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Our Mission

Hogs UNITED is a collaborative effort between the student-athletes, coaches, and staff at the University of Arkansas Athletic Department. This effort is aimed at promoting education, advocacy, and action in the areas of diversity and inclusive excellence.

Hogs UNITED is a group focused on concerns and topics within the areas of diversity and inclusive excellence. The mission of this group aligns with Chancellor Steinmetz’s Guiding Principles – specifically, Enriching Campus Diversity & Inclusion, and Building a Collaborative & Innovative Campus. Hogs UNITED will communicate those messages throughout the Department of Athletics and beyond. Additional areas of focus include hiring and retention of individuals from marginalized or underserved groups, messaging from Athletics around topics of diversity and inclusion, working in conjunction with the Human Resources Manager and the Title IX Officer, and keeping up with and supporting relevant research on the topics of diversity and inclusion within Athletics.

In addition to our four committees, the following groups will have regularly scheduled meetings to facilitate open discussion around a variety of past, current, and future events. These groups are a starting point and other groups will be formed as interest arises.

Student-Athlete Groups
Student-Athletes of Color (SAOC)
Student-Athlete Allies (SAA)
African American Student-Athlete Leadership Council

 

Coach | Staff Groups
Coaches & Staff of Color (CSOC)
Active Coach & Staff Allies (ACSA)

 

By providing structure to the various initiatives mentioned above and to come, Razorback Athletics will have a united and unified front when it comes to addressing issues of equity and equality in our department, on our campus, and within our community.


 

Pillars

Education:
The focus of our educational pillar is towards ongoing conversations and training opportunities for the staff, coaches, and student-athletes.

 

Educational initiatives include, but are not limited to:

  • Quarterly Training Opportunities – Safe Zone Training, Microaggression Awareness Sessions, Implicit/Unconscious Bias Awareness Sessions, Confronting and Combating -Isms, etc.
  • Quarterly Book Club Opportunities – the books will be on a wide range of topics within the diversity and inclusive excellence space.
  • “Speak Up” – a quarterly series of publications and videos around topics of diversity and inclusive excellence (this will include newsletters, video collaborations with our departmental partners).

 

Advocacy:
The focus of our advocacy pillar is on alerting coaches, student-athletes, and staff about ways to get involved in the department, on campus, and around the community when it comes to diversity and inclusive excellence initiatives.

 

Advocacy initiatives include, but are not limited to:

  • Monthly Heritage Celebrations and Focus to celebrate the customs, values, and traditions of different cultures within our department, campus, and community (for example, Black History Month, PRIDE month, Hispanic Heritage Month, etc.).
  • Collaboration with the Multicultural Center on campus around calendars of events.
  • Engaging our departmental teammates program to further advocate for our new teammates as they are welcomed to the department.

 

Action:
The focus of our action pillar is putting into action those educational and advocacy efforts for student-athletes, staff, and coaches.

 

Action initiatives include, but are not limited to:

  • Hogs VERI-fied (Voter Education & Registration Initiative) – focused on educating our student-athletes, staff, and coaches about the process through which they can register to vote.
  • Commitment Signing – this involves the creation of the Hogs UNITED pledge to engage in inclusive practices and actively work towards anti-isms in our department, on our campus, and in our community.
  • Community Partners Designation – working with our outward facing partners to engage our stakeholders to collaborate with Hogs UNITED in terms of inclusive practice and anti-isms.

 

Committees

Programming:
The focus of this committee is to provide the Hogs UNITED group with opportunities for speakers, webinars, video series, etc. focused on diversity and inclusive excellence. This group works closely with other areas of the department whose missions are similar in terms of providing the opportunities. For more information or interest in this committee, please contact Erica Nelson (en006@uark.edu).

 

Messaging:
The focus of this committee is examining the messages within and external to the department while paying attention to diversity and inclusive excellence variables. This group works closely with our website group, RSN, and PR. For more information or interest in this committee, please contact Elvis Moya (ejmoya@uark.edu).

 

Facilities:
The focus of this committee is the examination and evaluation of the departmental spaces to ensure diversity and inclusive excellence are upheld in all buildings and surrounding areas. This group works closely with the messaging group as well as our departmental facilities group. For more information or interest in this committee, please contact Will Roth (Will.Roth@ArkansasSportsProperties.com).

