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Nebraska Wesleyan University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
5000 Saint Paul Avenue
Admissions Office, Smith-Curtis 207
Lincoln, Nebraska 68504
(402) 465-2218
School Information
"For more than 130 years, Nebraska Wesleyan University has been a destination for scholars across Nebraska and the globe seeking academic excellence in education and experiential learning. Come along with us as we take a journey through the years in pictures" (Source: NWU has a student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1 and hosts 2,100 students.
General Information
NWU offers a Diversity Award to students, faculty, and staff who engage in diversity projects or initiatives. An anti-racism workshop is offered. NWU also created the Wolf Fund for Diversity Education, which can go towards anti-racism training if a member of the campus community creates it, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion offers numerous programs relating to anti-racism. At this time, no mandatory Critical Race Training is required. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
Disciplinary Measures
  • NWU has a Bias Education Response Team and described how to report "incidents of bias and hate".
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Committee works towards ensuring the school has an "inclusive pedagogy," "cultural competency development," and "recruitment and retention of Diverse Groups."
Program and Research Funding
  • The university offers awards to students, faculty, and staff who engage in projects and achievements related to DEI.
  • NWU created the Wolf Fund for Diversity Education which goes towards a "diversity and inclusion project" for students or faculty.
  • On August 24, 2021, the university announced its symposium series on "breaking down boundaries of race, class, and the environment."
  • The Office of Diversity and Inclusion offers programs, events, and a campaign for anti-racism.
  • The Intersectionality Resource Center "provides students a meeting place, resources on intersecting identities and training opportunities."
  • On November 13, 2008, NWU hosted a lecture titled "The Audacity of Truth: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama."
  • The Intersectional Resource Center offers a list of anti-racist books to read, and linked community resources such as the ethnic and cultural centers at Nebraska Wesleyan.
  • NWU has Diversity and Inclusion program called Prairie Wolf Civil Discourse, which is a collaboration between the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Communication Studies Department that seeks to "provide space to have healthy discourse on topics from a range of viewpoints."
  • NWU has a Belonging Survey for the campus community. Questions focus on how current practices "foster or inhibit belonging, and how existing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts are succeeding or failing."
  • NWU has several diversity awards. The Advocate for Diversity Award honors students, staff, and faculty members who raise awareness about a need, problem, or opportunity regarding issues of diversity and inclusion on campus. The Mary Butler Award acknowledges a junior or senior in good academic standing who identifies as a student of color.
Symbolic Actions
  • On June 1, 2020, the school released a statement saying, "I feel moved to convey to you personally and as President of Nebraska Wesleyan University my condemnation of the actions of the four Minneapolis police officers who senselessly and needlessly ended the life of George Floyd. This is yet another racist act of violence that has highlighted the deep-seated fears that exist in the Black community. As we have all been witnessing, this has been a tipping point igniting protests and calls for action."
  • NWU's "Strategic Plan" for 2022 and beyond involves promoting its "authentic devotion to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion."
Last updated January 24th, 2024
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