WHEREAS: The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is committed to racial equality, and we acknowledge we must all work earnestly to create courageous and supportive environments that address the traumatic past; promote the healing of the wounds created by racial, ethnic and religious bias; and build an equitable and just society so that our people can thrive; and,
WHEREAS: We are dedicated to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive in nurturing environments that do not violate their safety, dignity, and humanity; and,
WHEREAS: Every individual possesses the opportunity to exhibit an act of kindness to make a simple change within themselves that can have a profound effect on an entire society; and,
WHEREAS: If we all dedicate ourselves to the principles of truth, racial healing, and transformation, then we can all bring about the necessary changes in our thinking and behavior. Our collective goal is to propel Arkansas and the nation forward as a unified force where systemic racism and racial biases will become a thing of the past; and,
WHEREAS: The University of Arkansas at Little Rock, in conjunction with others throughout the State of Arkansas and the United States of America, acknowledges January 18, 2022, as the “National Day of Racial Healing” and urges all citizens to promote and engage in honest conversations about racism and racial healing. Transformation and change require us to commit to a vision that centers inclusion and equity; this means working together to ensure the best quality of life for everyone.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Christina Drale, Chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock on behalf of our campus community, do hereby proclaim January 18, 2022 on the UA Little Rock campus, as
NATIONAL DAY OF RACIAL HEALING 2022
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I hereunto set my hand and cause the official seal of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, to be affixed this 18th day of January 2022.