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Hendrix College to Host Colorful Women Leadership Summit

CONWAY, Ark. (January 31, 2020) — Nationally recognized leaders and scholars will gather at Hendrix College on March 13, 2020 for the Colorful Women Summit (CWS), which brings together a statewide coalition of higher education providers and community organizations to discuss how they can work together to continue to improve the outcomes and opportunities for women of color in Arkansas.

CWS will be a one-day experience led by young adults, professionals, and community leaders who seek to address critical issues affecting women of color and to find sustainable solutions. 

In addition to a plenary session led by Dr. Angela Webster, associate vice president for institutional diversity and inclusion at the University of Central Arkansas, CWS will feature roundtable and panel discussions, health screenings, and student leadership labs. Little Rock-based digital marketing company Apptegy and the Arkansas Minority Health Commission will provide support for the event, as will the S.I.S. (Sisters in Solidarity) group at Hendrix College.

“The Hendrix S.I.S. group is thrilled to host the summit,” said Kesha Baoua, interim vice president for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer for the College and a member of the CWS advisory group. “S.I.S. was created just this year to give young women of color a space to network, support each other, and to provide community service in areas that affect young women. While we knew there was some interest in organizing a group like S.I.S., we were overwhelmed by the student response to join. So, having the opportunity to learn from the speakers and sessions while networking with other young women from around Arkansas will provide an invaluable experience for our students.”

Three women with strong Hendrix College ties are among the presenters: Professor Emerita of English Dr. Alice Hines, who will receive the Leadership Legacy Award; Dr. Dionne Jackson ’96, who before becoming executive director of AR Kids Read in 2019 served as the inaugural chief diversity officer for Hendrix; and Marquita Little Numan ’05, executive director, Urban League of Arkansas. Other presenters include Sharon Lanier, corporate market director, American Heart Association; and Mireya Reith, executive director, Arkansas United Community Coalition.

The summit begins at 8 a.m. in the Student Life and Technology Center on the Hendrix College campus. Registration is open through March 2, 2020, and is available at

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit