UALR faculty to present racial justice research April 29

The Institute on Race and Ethnicity at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock will hold its first research colloquium at noon Tuesday, April 29, in the Leadership Lounge in the Donaghey Student Center.

The colloquium is free and open to public. Lunch will be provided. Registration for the Research Colloquium is now closed.  For questions, email or call 501-569-8932.

Last spring the Institute launched a research grant competition inviting proposals for research in order to collect sound data specific to Arkansas that can help inform public policy decisions. The Institute awarded several grants to faculty and graduate students across disciplines.

“The colloquium is an opportunity for researchers to share their findings with the UALR campus and the wider community,” said Dr. Michael R. Twyman, director of the Institute.

Several of the grant recipients will share the results of their research during the event.

Dr. Shaun Thomas

Dr. Shaun Thomas

Dr. Shaun Thomas of the UALR Department of Criminal Justice will present “Examining Ten Years of Data from the Racial Attitudes Survey: A Multilevel Analysis of Racial Attitudes, Perceptions and Stereotypes.”

This research project is a collaborative effort between Thomas, Dr. Timothy Brown, and Dr. Emily Berthelot all of the Department of Criminal Justice, and Dr. John Miller of the School of Social Work.

Dr. Michael Craw

Dr. Michael Craw

Dr. Michael Craw will present “Evaluating the Impact of Community-Based Organizations on Racial Disparities in Little Rock Neighborhoods.”

Craw is an assistant professor and coordinator for the Master of Public Administration Program, Center for Public Collaboration in the UALR Institute of Government.

Dr. John Kuykendall

Dr. John Kuykendall

Dr. John A. Kuykendall, associate professor of higher education in the Department of Educational Leadership, will present “Investigating Black Male Student Athletes and Racial Inequities at Four Arkansas Intercollegiate Athletic Programs.”

Dr. Timothy Brown

Dr. Timothy Brown

Dr. Timothy Brown, professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, Dr. Ken Galchus, professor in the Department of Economics and Finance, and graduate student Marc Glidden will present “Racial Differences in Financial Literacy Among Prisoners in Arkansas’s Correctional Institutions.”

Some of the other projects conducted through the IRE Research Program address issues such as sentencing disparities in the criminal justice system, and disproportionate minority contact in the juvenile justice system.

“This multidisciplinary collaboration helped to further the Institute’s major goals of using solid research to solve problems related to race,” Twyman said.

A total of six projects were approved for grants last spring aimed at reducing and eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in Arkansas communities. These faculty and graduate student awards were chosen by a five-person committee of faculty and professional staff from the Chancellor’s Committee on Race and Ethnicity.

For more information, go to IRE Research Program page.

For information about the event, contact the Institute at or 501.916.3932.

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