The University of Central Arkansas is hosting a conversation forum at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at UCA Downtown.

UCA’s Division of Outreach and Community Engagement, the Office of Institutional Diversity, Center for Leadership Development and the Office of University Training have planned the event titled, "Conway Conversations," which encourages residents from the community to come together to identify issues and concerns as well as participate in a dialogue with one another.

Lesley Graybeal, the service-learning program coordinator for UCA’s Division of Outreach and Community Engagement, said the university held an event in November called "Civility Circles: A Conversation on Current Issues."

"While the event was open format, the discussion focused primarily on students voicing concerns and sharing experiences related to diversity on campus," she said.

Graybeal said the multiple university divisions are collaborating to plan the event as a way to extend that conversation from UCA into the Conway community.

"We hope that by utilizing training resources from the university and bringing students and community members together, we will be able to create a space for all participants to learn more about how their neighbors experience the Conway community and appreciate the perspective of others," she said.

Vice President of Institutional Diversity Angela Webster will moderate the discussion. Students who are trained by UCA’s Center For Leadership Diversity will also help facilitate the meeting.

To RSVP to the event, which is free and open to the public, visit