Goal Four

To provide leadership opportunities for students to learn about race and ethnicity through courses, related projects, and independent scholarship.

UALR’s primary constituents are its students. As a metropolitan university in the state’s capital, UALR attracts a diverse student population in terms of gender, age, socioeconomic status, race and national origin. The campus will continue to have a significant number of international students representing a variety of ethnicities and benefit from having such diversity constitute the organizational culture.


The Institute feels an obligation to integrate its work with student opportunities to engage in scholarship, research, and service. The Institute is enriched by these interactions, while students increase their understanding of race and the role it has and does play particularly in American life, as well as in the state and local community.

IRE will work to expand opportunities in this area, including exploring the feasibility of establishing an academic major in Race and Ethnic Studies or African American studies. Additionally, we will intensify outreach efforts to engage more K-12 students through programming and community initiatives.

We work to accomplish Goal Four through:

  • Curricular/academic program offerings
  • University courses
  • Internships
  • Research projects
  • Service learning opportunities
  • Graduate assistantships
  • Special programs
  • Formal and informal discussion groups

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