These links are meant to just be some places where interested persons might go to get more information on local and national organizations working to promote diversity in American culture by standing for social justice. If you have suggestions for other organizations to include here, please contact any of the diversity concerns members. The Diversity Concerns Committee is especially interested in featuring information about local initiatives and organizations.
Arkansas Can Do, Inc.
Arkansas Can Do Committee is a collaboration of individuals with disabilities, their family members and representatives from agencies and organizations interested in disability issues.
Our purpose is to increase the positive perceptions of all people regarding the vitality, importance and value of persons with disabilities. This purpose is being accomplished through implementation of a statewide multimedia campaign and educational workshops on “people-first language” and disability etiquette. Arkansans with disabilities determined the need for this project through an assessment designed to identify and prioritize issues important to people with disabilities. They determined that negative attitudes and stereotypical images are the main problems faced by persons with disabilities, keeping them from being fully included in everyday life. Increasing the positive perceptions of the general public regarding people with disabilities was given top priority through the assessment process. It was determined that if the general public could see people with disabilities as productive, contributing members of society, focusing on what they “can do,” then other issues would be easier to address. The Arkansas Can Do Committee was created as a sub-committee of the Consumer (Advisory) Committee of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Partners for Inclusive Communities. Additional consumers and organizational representatives were invited to participate, and membership quickly expanded to include consumers and representatives from various organizations with an interest in disability issues. See Membership for a list of current members and the organizations represented. In 2007, the Arkansas Can Do Committee incorporated and became a 501c3 non-profit organization, Arkansas Can Do, Inc., allowing the organization to accept tax deductible contributions to continue promoting positive images of people with disabilities. (From Can Do website)
Association on Higher Education and Disability
AHEAD is a professional membership organization for individuals involved in the development of policy and in the provision of quality services to meet the needs of persons with disabilities involved in all areas of higher education. AHEAD is actively involved in all facets of promoting full and equal participation by individuals with disabilities in higher education; and supporting the systems, institutions, professions, and professionals who attend to the fulfillment of this important mission. (from AHEAD website)
The Bethlehem House program focus continues to be that of building relationships. Families and individuals in residence move from being alone, afraid, ashamed and depressed to becoming independent, productive, self-supporting members of the community. Homelessness is stressful. Therefore, nurturing and supporting the residents of Bethlehem House is a primary concern.
With these goals in mind, Bethlehem Houseoffers case management, employment assistance, life skills training, advocacy, education, vocational counseling, transportation, guidance, love and the support necessary to recover from the devastation of homelessness. (from the Bethelem House website)
The Clinton School of Public Service
Located on the grounds of the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park in Little Rock, Ark., the Clinton School helps students gain knowledge and skills to further their careers in private-sector, non-profit, volunteer or government work. While learning valuable lessons about global leadership and civic engagement in the classroom, our students spend a large portion of their time in the field, participating in public service projects ranging from local work in the Mississippi River Delta, to international projects in places like China, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and the Sudan. (from the Clinton School website)
The Jewish Federation of Arkansas
The Jewish Federation of Arkansas seeks to be a resource and contact point for Jews throughout the state; to strengthen the unity, identity, and impact of the Jewish people by helping Jews and others in need, providing a forum for the exchange of ideas, and developing and implementing programs and services.
Together with The Jewish Federations of North America, the Jewish Federation of Arkansas promotes meaningful philanthropy, hands-on volunteerism, shared commitment and the power of the individual to make the positive difference for the Jewish people... (from the Federation Website)
Just Communities of Arkansas
Just Communities of Arkansas (JCA) is a human relations organization which brings people together to achieve inclusion, equity and justice for all.
Since 1964, JCA has served Arkansas citizens. Regardless of the ethnicity, culture, race or religious beliefs of the community it serves, the goal of JCA has been consistent: to encourage people of all races, religions and ethnic backgrounds to work toward mutual respect and cooperation while maintaining their distinct heritages.
Founded as a regional office of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, Just Communities of Arkansas is a member of the National Federation for Just Communities, a coalition of like-minded organizations working across America to bring the values of diversity, inclusion and social justice to our communities, schools, workplaces and institutions. (From Just Communities Website)
National Association for the Advancement of Colored Persons
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination. (from the NAACP website)
Soul Food Cafe Mission
1. To provide a place where people of our community or those passing through our community to receive, without hassle or precondition, free hot meals, food boxes and/or clothing without prejudice or regard to race, creed or religion)
2. To present the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a creative way to those who will hear, but is not forced on anyone in order to receive any help from the Mission.
3. To provide an opportunity for churches and people of faith in Jesus Christ from our community to help in distributing, feeding, clothing or ministering to those coming to the Mission for assistance.
4. To maintain the Mission grounds as denominationally neutral, so that all people of faith in Jesus Christ can work together for the Kingdom of God.
Southern Poverty Law Center
The Southern Poverty Law Center was founded in 1971 as a small civil rights law firm. Today, SPLC is internationally known for its tolerance education programs, its legal victories against white supremacists and its tracking of hate groups. (from the SPLC website)
Watershed was founded in 1978 by Rev. Hezekiah D. Stewart , Jr. and the Mt. Nebo AfricanMethodist Episcopal Church. Now Located in the former Gillam Park School building, the Agency serves all people who come to its doors, but with special focus on those who live in the College Station and Granite Mountain neighborhoods of Little Rock and the Sweet Home and Wrightsvile communities in Pulaski County.Watershed works with the City, County, State and the Federal governments, as well as the business and financial community, schools and colleges and local philanthropic and non-profit groups to facilitate and encourage support for Arkansas' neediest. (from the Watershed website)