“People of goodwill working together can turn the tables on racism to forge a better community for all.”

Dr. Joel E. Anderson

The mission of the Institute on Race and Ethnicity is to seek racial and ethnic justice in Arkansas by remembering and understanding the past, informing and engaging the present, and shaping and defining the future.

The university launched this important work with the firm belief that the fundamentals of respect, tolerance, dignity, and cultural understanding begin at the local level, and that local success on a problem that exists all across the nation will have national significance and impact.