The Center on Community Philanthropy at the Clinton School of Public Service has created “Equity Talks,” a series of short informal conversations with local community leaders sharing different perspectives on equity throughout Arkansas.
A recent interview of the series is with State Representative Vivian Flowers, a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for District 17 and graduate of the Clinton School of Public Service.
“I think that equity is something that is always a challenge,” Flowers said. “First of all, (it’s a challenge) for people to even understand and to care about, and secondly, how to resolve those issues.”
Flowers is serving her third term in the Arkansas House and is the chair of the Legislative Black Caucus. For the 92nd General Assembly, Rep. Flowers served on the Joint Committee for Advanced Communications and Information Technology, the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee, the House Public Transportation Committee, and the House Agriculture, Forestry & Economic Development Committee.
“Equity is important in any space because humanity, fairness, justice, love, all of those things that make life worth living, that give us purpose, are defined by the absence of inequity,” Flowers said.
In addition to her Master of Public Service, Flowers earned a degree in political science and professional and technical writing from UA Little Rock.
The Clinton School Speaker Series not only enhances the education of Clinton School students, but also provides a venue for the public to engage in intellectual discussions on the issues of the day.