Diverse Settlers Working to Make NWA More Inclusive


People joined together to speak on diversity moving into our area.

The Latin-x group in Northwest Arkansas is working to make our area more inclusive.

A panel of Latino members from our community spoke with many at the Shiloh Museum of the Ozarks who have joined Northwest Arkansas, sharing stories about how they were able to open up the door for more diversity in the region.

“Its a way to bring the community united,” Leticia Cortez said.

Many like Cortez have made their way to Northwest Arkansas, benefiting from events like the diverse settlers Latin-x selected stories.

“There are different cultures coming into our area that are not really knowing how to adapt,” Cortez said.

Those behind the event like Margaret Clark said these types of conversations matter as many continue to call our corner of the state their home. 

“Our community is one that is diverse and it should be that what we do is beneficial for all of the people that we have,” Margaret Clark, Chair of Diverse Settlers Committee said.

Guests in attendance listened to Latino speakers from our area share their stories, giving insight on their experiences, helping many like Cortez put her mind at ease.

“I wasn’t from this area, I moved from California. But now I consider this area home because they have welcomed me in, and they have said there is a place for you here,” Cortez said.

“They contribute and we therefore have a community that is formed of people from everywhere,” Clark said.

According to the United State Census Bureau, nearly 8% of  Arkansas’s population is made up by Latinos and continues to grow every year.

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