LITTLE ROCK, AR (July 2, 2020) – University of Arkansas System President Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt today announced appointments for a new systemwide task force that will consider issues around racial equity at the campuses, divisions and units within the UA System.
The UA System Task Force on Racial Equity pis the result of a proposal made by John Goodson, chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas, at a special meeting of the board on June 17, when he announced plans to appoint a task force to address racial injustice and promote equitable practices within the System.
“The past several weeks in our country have brought to light the vital need for all institutions to increase efforts to combat racial injustice,” Goodson told Trustees and those attending the virtual special meeting. “Many people of color have spoken out, including many constituents of the UA System, about issues they face in their daily lives that we should all be concerned about.”
Goodson identified UA Trustee Stephen Broughton, M.D., to chair the task force, and fellow Trustee Ted Dickey to represent the Board, while setting expectations for the task force to make recommendations regarding policies, procedures and activities to help ensure the UA System and its campuses, divisions and units across the state promote an atmosphere that is “welcoming and attuned to the cultural and educational needs of all Arkansans,” he said.
“I see this as an opportunity to consider necessary changes across the UA System, highlighted by the chance to give everyone a voice and a seat at the table to discuss areas of concern and successes at individual campuses,” Broughton said. “It will be vitally important that we not only have a good ear and listen to what’s going on around us, but to also propose new ideas and policies and follow them up with appropriate actions to ensure progress is being made.”
Bobbitt said the task force is a welcomed addition to many efforts already underway at the system’s campuses, divisions and units to address issues of racial equity.
“There is an expectation from my office and the Board of Trustees that faculty, students, staff and visitors to our campuses should all be treated with respect and presented with an equitable environment to pursue their educational and scholarly goals,” Bobbitt said. “This is a well-respected and accomplished group, and I look forward to the UA System benefitting from its work immediately and well in to the future.”
The UA System Task Force on Racial Equity includes:Committee MemberUA System AffiliationDr. Stephen BroughtonUA System Trustee, Committee ChairMr. Ted DickeyUA System TrusteeDr. Robert CarrProvost, University of Arkansas at Pine BluffDr. Mark CochranVice President, UA System Division of AgricultureDr. Deacue FieldsDean, University of Arkansas, FayettevilleMr. Marvin CastonSenior Director of Development, Razorback Foundation, Inc.Dr. Moses GoldmanVice Chancellor, University of Arkansas at MonticelloDr. Georgia HaleProvost, University of Arkansas at Fort SmithDr. Keith PinchbackChancellor, Phillips Community College of the University of ArkansasDr. Terisa RileyChancellor, University of Arkansas at Fort SmithDr. Charles RobinsonProvost, University of Arkansas, FayettevilleDr. Chris SmithDean, University of Arkansas Community College at Hope-TexarkanaMs. Kristi SmithDirector, UA Little Rock Alumni AssociationMs. Christina ClarkVice Chancellor/COO, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Specific questions relating to the appointment of Dr. Moses Goldmon, Vice Chancellor of Student Engagement at theUniversity of Arkansas at Monticello, may be directed to Ember Davis, UAM Director of Marketing and Public Relations, at DavisEL@uamont.edu or (870) 460-1274.