 

Data:
The focus of this committee is the gathering and distribution of information from internal and external sources around demographics and other measures of diversity and inclusive excellence. This group works closely with all our other committees to provide them with the information they need. This group also works closely with the sources of the information needed. For more information or interest in this committee, please contact Karla Horsfall (mhorsfa@uark.edu).


 

Definitions

Diversity – The understanding that everyone is unique and recognizing the individual differences that exist. These differences can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies.

 

Inclusion – Inclusion is involvement and empowerment, where the inherent worth and dignity of all people is recognized, and everyone is made to feel valued as being essential to the success of the team, group, and/or organization.

 

Equity & Equality – Equity is giving everyone what they need to be successful. Equality is treating everyone the same. Equality aims to promote fairness, but it can only work if everyone starts from the same place and needs the same help.

 

Inclusive Excellence – This is intended to be understood as an extension of inclusion – to be excellent at the implementation of inclusive practices. This requires active engagement of student-athletes, coaches, staff, alumni, and community partners.

 

Privilege – The ease with which one moves through a situation or life in general. More definitionally: a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group.

 

Anti-Racism – an active and conscious effort to work against the multidimensional aspects of racism that involves – at its heart – personal accountability and action.


 

Resources

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Books Podcasts Articles
Films Videos Social Media Accounts

Books

TITLEAUTHORFOCUS AREA      
Black Feminist ThoughtPatricia Hill CollinsAnti-racism
Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her SuperpowerDr. Brittney CooperAnti-racism
Heavy: An American MemoirKiese LaymonAnti-racism
How To Be An AntiracistDr. Ibram X. KendiAnti-racism
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya AngelouMaya AngelouAnti-racism
Just Mercy Bryan StevensonBryan StevensonAnti-racism
Me and White SupremacyLayla F. SaadAnti-racism
Raising Our HandsJenna ArnoldAnti-racism
Redefining RealnessJanet MockLGBTQ+/Identity
Sister OutsiderAudre LordeIntersectional
So You Want to Talk About RaceIjeoma OluoAnti-racism
The Bluest EyeToni MorrisonAnti-racism
The Fire Next TimeJames BaldwinAnti-racism
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of ColorblindnessMichelle AlexanderAnti-racism
The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First CenturyGrace Lee BoggsAnti-racism
The Warmth of Other SunsIsabel WilkersonAnti-racism
Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale HurstonZora Neale HurstonAnti-racism
White Like Me Tim WiseAnti-racism
Between the World and MeTa-Nehisi CoatesAnti-racism
Why I am longer talking to White People about RaceReni Eddo-LodgeAnti-racism
White FragilityRobin DiAngeloAnti-racism
Ain't I A WomanBell HooksAnti-racism
Stamped from the BeginningIbram KendiAnti-racism
Remembrances in Black: Personal Perspectives of the African American Experience at the University of Arkansas, 1940s–2000sCharles F. Robinson II & Lonnie R. WilliamsAnti-racism
Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and DoJennifer L. Eberhardt, PhD Anti-racism
Black Families in Therapy: Understanding the African American ExperienceNancy Boyd-FranklinAnti-racism
The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming our Communities Through MindfulnessRhonda V. Magee, Foreword Jon Kabat-ZinnAnti-racism
The Body is Not an ApologySonja Renee TaylorIntersectional
It’s Time to Talk (and Listen): How to have Constructive Conversations about Race, Class, Sexuality, Ability, & Gender in a Polarized World Anastasia S. Kim, PhD & Alicia Del Prado, PhD, Foreword Kevin L. Nadal, PhDAnti-racism
The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing (The Social Justice Series)Anneliese A. Singh, PhD, LPC, Foreword Tim Wise, Afterword Derald Wing Sue, PhDAnti-racism
My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending our Hearts and BodiesResmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, SEPAnti-racism
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhDAnti-racism
The Name JarYangsook ChoiAnti-racism
The Grace of Silence: A Family MemoirMichelle NorrisAnti-racism
March: Book OneJohn Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate PowellAnti-racism
March: Book TwoJohn Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate PowellAnti-racism
March: Book ThreeJohn Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate PowellAnti-racism
The Underground RailroadColson WhiteheadAnti-racism
The Hate U GiveAngie Thomas (Young Adult)Anti-racism
Sing, Unburied, Sing: A NovelJesmyn WardAnti-racism
Thick: And other EssaysTressie McMillan CottonAnti-racism
Pedagogy of the OppressedPaulo FreireAnti-racism
All Our Relations: Finding the Path ForwardTanya TalagaAnti-racism
Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern CityTanya TalagaAnti-racism
Healing the Soul Wound: Trauma-Informed Counseling for Indigenous CommunitiesEduardo Duran (Tiospaye Ta Woapiye Wicasa), Foreword Allen E. IveyAnti-racism
Our Time is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair AmericaStacey AbramsAnti-racism
Bad FeministRoxanne GayAnti-racism
Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement (Mentoring a New Generation of ActivistsBarbara RansbyAnti-racism
When We RiseCleave JonesLGBTQ+/Identity

