Turn the celebration into an ongoing inclusive initiative
National Hispanic Heritage Month is a great opportunity to celebrate the countless contributions of Latinx employees and communities in our region.
By 2025, employees of Hispanic and Latinx descent are projected to account for one out of every two workers entering the United States labor market. Yet, according to a study published by the Center for Talent Innovation, 76% repress some facets of their culture in the workplace such as how they communicate and present themselves, and another 63% feel their ideas are not valued or heard on a team.
Businesses and organizations can join the celebration and connect and engage beyond the heritage month by recognizing the aspirations and successes of Hispanic and Latinx employees throughout the year; starting an affinity group to foster more inclusion and belonging among employees; and assessing whether diverse employees are being paid the same as their non-diverse counterparts for equal work.
For more ideas, check out a recent article by Diversity Best Practices featuring member examples:
Is there racism in heaven? Nick Cave's Until launches at the Momentary
A new exhibit at the Momentary in Bentonville is a response to the question: Is there racism in heaven? Through visual art and mixed media, Nick Cave’s Until addresses gender, race, and gun violence in America and asks viewers to think about where we are today and what the future may look like.
The exhibit occupies the entire Momentary building and is free to the public through Jan. 3. Meet the artist and learn more about the exhibit at The Momentary.
Murals with a message
In the wake of protests and growing social movements, the country has seen a boom in protest art and murals ready to take the place of Confederate figures as cultural fixtures in evolving communities. Northwest Arkansas is no stranger to eye-catching murals. The expansive art pieces are peppered throughout our streets from the busiest corridors in Fayetteville to quaint corners in downtown Rogers and Bentonville.
Local artists have answered the call for works that take inspiration from the Black Lives Matter movement — works they hope will stand to serve as reminders for change and symbols of hope rather than substitutes for racial healing.
NWA Leadership Pledge - UPDATE
* 140 organizations in NWA have signed the pledge to address systemic racism and promote a more equitable and inclusive region.
* This week, we are kicking off the eight-week workshop series, “Let’s Talk About Integrity and Race,” based on Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want To Talk About Race, and Mary Gentile’s Giving Voice To Values to 125 participants. Sponsored by the Northwest Arkansas Council, EngageNWA and the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, this series is one of many upcoming opportunities we are offering to our pledge signers.
* If you have not yet had a chance to sign, please do so here to receive invitations and communication about upcoming pledge programs!
Six-day countdown to census wrap-up | AR Counts Time is running out!
September 30 is the last day of the 2020 census. Businesses and organizations can help ensure a stronger, more accurate count in these last few days by integrating social media messages into digital communication as well as providing dedicated time to allow employees to complete their questionnaire online. Click here for shareable material and be sure to get counted at My2020Census.gov or call 844-330-2020.
Slate features story on Marshallese advocates in NWA | Slate Magazine
A recent article in the online magazine Slate highlighted Marshall Islanders in Northwest Arkansas, describing their history, their vulnerabilities with COVID-19 and the efforts of advocates including Melisa Laelan of the Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese, Dr. Sheldon Riklon of UAMS and April Brown of the Marshallese Educational Initiative to provide emergency assistance and improve healthcare access. Read the full story here.
Razorbacks Athletics launches HOGS United | UARK News
Calls for action regarding social justice around the country and on the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville campus led the Athletics Department to revamp and rebrand its diversity and inclusion program now called HOGS United. Efforts span programming and events, messaging, data collection and analysis, facility review and recruitment and retention. Although Hogs UNITED is in its early stages, action has begun with the creation of a virtual meeting titled “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Razorback” and Hogs VERI-fied, a voter education and registration initiative.
Special Voters Participation Forum – VIRTUAL
HOSTED BY: EngageNWA and the Northwest Arkansas Council
DATE: Friday, September 25
TIME: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
This event is moderated by Randy Wilburn, founder and host of the I Am Northwest Arkansas podcast, and will feature the following panelists:
– Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston
– Lee Bansil, Tyson Foods Vice President of Corporate Communications
– Lee Culpepper, Walmart Vice President of Public Affairs
– Karen Gillespie, Kitestring Corporate Counsel
In this digital forum, you will learn about some of the corporate and small-business efforts and strategies designed to increase voter participation.