There’s a promising, new diversity champions program happening in Northwest Arkansas, and you’ll recognize many of organizations from the community hopping on board.
The TRUE Northwest Arkansas program is a three-year pilot initiative that aims to nurture and train the next legion of local champions for diversity and inclusion. These champions will be comprised of cohort participants who represent partners from multiple sectors including nonprofit organizations, government agencies, public institutions (educational institutions, hospitals, etc.) and faith-based organizations.
The program, which is funded through the Arkansas Community Foundation, Walmart Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation, is led through Converge — a social justice consulting firm based in New Orleans, Louisiana that works with organizations to create more equitable, diverse and inclusive communities across the country.
Converge will lead the first Northwest Arkansas TRAIN cohort for 8 months starting this year. In those eight months, the cohort will have access to opportunities for shared learning experiences, strategies for best practices and technical assistance in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion space.
The 2019 TRAIN cohort includes:
Care Community Center Inc.
Circle of Life
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Downtown Bentonville Inc.
Downtown Springdale Alliance
Fayetteville Public Library
Fayetteville School District #1
John Brown University
Northwest Arkansas Council
Northwest Arkansas Food Bank
NWA Center for Sexual Assault
Ozark Literacy Council
Scott Family Amazeum
Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas Inc.
Sunshine School & Development Center
Theatre Squared, Inc.
Tricycle Theatre for Youth
University of Arkansas Office for Diversity and Inclusion
Walton Arts Center Council, Inc.
The strategic goals for the program are right in its name: T for Train, R for report, U for uplift and E for Engage – all with the focus to build diversity and inclusion values into our community.
To learn more, visit http://truenwarkansas.org/.