MLK Week of Action

The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 17, 2022, is the 27th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022 is additionally observed as the National Day of Racial Healing, when communities across the country come together for dialogue, truth-telling, and action towards a more equitable future.

Event information and links to participate in UCA’s observations of both civic engagement holidays can be found below.


Conway Conversations: National Day of Racial Healing

Tuesday, January 18, 5:30-7:00 pm

Since 2017, Conway Conversations has provided 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 joins other organizations and communities around Arkansas and the nation in commemorating the National Day of Racial Healing by hosting a faculty panel and interactive small group discussions on the topic of Revisiting Broken Systems online via Zoom.


  • Dr. Kristy Carter, Fixing Broken Entrepreneurial Ecosystems for Women of Color
  • Dr. Taine Duncan, CRT and Critical Theories of Race: How Political Philosophy Can Help Us Identify and Resolve Structural Inequities
  • Dr. Marsha Massey, Confronting Bias in STEM Education: Reflections of a Black Chemist

This event is open to participants from UCA Campus, the Conway Community, and throughout the state of Arkansas and we welcome you to attend this conversation. We will have a 30-minute panel presentation followed by one hour of small group dialogue on the topic of revisiting broken systems.

Register Here

Conway Art Walk: Racial Healing through the Arts

Thursday, January 20, 5-8 pm

UCA Outreach will offer make-and-take art journal and button-making activities on the theme of racial healing through the arts at the Conway Art Walk on Thursday, January 20th from 5-8 pm at UCA Downtown. Volunteers are needed at UCA Downtown to assist with set up, facilitating arts activities, and clean up. Additional volunteers are needed for various roles at the Conway Art Walk event. The Conway Art Walk is a free monthly event offering art demonstrations, live music, shopping, drinks, and small bites to eat.

Register Here as a UCA Downtown Volunteer
Register Here as a Conway Art Walk General Volunteer