families and friends to better understand illnesses and wellness planning. For example, the Department of Interprofessional Practice and Training partners with the Alzheimer’s Association to provide an educational series on dementia.

  • Birmingham Recovery Walk – UAB Hospital’s Addiction Recovery Unit, along with a number of local agencies, hosts a recovery walk as part of National Recovery Month, promoting the belief that behavioral health is essential to health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover from mental and/or substance use disorders.


In addition to the community outreach conducted by the institutions, employees and students engage with the community through volunteer work or by making donations to local organizations. Tripp Umbach estimates that UAB employees and students generate more than $80.5 million annually in charitable donations and volunteer services across the state of Alabama. These benefits are in addition to the $7.15 billion in economic impacts that UAB brings to the state.


  • $24.6 million donated to local charitable organizations by UAB employees and students in FY16.

  • Some examples of the UAB donations to the community include:

  • UAB Campus Dining and UAB Collat School of Business presented Birmingham-based food recovery nonprofit Magic City Harvest with a $3,500 check as part of UAB Dining’s commitment to reduce food insecurity for both UAB students and the surrounding Birmingham community.

  • UAB Football head coach Bill Clark donated 100 season tickets to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham.15 Clark described the donation as “a token of our appreciation for what the city has helped build.” UAB opens against Alabama A&M on September 2, 2017, at Legion Field. UAB Football players were matched with youth last fall through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.


  • $55.9 million in value of volunteer time provided to area communities by UAB employees and students in FY16.

  • UAB employees and students engage with a wide range of volunteer opportunities regionally on their own personal time, as well. Some of the external organizations that employees and students volunteer with locally include:

  • Hands on Birmingham – An affiliate of the national HandsOn Network, Hands on Birmingham connects people with organized and meaningful volunteer opportunities to improve their community. HOB provides flexible hands-on volunteer opportunities for busy people. Last year, over 6,700 volunteers donated over 23,000 hours of hands-on service to the community.

  • City of Birmingham Division of Youth Services – Birmingham is one of the few municipalities in the country with a division or department that specifically addresses issues directly impacting its youth population. The Mayor’s Office Division of Youth Services (DYS) strives to ensure that youth in the City of Birmingham are provided with quality, efficient and effective programs and services in eight key areas: Athletics and Recreation, Cultural Arts, Education, Faith-Based Initiatives, Family Services, Health and Wellness, Mentoring, and Workforce Development.

  • Growing Kings – Growing Kings is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides mentoring programs to at-risk males in Birmingham City Schools. The goal of Growing Kings is to offer positive direction that will lead toward progressive thinking in all aspects of students’ lives. Partnerships with community businesses, organizations and leaders is a key differentiating factor to the program delivery methods. Through these partnerships, students are provided a hands-on, first-person perspective into the professional lives and successes of mentors.

  • UAB Benevolent Fund – The UAB Benevolent Fund has active partnerships with more than 130 local nonprofit agencies and connects employees and students with these organizations to volunteer. See previous section on University Contributions for more information on the UAB Benevolent Fund.

  • Red Mountain Park volunteers photoRed Mountain Park First Saturday Service Days – Volunteers at the Red Mountain Park work on a regular basis to clear trails and remove invasive plants from pathways. These programs help to ensure enjoyable park amenities for local residents as well as visitors throughout the year. These events are great for students, employees and local residents to come together under the shared goal of making their community better through volunteer work and beautification of the park.

  • UAB Hospital Volunteer Opportunities – Individuals can volunteer through the hospital in a variety of ways; they include: working in trauma and day-of-surgery waiting rooms, helping visitors find their way, acting as patient representatives, doing sewing and other craft projects from home, assisting staff and patients in in-patient units, writing newsletters, feeding patients, ministering to stressed families, creating and sending press releases, making jewelry for critically ill children, and reading to lonely patients.

Diversity at UAB

Consistently ranked by The Princeton Review as one of the most diverse universities in the nation (with faculty, staff and students from more than 110 countries), UAB provides an inclusive environment for the pursuit of excellence in education, research, health care, outreach and economic development.

Because of its commitment to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of its mission, UAB is able to bridge cultural boundaries through the transmission of knowledge and ideas, the provision of health and human services, and the shared experience of art. For example:

  • The UAB Office for Equity and Diversity provides effective leadership in the development, coordination, implementation and assessment of a comprehensive array of programs to promote diversity and understanding of differences at UAB.

  • UAB Student Multicultural and Diversity programs serve the UAB community, especially students, by developing programs and resources that promote multicultural and social justice awareness, education and appreciation. Additionally, the programs support the growth of students’ attitudes, ideas and behaviors as they relate to multicultural issues and personal and social identities.

  • The UAB School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is working to educate the next generation of physicians to be culturally and socially sensitive to the diverse backgrounds of fellow students, faculty, staff and patients.

  • The UAB Office of Disability Support Services makes the UAB campus and programs accessible to all students with learning and other disabilities.

  • International students at UAB can find academic preparation, English-language training, admissions support, recruiting and student services provided through a unique partnership called INTO UAB. Founded in 2016, INTO UAB is an initiative to increase the global diversity of UAB’s student body, increase globalization opportunities for domestic students, and provide opportunities for faculty to expand international teaching, research and service activities.