Matt Waller to receive award for work to help underserved

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Matt Waller, dean of the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, will receive the Whitney M. Young Award for his work to improve the lives of underserved Arkansans. The award will be presented Dec. 5 at a luncheon hosted by the Urban League of the State of Arkansas at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock.

“It is quite an honor for me to be recognized by the Urban League,” Waller said. “An integral part of the Walton College mission is to serve all Arkansans, something I take seriously. To aid us in our mission, Walton College leans on our Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the oldest diversity office of any (Southeastern Conference) business college. We also provide scholarships and academic support resources to assist and retain students. This support is important to our school, industry and state.”

The luncheon is chaired by Lottie Shackelford, former mayor of Little Rock, and has recognized the contributions of those who help provide equal opportunities for all Arkansans. Waller was selected for the honor because of his commitment to diversity and inclusion at the Walton College and within the state. Annie Abrams, a longtime civil rights activist, will also be recognized at the event.

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