New Institute on Race at the University of Arkansas Little Rock

The trustees of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock have approved the establishment of the Institute on Race and Ethnicity on campus. The institute is scheduled to become a reality next fall and will act as an information clearinghouse on racial statistics and the history of blacks and other minorities in Arkansas. Faculty from a wide number of disciplines will be involved in the work of the new center.

The university is currently conducting a search for a director of the institute, which will be housed on the fifth floor of the university’s main library. A $200,000 grant from the Donaghey Foundation provided the seed money for the institute.

Blacks make up about 27 percent of the 10,000 undergraduate students at the Little Rock campus.