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University of Nebraska Omaha

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
6001 Dodge Street
Eppley Administration Building, Room 111
Omaha, Nebraska 68182
Phone
(402) 554-2393
School Information
"Since its inception in 1908, the University of Nebraska Omaha has been firmly anchored in the community, forging partnerships with business, education, government, arts and civic organizations. UNO has long set the pace for accessible higher education in Nebraska and continues to offer an academically rigorous experience to a diverse student body" (Source: https://www.unomaha.edu/strategic-planning/plan/index.php). UN Omaha offers over 200 majors and programs and hosts an undergraduate student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1 as well as a graduate student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. There are over 15,000 students enrolled including over 3,000 graduate students enrolled. The school has over 2,000 faculty members.
General Information
UNO offers several courses that incorporate the concepts of race and racism. In addition, UNO provides an Equity and Inclusion Certificate in addition to numerous other events and programs relating to diversity. One such event welcomed Ibram X. Kendi, the author of "How to Be an Anti-Racist." UNO provides financial incentives for DEI training for faculty and staff. No mandatory Critical Race Training is yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • UNO's Center for Faculty Excellence "offers a variety of workshops and other professional development activities addressing topics relating to diversity, equity, access and inclusion."
  • UNO's Academic Advising Council has a DEI committee which "plans DEI programming for AAC meetings" and "coordinates DEI training opportunities for advisors."
  • As part of the 2022-2023 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives, UNO will [r]evise and refresh both faculty search and recruitment guidelines, training, and resources to facilitate more equitable and inclusive faculty search processes resulting in a more diverse faculty body."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • As part of its general education requirements, UNO states that "[d]iversity requirements comprise six hours of the general education requirements" and that in order to "fulfill the diversity requirements, students must complete coursework in: U.S. Diversity" and "Global Diversity."
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • The Department of Sociology and Anthropology released a BLM statement.
Program and Research Funding
  • Faculty and staff who participate in DEI workshops are given funding. These workshops include the Microaggressions Awareness Training, Equity Institute Workshop Series, Faculty Search Training, and many other events and programs.
  • UNO's Political Science program offers a Race, Ethnicity, and Gender Politics concentration.
  • As part of the 2022-2023 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives at UNO, the Federal Work-Study Student Researcher Program "aims to expand student research opportunities by funding work-study eligible students to work on faculty members' research and/or creative activities" and is "intended to promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in research activities."
Re-Imagining Policing
  • As part of the 2022-2023 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives, UNO's Department of Public Safety states the following: "Our efforts with students is to educate them on possible career opportunites [sic] and to offer advice and tips on staying safe on and off campus. We want to continue to increase our diversity efforts in our hiring of students, CSO and Officers."
Resources
  • UNO offers an Equity and Inclusion Certificate.
  • UNO offers a Minority Mentorship Program.
  • The Goldstein Center for Human Rights provides resources for anti-racism.
  • On March 3, 2021, UNO announced that, "A University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) professor, the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska, and local teachers are teaming up to bring anti-racist theories and practices to Omaha-area classrooms."
  • UNO's Criss Library offers anti-oppression resources which includes Ibram X. Kendi's "How to Be an Anti-Racist."
  • UNO has an Office of Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion.
  • UNO states that, "The Office of Academic Affairs is committed to fostering a culture of inclusive excellence at UNO." The Office of Academic Affairs offers numerous programs for this purpose.
  • The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences has a Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion Committee which offers numerous programs for DEI.
  • UNO's College of Public Affairs and Community Service offers resources for DEI.
  • On February 10, 2020, UNO announced that the Office of Multicultural Affairs held an event hosting Ibram X. Kendi, author of "How to Be an Anti-Racist."
  • On June 9, 2022, UNO's Department of Religious Studies and the Tri-Faith Initiative launched the first annual “Race, Religion, and Social Justice” conference. The conference's core objectives are to "advance interdisciplinary knowledge focused on the intersections of race, religion, and social justice," and "promote racial and religious equity, justice, and inclusion in society."
  • UNO's College of Arts and Sciences posted an article published by the National Association of School Psychologists titled "The Importance of Addressing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Schools: Dispelling Myths About Critical Race Theory," which reads in part, "The growing politicization of these issues has manifested in the demonization and purposeful misrepresentation of Critical Race Theory (CRT) and other well-established policies and practices in schools, such as social– emotional instruction and the implementation of culturally responsive practices."
  • Each of UNO's six college have a "Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion council that strives to ensure all students are welcome on campus."
Symbolic Actions
  • The School of Public Administration released a statement outlining its "commitment to anti-racism."
  • UNO highlighted a College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences professor who authored a novel on anti-bias.
  • UNO's College of Business Administration released a statement saying, "The pursuit of diversity, equity, inclusivity is crucial to the current and future success of the College of Business Administration. Therefore, we vow to create a culture of inclusivity; to attract and retain a more diverse faculty, staff, and student body; and to address diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion through our policies and procedures, while championing these initiatives on the UNO campus and within the Greater Omaha area." UNO's CBA also offers DEI resources.
  • The College of Arts and Sciences released a Statement on DEI.
  • On June 4, 2020, the Office of Multicultural Affairs released a statement responding to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and James Scurlock.
  • UNO's Department of Black Studies (College of Arts and Sciences) states that it "will continue to fight the persistent racism, injustice, and violence facing Black Americans, and we will continue to say the names of those who have had their lives unjustly taken."
Last updated February 9th, 2024
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