The University of Arkansas has announced that it is establishing a Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Center. The center will focus on creating transformative and sustainable change in areas relating to diversity and inclusion.
The Campus Center will host programs focused on creating awareness about the effects of racism on individuals and communities as well as provide support for diversity professionals who work to create diverse, equitable and inclusive spaces. The Campus Center initiative is built around a framework of five pillars – narrative change, racial healing and relationship building, separation, law, and economy – aimed at preparing a new generation of leaders to confront racism and promote equity.
Yvette Murphy-Erby, professor of social work and vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion at the University of Arkansas said that “our university is uniquely positioned to enact meaningful change through impactful programming that heals and unifies our communities as we work to build a more diverse, inclusive and equitable community and state.”
Professor Murphy-Erby is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She holds a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Murphy joined the faculty at the university in 2011.