equity

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.

This week, the Walton Family Foundation unveiled its plan for working with foundations and nonprofits during the next five-year grantmaking cycle. The strategy coincides with a conference the foundation hosted, virtually, that ended today. The plan places a priority on three goals: championing community-driven change, collaboration with partners and placing specific attention on diversity, equity and inclusion in its grants.

Organizers wrapped up a week of events in Arkansas with a virtual press conference Friday where they announced plans to create legislation that works toward racial healing in the state. Sen. Joyce Elliott is working on the bill which would recognize the National Day of Racial Healing as an official statewide observance, establish community remembrance projects in all 75 counties, and exonerate Elaine Massacre defendants.

TRUE Northwest Arkansas, an iniative of the Arkansas Community Foundation funded by grants from the Walmart and Walton Family Foundations, is offering support and training to 30 local nonprofits that are champions of diversity, inclusion and equity to help them, and the region, further those goals.