Vision Statement

Conway: Where diversity, belonging ,equity, and inclusive engagement are central to a thriving Arkansas.

9 Goals

  • In 2035, Conway has regular, public, and free DBIE outreach programming utilizing various resources including higher educational institutions, community groups, and city of Conway leadership so that all Conwegians can participate in celebrating, learning about, and engaging with matters of DBIE.
  • In 2035, Conway will fully embrace DBEI by developing a diverse leadership team that is representative of our community and supports collaboration, cooperation, and understanding.
  • In 2035, Conway will have developed civic education and civic engagement initiatives to improve the possibilities for diverse representation in city leadership, so that the elected officials of the future can look more like the plurality of the citizenship.
  • In 2035, Conway’s institutions and organizations will establish DBIE as a central value of the city so that Conway’s culture can develop around belonging and inclusion.
  • In 2035, Conway will improve awareness and recognition through celebration of a plurality of diverse populations to improve equity, accessibility, and exposure.
  • In 2035, Conway will have earned a reputation of compassion for collaboration, coordination, and understanding so that safe and equitable community-public service engagement results in the thriving of the whole community.
  • In 2035, Conway is collaborating with public and private educational institutions to help faculty, staff, and K-12 students feel supported in prioritizing diversity.
  • In 2035, Conway will address timely issues of responsibility for equity and inclusion for particularly marginalized groups, so that specific issues of racism, gender and sex discrimination, immigration, religious discrimination, and economic status discrimination may be properly recognized and engaged with.
  • In 2035, Conway will host a regular city-wide cultural appreciation fair/market so that there will be increased celebration of, exposure to, and acceptance of diversity.

5 Ways Individuals Can Support This Sector

  • Join groups, network with groups outside of your typical circle, and invite different people into your circle.
  • For DBIE training, individuals can commit to attending training for the sectors/elements of diversity that they are least familiar with.
  • Get comfortable with being uncomfortable; listen to diverse perspectives.
  • Refrain from asking individuals to speak on behalf of their entire community.
  • Challenge each other to have difficult, but respectful, conversations about DBIE.

5 Ways Organizations Can Support This Sector

  • Conduct rigorous, meaningful, comprehensive DBEI assessments and training.
  • Review/evaluate policies and practices to ensure DBEI among all staff and individuals served.
  • Consider ways to increase access for people who speak Spanish, people with various disabilities, hearing impairments, and people who are neuro-divergent, etc.
  • Recruit and advertise in diverse neighborhoods and create opportunities for minoritized individuals to become trained and promoted.
  • Promote belonging by sharing the stories of more diverse community members through media.

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