The University of Arkansas at Monticello has established a new focus group for racial equity and inclusion.
The Chancellor’s Focus Group for Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is aimed at discussing and developing outreach initiatives and making recommendations to the University Executive Council. Composed of 12 campus officials, the group aims to foster “inclusive learning and living community” at the university,” according to a news release.
“The stated values of UAM include fostering inclusivity and respect for every member of the university community. I am excited that this focus group is intent on developing initiatives that will further develop a campus culture reflective of these principles,” Chancellor Peggy Doss said in a statement.
The focus group will be headed by Bob Ware, the vice chancellor for UAM College of Technology – McGehee. Associate professor of political science and director of governmental relations John Davis will serve as the group’s co-chair.
“To provide a comprehensive education that promotes critical thinking and understanding, as a university, we need to address, head-on, any issues pertaining to race, ethnicity, and gender. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination, and this committee is an excellent way to make that a clear and continuous priority,” Ware said.
The full list of focus group members is listed below:
Bob Ware – Task Force Chair; Vice Chancellor, UAM College of Technology – McGehee
John Davis – Task Force Co-Chair; Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Governmental Relations
Markell Cox – Head Women’s Basketball Coach
Michael Davila – Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students
Courtney Hicks – Student Government Association Representative
Wanda Jackson – Instructor of Education
Marie Jenkins – Director of Social Work, Associate Professor of Social Work
Kris Johnson – Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach
Trinita Newton – Accountant
Roberta Thomas – Director of Testing and Career Services
Kim Wallis – Health Information Technology Instructor, UAM College of Technology – Crossett
Jeremy Woodall – Baptist Collegiate Ministry Campus Minister