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Senate Bill 3, a hate crimes bill filed in November and presented to the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, aims to enhance sentencing for offenses committed because of certain attributes such as race, religion or sexual orientation.

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A Springdale teacher has resigned after administrators were made aware of a video in which the teacher berates a student for acting like Marshallese students because he doesn't look the teacher in the face when the teacher is speaking. The district spokesman issued a statement saying the comments don't reflect the district's values. Marshallese advocates say the video indicates teachers need more cultural training.

 

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This past Friday, Gayatri Agnew, who is a member of the Bentonville City Council, and Monica Kumar held a Stop Asian Hate vigil outside The Momentary in conjunction with a national day of action and healing. The vigil comes after a man shot and killed six women of Asian descent in Atlanta, Georgia and a former Bentonville fire captain was accused of assaulting a Vietnamese man in Hot Springs after asking him whether he knew this was America.

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Earlier this month, the Northwest Arkansas Council announced the launch of a new workforce housing center, which will be tasked with addressing the housing and transportation affordability issues created by a bustling economy and growing population.

This winter, the Walton Family Foundation released its five-year plan for working with organizations on issues of education, the environment and inclusion. We speak with Executive Director Caryl Stern about the foundation's vision in those areas.

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University of Arkansas students are once again calling on school leadership to remove the names and images of Arkansas U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright and former Gov. Charles Hillman Brough from campus. The Black Student Caucus and other student organizers held an anti-racism march this weekend to bring attention to what they say is inaction from university administration.

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A new tour of the Black experience at the University of Arkansas can be taken physically or virtually and covers decades of stories that took place on campus. The tour, put together by students, originated in a U of A Honors College seminar.

We continue to share excerpts from a Walton Family Foundation panel discussion about making growth in Northwest Arkansas more inclusive and equitable. Rafael Rios, the founder and executive chef at Yeyo's Hospitality Group, discusses how mentorship can play a role in that goal.

This month, a virtual conference hosted by the Walton Family Foundation included a panel discussion about the region's growth and inclusivity. Allyson Esposito, the executive director of the Creative Arkansas Community Hub & Exchange, discussed how art can be used to tell the stories of underrepresented communities in the region.

This month, the Walton Family Foundation hosted a virtual conference in tandem with the release of a five-year strategy for the foundation and its partners. One of the panels focused on diversity and inclusion as Northwest Arkansas continues to attract more people. On today's show, we hear from Benton County Judge Barry Moehring and Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese Executive Director Melisa Laelan.

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