Will Hehemann | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences
Dr. Pamela Moore, associate dean for global engagement, Office of International Programs at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, recently graduated from the Delta Leadership Institute (DLI) Executive Academy. The year-long training program brings together business and community leaders from each of the eight states of the Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt regions.
Forty-eight participants graduated from the leadership development experience, which emphasizes regional approaches to growing local economies and creating opportunities for the people of the Delta region. The program focuses on major issue areas important to the economic growth of the Delta region such as small business and entrepreneurship development, education and workforce training, public policy and governance, infrastructure and public health.
“This year-long experience was a great opportunity to reflect upon the development context in the Lower Mississippi Delta region in comparison with similar contexts in which we are engaged through UAPB’s Global River Basin Initiative,” Dr. Moore said. “Through this initiative, we are currently working with small farmers and rural communities in the Niger River Basin in West Africa. We hope to expand program activities to other river basins in Africa and China during the upcoming year.”
Dr. Moore was one of ten DLI graduates from Arkansas. Graduates were nominated by their state governor to participate in the program that included six sessions in Delta communities and Washington, D.C.
“Here in Arkansas, the statistics are clear,” Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said in a statement. “Nine of the state’s ten most impoverished counties are in the Delta. This is a telling sign that must be addressed. Working to create opportunity in the Delta is vital to our health as a state, a region, and a nation. I applaud the Delta Leadership Institute for preparing these future leaders to tackle the issues facing their local communities. These are the kinds of programs we need to revive a region of paramount importance to our state.”