NORTHWEST ARKANSAS LEADERSHIP PLEDGE

Diversity and inclusion are vital to the well-being and success of our employees, communities, and businesses.  We stand committed to fostering and expanding a more just, equitable and inclusive region for all by purposefully addressing systemic racism in the  communities in which we operate.

In pursuit of the objective of a diverse and inclusive community, we are committed to the following guiding principles:

EDUCATION & TRAINING

Supporting educational initiatives designed to provide a deeper understanding of the historical underpinnings of systemic racism and help identify and eliminate unconscious bias.  We will continue to make our workplaces safe environments for such education by fostering open, frank and respectful discussions about these complex issues.

COMMUNITY & WORKPLACE

Working to ensure that our workplace environments are free of discrimination and that we advance the hiring, development, retention and promotion of diverse talent and invest in initiatives designed to reduce the effects of prejudices in our communities at the local, regional and national level.

PUBLIC POLICY

Supporting administrative and legislative measures that advance equality and justice and further the acceptance and advancement of all individuals, regardless of personal demographics including race, gender, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

Engaging thoughtfully on the issues by listening to and learning from each other, promoting transparency by sharing practices that have worked and failed, and helping keep each other accountable by encouraging the continued enhancement and evolution of policies and strategies to help overcome challenges and improve well-being for all.

Passed by the Fayetteville Housing Board of Commissioners – July 23, 2020 during Special Board Meeting

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