LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - UALR presented its tenth year of race research data Thursday. UALR Chancellor Joel Anderson said data shows there is a wide-spread perception between African-Americans and Caucasians.
Anderson said African-Americans felt discrimination when asked about education, employment, and housing.
"I went ahead and got scholarships. I was able to come to college. I'm able to get internships now. I feel like have the upper hand over a lot of other people," said Taylor Sills, a UALR Student.
Sill's parents made the decision to send their daughter to a majority white school in Jonesboro years ago.
"I had certain teachers that I know would look at me different because I was African-American," said Sills.
Despite what she calls discrimination, her schooling paid off and put her on a path for a bright future at UALR. The university released findings of a 2012 racial attitudes survey on Wednesday and found that blacks are the group least likely to believe that people generally act unselfishly.
"Experiences in education and housing and employment...there's quite a difference in perceptions. Significant numbers of African-Americans having experienced discrimination in those areas," said UALR Chancellor, Dr. Joel Anderson.
Anderson explained while some areas in the study appear discouraging overall race perception is improving in Pulaski County.
"There is a widespread perception among African-Americans and whites that race relations are good in our county," said Anderson.
Hispanics, according to the report, have a hard time trusting law enforcement and the justice system. UALR student Ricardo Alvarez sees the issue, but believes trust will build over time.
"I know a lot of people get scared of being deported, such things like that, which right now I see that changing with the government. Their trying to some sort of amnesty for Hispanics to get papers," said Alvarez.
Sills hopes starting an open conversation will cause positive change, especially in public education.
"Make sure everyone gets it. A black student doesn't have something, don't let them move on," said Sills.