Conway Conversations

Conway Conversations is all about the community coming together for constructive dialogue about topics that impact our society today. So if you are a business owner, retiree, single parent, college student, civic leader, university employee, Conway native, advocate or concerned citizen, you are invited to join us!

This program is sponsored by UCA Outreach & Community Engagement, UCA Office of Institutional Diversity and the UCA Center for Leadership Development

iCulture – Co-Creating a Path to an Inclusive Community

There is certain discomfort when we attempt to align two conflicting thoughts or feelings, but this step is vital to ensure a real shift in thought patterns and actions. For this Conway Conversation, we are partnering with Just Communities of Arkansas (JCA)—a community-based culture change agency focused on building capacity for diverse, inclusive and equitable transformation—to help community members lean into this tension and embrace this discrepancy between what they want for our community and where they are. Both on an individual and a collective level, recognizing and leveraging this creative tension leads to the energy for change necessary for co-creating that inclusive community we all aspire Conway to be. So for this session, JCA staff will facilitate bridge-building; not physical bridges, but liberating bridges of empathy, respect and of understanding through civil, open yet challenging and, if necessary, uncomfortable dialogue that seeks to amplify all voices in our community. This session is designed so we will walk away with new confidence and tools to enhance our unique ability, voice and influence to be more effective advocates and allies in co-creating the community we want to be. *Lunch break will be provided. Participants are invited to bring a brown bag lunch or enjoy lunch in downtown Conway!

Regular Fee: FREE

Fri, January 25 - January 25

9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Donald Wood

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iCulture – Co-Creating a Path to an Inclusive Community

There is certain discomfort when we attempt to align two conflicting thoughts or feelings, but this step is vital to ensure a real shift in thought patterns and actions. For this Conway Conversation, we are partnering with Just Communities of Arkansas (JCA)—a community-based culture change agency focused on building capacity for diverse, inclusive and equitable transformation—to help community members lean into this tension and embrace this discrepancy between what they want for our community and where they are. Both on an individual and a collective level, recognizing and leveraging this creative tension leads to the energy for change necessary for co-creating that inclusive community we all aspire Conway to be. So for this session, JCA staff will facilitate bridge-building; not physical bridges, but liberating bridges of empathy, respect and of understanding through civil, open yet challenging and, if necessary, uncomfortable dialogue that seeks to amplify all voices in our community. This session is designed so we will walk away with new confidence and tools to enhance our unique ability, voice and influence to be more effective advocates and allies in co-creating the community we want to be. 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM | UCA DOWNTOWN Donald Wood, Executive Director of Just Communities of Arkansas RSVP

Regular Fee: FREE

Fri, January 25 - January 25

9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Donald Wood

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Citizens Academy

The UCA Citizens Academy is a 13-week program emphasizing civic engagement at the local and regional level. Meeting one evening per week during the 2019 fall semester, sessions include presentations on many of the units and services of local and regional government with special attention on how citizens can become more involved. Unlike many other citizen academies, the UCA Citizens Academy addresses a wide array of issues. Space is limited and applications will be accepted on a competitive basis. Applications Due April 1, 2019! Questions? Contact Dr. Clay Arnold at (501) 450-3412 or carnold@uca.edu.

Regular Fee: $50

Tues, September 3 - December 3

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: UCA Campus

Instructor: Various

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