Part 1 – Implementations
The following is a summary of recommendations suggested by participants at the 9th Annual Racial Attitudes Conference: “Arkansas Media, Race, and Ethnicity: Accountability, Responsibility, and Opportunity,” Roundtable Strategy Session.
During the session, ideas and suggestions were recorded and later analyzed to incorporate into the work of the Institute. The following list is a summary of the recommendations including tasks that have been implemented since the March 2012 conference:
1. Recommendation – The Institute should follow up on the yearly theme of the Racial Attitudes Conference.
- The video of media panel discussion, photos, and information from the conference were posted to website immediately following the event.
- The recommendations are also available in a printable format. To download the full report, see the 2012 Roundtable Strategy Session Recommendations.
2. Recommendation – The Institute should provide media professionals with the results of the Racial Attitudes Survey and discussions.
- The survey report was disseminated to local media outlets.
- The report is available online on the Institute’s Research page.
3. Recommendation – The Institute should serve as a clearing house for news related to race and ethnicity.
- Follow-up: The Institute monitors and shares local, campus, and statewide news and events that promote sustained awareness of race and ethnicity through:
- The website, electronic newsletter, and social media outlets, Facebook.
- An online community calendar that includes statewide events.
- Regular review of news articles, journals, and information.
4. Recommendation – The Institute should take discussions about racial attitudes into the community.
- The survey has been shared with a number of organizations such as political groups and academic institutions.
- The Institute has shared information about racial attitudes in discussions with a number of community groups including a committee on the development of a Human Rights Commission in Arkansas
5. Recommendation – The Institute should facilitate more discussion and collaboration among diverse groups representing all walks of life.
- Follow-up: The Institute has coordinated or assisted in promoting direct interaction between people of different races and ethnicity. Some examples include:
- Leading focus groups in Camden, Arkansas, to address the local racial divide.
- Exploring opportunities for reconciliation in Elaine, Arkansas, through meetings with local residents.
- Consistently including people from different racial and ethnic backgrounds as a part of its program planning and implementation.
6. Recommendation – The Institute should educate the community about unconscious bias.
- Follow-up: In community outreach efforts such as the Elaine project and group meetings, we routinely:
- Educate participants on continuing bias that may not be intentional but intuitive.
- Define racism, and share information and research to promote healing and understanding.
To see the list of recommendations in development, go to Part 2 – Developmental Stage.