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.


National Day of Racial Healing: A Conversation
Jan 19 | 12-1 pm | Online Discussion | Register
Conway Conversations joins other organizations and communities around Arkansas and the nation in commemorating the National Day of Racial Healing by hosting a facilitated conversation with our neighbors using prompts related to race and privilege from We’re Not Really Strangers.

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You Book Discussion
Feb 17 | 12-1 pm | Online Discussion | Register
Participants will discuss the #1 New York Times bestselling book Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds. The book reimagines Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s award-winning Stamped from the Beginning to provide a concise and energizing exploration of the history of racism in America, the source of anti-racist ideas and feelings, and tools for stamping out racism in our daily lives, accessible to a wide variety of readers.

Registered participants may receive a free copy of the book on a first-come, first-served basis through grant funding provided by the UCA Foundation awarded through UCA Staff Senate.

This Book is Anti-Racist Book Discussion
Feb 10, Feb 24, Mar 10 | 12-1 pm | Online Discussion Series | Register
Participants will use selected lessons from the #1 New York Times bestseller This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work. This interactive book written by Tiffany Jewell and compellingly illustrated by Aurelia Durand uses a series of workbook-style lessons to engage readers in understanding race and racism, identity, and ultimately our own voice and power to make change in the world around us.

Registered participants may receive a free copy of the book on a first-come, first-served basis through grant funding provided by the UCA Foundation awarded through UCA Staff Senate.

All members of the UCA campus and Conway communities are invited to join us to listen and share with one another. In all of our events, Conway Conversations welcomes a diversity of views and perspectives in the spirit of dialogue across differences.


Resource Roundup from Conway Conversations: Where Do We Go from Here?

In June 2020, the Conway Conversations team hosted a facilitated conversation for participants to listen and share their feelings and reflections on the death of George Floyd and ongoing demonstrations. Participants discussed opportunities to support one another and contribute to long-term solutions to social problems. Resources for ongoing learning, reflection, and action are available at the link below.

Resource Roundup


Conway Conversations Planning Team

  • Dr. Candice Barnes, College of Education
  • Dr. Riva Brown, College of Fine Arts and Communication
  • Dr. Lesley Graybeal, Division of Outreach & Community Engagement
  • Wendy Holbrook, Division of Student Services
  • Victoria Mays, Division of Outreach & Community Engagement
  • Steven Shook, Center for Leadership Development

If you would like to assist in facilitating a Conway Conversations event, please contact Lesley Graybeal at lgraybeal@uca.edu.

This program is jointly supported by UCA Outreach & Community Engagement and UCA Division of Student Services.


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