To introduce the Institute to the UALR campus, students, faculty, and staff were encouraged to add a favorite quote, poem, or other thoughts about racial and ethnic justice on a graffiti board in October 2011. We call it the Face It to Fix It Graffiti Board – Inspired by UALR Chancellor Joel E. Anderson who said in his inaugural address, “This [racism] is a difficult issue that in many communities, not just here, has been cloaked by a code of silence, which makes it easier to pretend it does not exist…”
“You have to face it to fix it.”
The exercise encouraged dialogue about issues that surround race and sparked discussion among participants. Since then, we have taken the discussion online.
Respect. Tolerance. Dignity. Understanding.
Graphics by Trevor Collins, Intern