We are Committed to ACT

What is “We Are Committed to ACT?

We Are Committed is an initiative led by the Office for Equal Opportunity and Compliance centered around three ACTions:

  • to Aide in stopping the acts or incidents of discrimination, and sexual misconduct.
  • to Champion inclusive excellence through equity, access, civility, diversity and inclusion
  • and to Tell someone who can take action about your concerns or report it online at report.uark.edu.

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing an inclusive and diverse learning and working environment. Our campus strives to be a place that inspires thought, creativity and growth. We must emphasize this commitment to inclusion so diversity, access, equity and civility become part of the fabric of our institution.

As Chancellor Steinmetz says, everyone has a role to play!

How will the initiative be accomplished?

This initiative is spearheaded by four key focus areas, with a working group formed around each:

  1. Communication – Branding and communicating the initiative internally and externally.
  2. Programming – Short-term and long-term programming that we can put in place as well as collaborate with units that have programs in place.
  3. Reinforcement - Policies, guidance and practices that we should reinforce or put in place to ensure so we are sending a consistent message campus-wide. 
  4. Resources – Identify resources to keep this initiative in place long-term.

These working groups are asked to develop sustainable ACTion items to be implemented campus-wide as well as within the divisions, colleges and units.

“We Are Committed to ACT” Members

List of working groups and members in each

Chair – Danielle L. Williams

Working Groups:


Communication
– Branding and communicating the initiative internally and externally.

  • John Post (Co-Lead)
  • Jamie A. Hestekin (Co-Lead)
    • Mark Rushing
    • Allen Lee Porter
    • Thomas Carter III
    • Laura Jacobs
    • Rae-Marie Hoops
    • Christopher Bader
    • John Enda Folan
    • Rafael Arciga Garcia
    • Melanie Chandler

Programming – Short-term and long-term programming that we can put in place as well as collaborate with units that have programs in place.

  • Leslie May Yingling (Co-Lead)
  • Jacquelyn Dee Mosley (Co-Lead)
    • Michelle L. Pribbernow
    • Angela Mosley- Monts
    • Trevor Francis
    • Jacque Linebarger
    • Tara Carr
    • Gabriel Diaz Montemayor 
    • Wayne Bell
    • Kadesha Treco
    • Parice Shantele Bowser
    • Elicia C. Smith
    • Jeannie Hulen
    • Barbara Lofton
    • Brande Flack
    • Adrian Smith
    • Margaret Butcher
    • JD Diloreto-Hill

Resources – Identify resources to keep this initiative in place long-term

  • Michael W. White (Co-Lead)
  • Marcia A. Shobe (Co-Lead)
    • Peter B. MacKeith
    • Paul D. Adams
    • Calvin White Jr.
    • Eunice Alberson
    • Yvette Murphy-Erby
    • Lewatis D. McNeal
    • Suzanne McCray
    • Laura Moix
    • Anna Zajicek

Reinforcement - Policies, guidance and practices that we should reinforce or put in place to ensure so we are sending a consistent message campus-wide. 

  • Melissa Harwood-Rom (Co-Lead)
  • Kathryn Ann Sloan (Co-Lead)
    • J'onnelle Colbert-Diaz
    • Stephen Gahagans
    • Liz Means
    • Wendy D. Stouffer
    • Romona L. West
    • Bryan Hill
    • Joe Cordi
    • Rachel Eileen Eikenberry
    • Lisa H. Milam
    • April Daniel
    • Heather Lyn Nachtmann
    • Laura Anglea James

 

Timeline

July 2020: We Are Committed kickoff; first meeting of group and dividing into working groups with team leads

August 2020: Working groups meet to discuss goals and actions to advance effort.

September 2020: Page launch and news story

More information will be forthcoming as the initiative develops

How can I help?

In addition to championing the ACT tenets, faculty, staff and students can join working groups to help develop ways to advance the effort. Those interested in volunteering can contact oeoc@uark.edu.