On July 14 and 15, Chancellor Anderson convened a group of leaders from the Central Arkansas community at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute in Morrilton, Arkansas. The group of 40 met to establish plans for an Institute on Race and Ethnicity at UALR. Participants from UALR included the Provost, the Vice Chancellor for Educational and Student Services, the Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, the Dean of the Bowen School of Law, President of the Faculty Senate, Chairs of the History and Political Science Departments, as well as a number of faculty members.
Area business leaders, non-profit executives, leaders in the faith community, and elected officials also attended. The former U.S. Secretary of Transportation from the Clinton Administration was able to participate the first day. The president and CEO of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation attended, as well as the interim CEO of Heifer International, the chief legal officer and senior vice president for Acxiom, the director of the Central Arkansas Library System, CEO of East-Harding Construction, the executive director of Just Communities of Arkansas, and a faculty member from the Clinton School of Public Service.
Facilitated by Dr. Angi Brenton, Dean of the UALR College of Professional Studies, the discussions addressed what the goals should be for an institute at UALR.
Chancellor Anderson will announce plans for the Institute on Race and Ethnicity in the coming weeks.