“The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Committee of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln condemns racism and all forms of bigotry. Despite our best efforts, instances and attitudes of these behaviors occur on our campus and may continue to occur. We strive for inclusive classrooms, an inclusive college, and an inclusive community in which all students, staff, and faculty have a voice. One of the great challenges of an inclusive and diverse community arises when one or more of these voices challenges the core of those beliefs in diversity. Our response must include engaged dialogue that fosters equity and access while embracing freedom of speech. Our classrooms, college, and community must be physically safe environments in which we can all take every opportunity to be curious, to think, and to learn.”
I encourage all of you to talk with your faculty members, advisors, and trusted university staff if you feel unsafe. Do not hesitate to contact campus police (402)472-2222 if you sense an immediate threat or if you observe behavior you see as concerning. Take advantage of support services on campus if you are struggling with anything, and particularly if you are having trouble with the current tensions on campus (see the information on these resources in this newsletter). There are opportunities to come together and talk about these issues here on campus. See the information in this newsletter on Dish It Up in the Oasis Center every Tuesday 12-1. Want to get more involved? Check out the information in this newsletter on the Oasis Leadership Program: Diversity and Advocacy in Action.
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