Conway Conversations

The mission of Conway Conversations is to provide a space for members of the UCA campus and Conway communities to come together and engage in conversation about social issues affecting diverse groups of community members.

Conway Conversations Planning Team

  • Dr. Candice Barnes, College of Education
  • Dr. Lesley Graybeal, Division of Outreach & Community Engagement
  • Wendy Holbrook, Division of Student Services
  • Steven Shook, Center for Leadership Development
  • Charlotte Strickland, Office of University Training
  • Dr. Angela Webster, Office of Institutional Diversity

If you would like to assist in facilitating a Conway Conversations event, please contact Lesley Graybeal at

This program is jointly supported by UCA Outreach & Community Engagement, UCA Office of Institutional Diversity, the UCA Office of University Training and the UCA Center for Leadership Development and funded by a grant from Campus Compact.

Generational Diversity

In this lunch & learn event, participants will come together for a facilitated discussion of how age affects our communication with and understanding of one another and our community. Come learn how to better engage with your neighbors, coworkers, friends, and family members of all ages. Lunch will be provided, but space is limited! RSVP to reserve your spot today.

Thursday, February 8, 2018 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | UCA DOWNTOWN
Charlotte Strickland

Book Discussion

In this lunch & learn event, participants will choose to read one of three book options and participate in a discussion group on a topic related to community and identity. Book options include Braving the Wilderness (Brene’ Brown), Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates), and Everyone Communicates, Few Connect (John Maxwell). Lunch will be provided, but space is limited! RSVP to reserve your spot today. Participants should do their best to read the book prior to discussion, but please come even if you haven’t finished the book!

Thursday, March 1, 2018 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | UCA DOWNTOWN
Lesley Graybeal, Wendy Holbrook, and Steven Shook


Difficult Conversations Facilitator Training

Are you interested in hosting a dialogue or facilitating a difficult conversation at your organization? The Conway Conversations team will host nationally-recognized facilitator Tatyana Fertelmeyster of Connecting Differences to provide participants with the tools needed to host successful and productive dialogues. Space is limited. Contact Lesley Graybeal at if you are interested in attending this event.

Friday, March 9, 2018 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM | UCA DOWNTOWN
Tatyana Fertelmeyster