32nd Annual Community Development Institute (CDI)


When: July 30-August 3, 2018

Where: University of Central Arkansas’ Brewer Hegeman Conference Center

What: The Community Development Institute (CDI) began at the University of Central Arkansas in 1987, with the goal of equipping community leaders and economic development professionals with the tools and strategies they needed to create vibrant, successful communities. 30 years later, CDI is still the go-to resource for training.

For more information go here.



University of Central Arkansas Poverty Simulation

When: December 5, 2017, 1:40 – 4:30 p.m.

Where: University of Central Arkansas’ McCastlain Hall – McCastlain Ballroom

What: Our team at the Center is hosting a Poverty Simulation for UCA faculty/staff members and community leaders. The Poverty Simulation is intended to move participants to think about the harsh realities of poverty and to talk about how communities can address the problem. The simulation is a unique, interactive experience that helps people begin to understand what life is like with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress.

Register for the Poverty Simulation here.


We also need volunteers to to serve as vendors for this event!

If you choose to serve as a volunteer, you will play the role of a vendor. Vendors interact with participants by imitating some of the common agency staff that individuals in poverty come into contact with. A list of vendors is provided here.

Email Sara Whisenhunt at to sign up as a volunteer.

UCA Faculty and Staff members can register to attend here.