'Not Here, Not Now, Not Ever!' event slated for 7 p.m. Monday

UNL will launch a campaign on Monday, Nov. 25, to reject intolerance while promoting a campus-wide culture of respect.

The campaign – “Not Here, Not Now, Not Ever!” – will officially kick off at 7 p.m. at the Centennial Ballroom of the Nebraska Union with comments from Chancellor Harvey Perlman, ASUN president Eric Reznicek and other campus leaders.

The event is free and open to all UNL students, faculty and staff.

The aim of the campaign, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Juan Franco said, is to unite the campus community in awareness to issues of diversity and to solidify UNL’s strong culture of tolerance and respect. Over the next several months, campaign organizers will bring together special events, forums and other activities.

In the past week, UNL has experienced a pair of racially insensitive incidents. The first occurred during a Nov. 13 student government meeting, when a member of the student government made repeated racial slurs as part of a debate on a resolution on how to treat offensive speech during its proceedings. And this week, a racial epithet was written in large chalked letters on a campus sidewalk.

- Written by Steve Smith (University Communications) with contributions by Christopher Dulak (Student Affairs).