To celebrate Diversity Month, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Diversity Council has scheduled a variety of events set to take place throughout the month of March. Presentations will include discussions on a range of topics, research findings, and historical events.
Addressing Microaggressions – Noon, Wednesday, March 3
The Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence (ATLE) will present this upcoming Lunch and Learn session as an opportunity for faculty to engage in conversations about how to deal with microaggressions in the classroom.
Disability and Diversity – Noon, Thursday, March 4
The director for the UA Little Rock Disability Resource Center, Reed Claiborne, will present a discussion on disability and the things that frame perceptions of disabilities such as legal definitions, media portrayals, historical treatments, and more.
Anti-Blackness, Social Feelings, and Public Policy: 1964-2020 – 6 p.m. Thursday, March 4
UA Little Rock English Department’s Cooper Honors Program will present a talk with Dr. Lisa Corrigan, associate professor of communication and director of the Gender Studies program, who will discuss her latest book, “Black Feelings: Race, Affect, and the Long Sixties.”
Building Collaborative Relationships to Improve Race Relations – 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 9
A panel of researchers from the Little Rock Congregations Study (LRCS) will discuss findings relevant to race relations from their Fall 2020 survey with 35 community congregations. The panel will consist of UA Little Rock professors Gerald Driskill, Rebecca Glazier, and Kirk Leach. In partnership with the Clinton School of Public Service, the panelists will also present a process of facilitating community dialogues on key issues found within their survey results.
Modern Warriors of World War I: American Indians in the Great War – Noon, Wednesday, March 10
Presented by Erin Fehr, an archivist with the UA Little Rock Sequoyah National Research Center, this event will highlight the sacrifice and bravery of American Indians and Alaska Natives that served in World War I. It will inform audience members about things such as how they used their language to create a code that was never broken by the Germans. The Sequoyah National Research Center created a searchable database to identify all 12,000 American Indians that served in World War I, which can be found online as part of the US World War I Centennial Commission’s website.
New Funds for Minority Businesses in Little Rock – 2 p.m. Thursday, March 11
The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center will present a panel discussion on new funding opportunities available in Little Rock for minority businesses.
We Sing! A Celebration of Women’s Heritage – 3 p.m. Sunday, March 14
UA Little Rock Choirs will host a live-streamed performance celebrating Women’s Heritage Month, featuring historically informed music performances, poetry reading, a speaker with commentary on notable women of the suffrage movement, and a special musical oratory presentation with Dr. Linda Holzer and Dr. Yslan Hicks.
Putting the Pieces Together: A look at how Universal Design for Learning, Open Educational Resources, and Affordable Learning Content work together to benefit students and faculty – 3 p.m. Monday, March 15 in the Ottenheimer Library
Presented by e-Learning Specialist Hannah Hurdle, will discuss the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Open Educational Resources (OER), and Affordable Learning Content (ALC) frameworks for inclusive learning.
Entrepreneurship: My Journey into the Unknown – 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 16
Entrepreneurial Education Specialist Pamela Reed, with the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center, will present a panel discussion featuring minority entrepreneurs.
Connecting & Utilizing Social Media for Each Generation – 1 p.m. Thursday, March 18
Jennifer McDannold, coordinator of student orientation and transitions, will present information about each generation, focusing on social media and marketing tricks as well as best practices for Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, and Gen Z.
“This is Not Who We Are:” Discussing Whiteness, Denial, & Division – 10 a.m. Monday, March 29
Laura Casey, a student success coach with the UA Little Rock Student Retention Initiatives (SRI) team, will host a discussion on the experiences of whiteness and confronting denial. She will be utilizing references such as Ibram Kendi’s book “How to Be an Antiracist” in her presentation to unpack what denial mixed with whiteness looks like.
Exploring Our Power and Privilege – 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 30
Sharon Downs, UA Little Rock assistant vice chancellor for student affairs, will present this final event to encourage conversation on the concepts of power and privilege.