Arkansas Racial Equity Summit

Our team at the University of Central Arkansas Center for Community and Economic Development (CCED) is dedicated to finding ways to be more intentional in designing content and moving the needle on racial equity and justice in Arkansas. We recognize that creating equity is an extremely important part of community development and economic development. Thus, we hosted the Arkansas Racial Equity Summit (the Summit) with support from our sponsors ARcare, the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, and Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas on October 8, 2020.

The Summit provided a space for participants to learn about the history of racial injustice in Arkansas, provided information on what inequities exist today (in health, education, wealth/income, and the criminal justice system), and hosted an interactive discussion on what citizens, community leaders, and elected officials can do to counteract those inequities to create a better future for Arkansas. We look forward to continuing the conversation with additional opportunities.

Click here to view the agenda.

Click here for notes and resources from the Summit.

Click here to view Dr. Kenneth Barnes’ presentation on the history of racial injustice in Arkansas or watch below: