The Center for Arkansas History and Culture (CAHC) and the UALR Department of History have collaborated for years through the Graduate Assistantship program, which provides current graduate students in the Public History program the opportunity to gain real-world experience working in an archive. The CAHC aims to support the education of the Graduate Assistants (GAs) through structured learning opportunities that, in turn, allow the GA to produce a body of work to include in their portfolio and resumè.
The GA program has been highly successful at the CAHC and our most recent GA to graduate, Crystal Shurley, exemplifies this fact. Having just graduated in December 2018, her thesis work on the Arkansas Colored Auxiliary Council is already being recognized. To learn more about her work and the Arkansas Colored Auxiliary Council, check out this article by Angelita Faller at UALR News: UA Little Rock Researcher Uncovers History of Black Activism During World War I