EngageNWA and the Northwest Arkansas Council are excited to announce Let’s Talk Diversity: Moving from Inequity and Exclusion to Action, a six-week virtual workshop series in partnership with the University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton College of Business based on Richard Rothstein’s The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. The series includes a virtual talk by the author. The deadline to register is Friday, October 8.


The Northwest Arkansas Council and EngageNWA are offering the workshop series to the organizations that signed the NWA Leadership Pledge and invite pledge-supporting organizations to register multiple members of their teams. This is a great opportunity to address the education & training guiding principle of the pledge. The workshops are being organized and overseen by the Walton College’s Assistant Dean Barbara Lofton.

Participants will gain:

– skills to build their intercultural competence

– skills to have difficult conversations in the workplace about diversity, equity and inclusion

– an understanding of the role of federal, state and local governments in segregation and how that impacts our community today

– new connections and strengthened relationships with others also committed to advancing DEI in Northwest Arkansas

The series is open to those who participated in the Let’s Talk series in the fall of 2020, but it is not a prerequisite to have attended the previous series.

Those who participate in at least five of the six workshops will receive a LinkedIn certificate from the Sam M. Walton College of Business Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

For questions or more information, please contact Margot Lemaster at margot@nwacouncil.org.


*Please note: Session leaders will be available from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. to answer additional questions not covered in the session.

Workshop #1: Wednesday, Oct. 13, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Workshop #2: Wednesday, Oct. 20, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Workshop #3: Wednesday, Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

**Keynote Speaker, Richard Rothstein: Thursday, Nov. 4, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.**

Workshop #5: Wednesday, Nov. 10, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Workshop #6: Wednesday, Nov. 17, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

**Keystone speaker presentation will be in place of Workshop #4.


I absolutely loved this time and learning from so many perspectives.

So glad this was happening. Helped me feel connected and improved my ability to understand racism.

THANK YOU SO MUCH! I'm growing comfortable with being uncomfortable as I wrestle with and reshape my own lifelong beliefs, perceptions, and limited understandings as a rural white person.


Richard Rothstein is the author of “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America” published in May 2017.  A Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute, the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and of the Haas Institute at the University of California (Berkeley, Mr. Rothstein is also the author of “Grading Education: Getting Accountability Right” (2008) and “Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic and Educational Reform to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap” (2004); “The Way We Were? Myths and Realities of America’s Student Achievement” (1998): “The Charter School Dust-Up: Examining the Evidence on Enrollment and Achievement” (co-authored in 2005); and “All Else Equal: Are Public and Private Schools Different?” (co-authored in 2003).