UALR Chancellor’s Committee on Race and Ethnicity

Chancellor’s Committee on Race and Ethnicity

Watch Chancellor Joel E. Anderson’s “Clinton School Speakers Series” lecture on race and ethnic justice.

Watch Chancellor Joel E. Anderson’s “Clinton School Speakers Series” lecture on race and ethnic justice.

UALR Chancellor Joel E. Anderson formed the Chancellor’s Committee on Race in 2006 to create a dialogue on race and racial divides in Arkansas, focusing on black and white communities. Due to the growing Latino/a population, the Chancellor’s Committee was broadened to include a focus on ethnicity. The committee is now the Chancellor’s Committee on Race and Ethnicity.

The Chancellor’s Committee on Race and Ethnicity is a unique strength of UALR. It is the foundation on which the Institute on Race and Ethnicity was built. A voluntary group composed of some 30 faculty and staff members, the CCRE meets with the Chancellor most Monday afternoons during academic semesters to talk about issues of race and ethnicity. Discussions have included the wealth gap, segregated Sunday mornings, the results of the annual Racial Attitudes Surveys, and topics that were triggered by news reports or scholarly articles. The Committee is a diverse and interdisciplinary group from across campus that has over the years established real trust in one another. These trusting relationships enable honest and open dialogue on sensitive issues. The Institute hopes to replicate this kind of relationship-building in other areas across campus and within the external community.

A list of current members of the Chancellor’s Committee include:

        • Adjoa A. Aiyetoro
          Associate Professor, UALR William H. Bowen School of Law
        • Laura Barrio-Vilar
          Assistant Professor, Department of English
        • LaVerne Bell-Tolliver
          Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
        • Cindy Bennett
          Director, Survey Research Center, Institute of Government
        • Tamisha Cheatham
          Project Coordinator, Institute on Race and Ethnicity
        • Gerald Driskill
          Professor, Department of Speech Communication
        • Logan Hampton
          Vice Provost for Student Affairs
        • Harvell Howard
          Coordinator, African American Male Initiative/TEAMS
        • Susan Hoffpauir
          Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Clinton School of Public Service
        • Jennifer Hune
          Associate Professor, Teacher Education
        • Barclay Key
          Assistant Professor, History
        • John Kirk
          Chair and Donaghey Professor, History
        • Charlotte Lewellen-Williams
          Director, Center on Community Philanthropy, Clinton School of Public Service
        • Vicki Lind
          Assistant Professor, Music Education
        • Priscilla McChristian
          Chief of Staff, Office of the Chancellor
        • John Miller
          Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
        • David Montague
          Associate Professor, Criminal Justice
        • Mia Phillips
          Writing Assistant, Office of the Chancellor
        • Sherry Rankins-Robertson
          Assistant Professor, Rhetoric and Writing
        • Dan Shelton
          Grants and Contracts Specialist, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
        • Donna L. Shelton
          Web Communications Specialist, Institute on Race and Ethnicity/Office of Communications
        • Carol Thompson
          Professor, Speech Communication
        • Elizabeth Vaughn-Neely
          Chair and Associate Professor, Educational Leadership
        • Allan Ward
          Professor Emeritus, Department of Speech Communication