Podcasts

CHANNEL NAMEPLATFORMSADDITIONAL*All platforms: Apple, Android, Spotify, etc)
1619 (New York Times)All platforms
About RaceAll platforms
Code Switch (NPR)All platforms
Intersectionality Matters! hosted by Kimberlé CrenshawAll platforms
Momentum: A Race Forward PodcastAll platforms
Pod For The Cause (from The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights)All platforms
Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)All platforms
Seeing WhiteAll platforms
Still ProcessingAll platforms
The DailyAll platforms
Good Ancestor Podcast hosted by Layla SaadAll platformsListen
Single Episodes

Articles

TITLEAUTHORWHERE TO FIND IT
“America’s Racial Contract Is Killing Us”Adam SerwerAtlantic (May 8, 2020)
”My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant”Jose Antonio VargasNYT Mag (June 22, 2011)
The 1619 Project (all the articles)Read
The Combahee River Collective StatementVariousRead
“The Intersectionality Wars”Jane CoastonVox (May 28, 2019)
Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus GroupsDr. Craig ElliottRead
”White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”Dr. Peggy McIntoshRead
“Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?”Dr. Ibram X. KendiAtlantic (May 12, 2020)

Films

TITLEWHERE TO STREAM*Streaming available to change*
13th (Ava DuVernay)Netflix
American Son (Kenny Leon) Netflix
Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 Available to rent from Amazon Prime
Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) Available to rent
Dear White People (Justin Simien) Netflix
Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler)Available to rent iTunes, Amazon Prime & Google Play
I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) Netflix
If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) Hulu
Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) Youtube, Google Play, and Amazon
King In The WildernessHBO
See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) Netflix
Selma (Ava DuVernay) Amazon Prime
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution Netflix
The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) Hulu, Google Play & Amazon
When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) Netflix
LA92
The Central Park Five 
Remember the Titans
13th 
To Kill A Mockingird
A Time to Kill 
The Color of Fear 

Videos

TITLEWHERE TO WATCH
Black Feminism & the Movement for Black Lives: Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett, Charlene Carruthers (50:48)Watch
"How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion" | Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools (18:26)Watch
The urgency of intersectionality (18:49)Watch

Social Media

NAMEINSTAGRAMTWITTER       
Carlos Whitakerloswhitloswhit
Antiracism CenterantiracismctrAntiracismCtr
Audre Lorde Projectaudrelordprojectaudrelorde
Black Women’s BlueprintBlackWomensBP
Color Of ChangeColorOfChangeColorOfChange
ColorlinesColorLines
The Conscious KidTheConsciousKidConsciousKidLib
Equal Justice Initiative (EJI)EJI_orgEJI_org
Families Belong Togetherfams2getherfams2gether
The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rightscivilrightsorgcivilrightsorg
MPowerChangempowerchangeMpower_change
Muslim Girlmuslimgirlmuslimgirl
NAACPNAACPNAACP
National Domestic Workers Alliancedomesticworkersdomesticworkers
RAICES
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)ShowingUpForRacialJusticeShowUp4RJ
SisterSongsistersong_wocSisterSong_Woc
United We DreamUnitedWeDreamUnitedWeDream
The Queer Counselorthe_queer_counselor
Sonya Renee TaylorSonyaReneeTaylor
Unapologetic BodyRadicalBodyLove

Contact Us


Feel free to contact our group through our Chair, Chris Bader (cbader@uark.edu).