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UCA CCED Hosts 2021 Arkansas Racial Equity Summit

The University of Central Arkansas Center for Community and Economic Development (CCED) will host the second annual 2021 Arkansas Racial Equity Summit on Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in McCastlain Ballroom on the campus of UCA.

The 2021 summit will feature topics such as the history of racial injustice in Arkansas, elevating Black voices and best practices for diversity, equity and inclusion in organizations and communities. 

Andre Cummings

Adena White

Kara Wilkins

Martie North Hamilton

Speakers are Andre Douglas Pond Cummings of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, Adena White of Blackbelt Voices, Kara Wilkins of the Arkansas Black Philanthropy Collaborative and Martie North Hamilton of System Critical LLC.

Grant recipients from the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation—Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub in Little Rock, Southeast Arkansas College in Pine Bluff and OneCommunity in Springdale—will also present the work they are doing and its impact across the state. 

The event will be capped off by a reflection on how participants can utilize the information and resources provided and apply it in their communities.

CCED Director Shelby Fiegel shared, “Our hope is that the 2021 summit will build off of the conversations we facilitated in 2020 and that it will spark conversations and action at the local level. We view the Summit as a place where we can grow individually and pinpoint ways we can develop communities and organizations that are diverse, equitable and inclusive.”

Thanks to a grant from the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation and event sponsors ARcare and the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, the 2021 summit is free to participants. 

Participants will be required to adhere to UCA’s guidelines on masking and social distancing during the event. Lunch will be provided at the event. Registration is limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

For more information including the agenda and registration link, visit Arkansas Racial Equity Summit or contact Dylan Edgell at dedgell1@uca.edu.

About CCED
The Center for Community and Economic Development’s mission is to have a positive impact on communities by equipping leaders with economic tools and resources, building consensus to achieve community goals and bringing UCA resources and communities together. CCED envisions communities across Arkansas and the country with robust economies, a flourishing quality of life and diverse and engaged citizen leaders. CCED provides customized training and technical assistance to communities and their leaders and is part of UCA’s Division of Outreach and Community Engagement. Learn more at uca.edu/cced.