Dear EngageNWA Network,
This week is historic, even in a pandemic year punctuated by unprecedented circumstances and events. The murder conviction of a former police officer for George Floyd’s tragic death is a defining moment in our nation’s urgent struggle against systemic racism. While the jury’s job may be over, the work to address racism, discrimination and bias in our workplaces and communities is not.
EngageNWA was created around the fundamental belief that a more diverse, equitable and inclusive region is not only possible but necessary. Thriving communities happen when everyone has access to opportunity and is engaged in living, working and playing in fulfilling ways. We are honored to work with many organizations, businesses and individuals who are committed to this regional vision.
Last summer, George Floyd’s murder became a catalyst for broader, deeper and more urgent action as the calls for change echoed loudly across the globe and in our backyard.
In response, the Northwest Arkansas Council created the NWA Leadership Pledge for business, education, nonprofit and community leaders to take specific actions to address systemic racism and foster a more welcoming region.
To date, more than 160 companies and organizations signed the pledge!
But signing the pledge is just the beginning. Meaningful change can’t happen without actionable strategy, education and advocacy. That’s why we’ve developed several programs, materials and events to assist pledge signers on their journey.
Most recently, we launched a LinkedIn group to connect and share ideas, opportunities to participate in specialized programming, and visual branding assets to publicly demonstrate their welcoming and inclusive commitments. And much more is on the horizon.
If you haven’t had a chance to sign the pledge and don’t want to miss out on special programs and events, sign on the NWA Leadership pledge page.
If you have signed already, we stay committed to driving further action and accountability and working alongside you on your DEI journey.