Inclusive Excellence

All are welcome

Inclusive Excellence

At Nebraska Business, we believe in the power of every person. This belief is at the core of everything we do and is at the center of our commitment to fostering a more inclusive community. In fact, one of our core guiding principles is Be Inclusive.

Getting Involved Inclusive Excellence Gathering Space
Advisory Board FAQ Resources

OUR GOALS

To guide our efforts, the college works to realize the following diversity and inclusion goals:

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Enhance diversity, particularly under-represented minorities and women, among students, faculty and staff.

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Enhance diversity, particularly under-represented minorities and women, among students, faculty and staff.

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Foster the development of diversity and inclusion skills, including those of inclusive leadership and cultural awareness, for students, faculty and staff with a desired outcome of greater inclusion and retention.

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Foster the development of diversity and inclusion skills, including those of inclusive leadership and cultural awareness, for students, faculty and staff with a desired outcome of greater inclusion and retention.

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Ensure equity in all systems and processes (including recruitment, promotions, resource allocation and decision-making). Focus on ensuring all messaging and physical space foster inclusion and a sense of belonging to the entire College of Business community.

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Ensure equity in all systems and processes (including recruitment, promotions, resource allocation and decision-making). Focus on ensuring all messaging and physical space foster inclusion and a sense of belonging to the entire College of Business community.

What is Inclusive Excellence?

Nebraska is committed to cultivating an inclusive excellence mindset. We believe in fully embracing diversity in all forms seen and unseen, making inclusion a top priority, promoting equity across our policies and practices, and ultimately ensuring that excellence is inclusive. To accomplish this, we recognize the importance of understanding exactly what we mean by inclusive excellence.

Inclusive excellence builds on the notions of diversity, inclusion and equity.

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Getting Involved

Our commitment to a better future and to diversity and inclusion involves all of us. Real change starts with looking inward and then reaching out. Participation and feedback from all of the College of Business will be crucial to advance these efforts to make our college stronger and our graduates the business leaders the world needs.

Together we will lead the future of business.

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You can get involved or connect with any of the following business-related recognized student organizations: Business International Student Association, Multicultural Business Student Association, National Association for Black Accountants (NABA), Pride in Business and Undergraduate Women in Business.

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We also encourage you to also participate in the university's #NCLUDE, a community for students, faculty, staff and alumni to engage in candid conversations and partake in educational opportunities surrounding the importance and awareness, and submit your My Husker Action that helps eradicate systemic racism, injustice and inequality.

My Husker Action

Inclusive Excellence Gathering Space

Located in HLH 102 just off the Welcome Center, the Inclusive Excellence Gathering Space serves as your hub for conversation, inclusive programs and gatherings to create a college community filled with people who feel they belong. This space will evolve and grow to maximize connections and explore our guiding principle, Be Inclusive. You can co-create the experience by suggesting a program or topic to explore and participating in events and discussions held in the space.

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Inclusive Excellence Advisory Board

An Inclusive Excellence Advisory Board of faculty, staff, students and alumni assist with formalizing our initiatives and priorities, establishing and tracking goals and ensuring action and achievement.

Rik Barrera
Rik Barrera
Mark Barrera
Mark Barrera
Dr. Gwendolyn Combs
Dr. Gwendolyn Combs
Olivia DeRusse
Olivia DeRusse
Kayla Huthoefer Nelson
Kayla Huthoefer Nelson
Dr. Ling Lin Harris
Dr. Ling Lin Harris
Dr. Kasey Linde
Dr. Kasey Linde
Dr. Andre Maciel
Dr. Andre Maciel
Elijah Merritt
Elijah Merritt
Edgar Montoya
Edgar Montoya
Tyrell Ross
Tyrell Ross
Mikki Sandin
Mikki Sandin
Kimberly Smith
Kimberly Smith
Augusta Tanner
Augusta Tanner

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are you partnering with to make the college's diversity and inclusion goals realized?

It takes all of us to create a community where all feel welcome and like they belong. We need your help and participation to do this!

We partner with the UNL Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Associate Dean of Inclusion Rik Barrera serves on the university's Council on Inclusive Excellence to help expand the impact of campus efforts within the College of Business. This way the college complements campus initiatives without duplicating programs.

We partner with the Office of Academic Services and Intercultural Services (OASIS) for planning and programming collaborations. They are excited about the college's Inclusive Excellence Gathering Space so that conversations normally held at the Gaughan Center will spread across campus to engage more people and in different ways.

We partner with the LGBTQ+ Resource Center for programming collaborations. They are excited about the college's efforts to develop a more welcoming and inclusive campus community.

We also will work with our alumni and business partners to further the work of diversity and inclusion through offering professional development training, career services and partnerships.

How do you serve on the college's Inclusive Excellence Advisory Board?

The inaugural members of the board formed in the fall of 2020. The board consists of three students, two faculty, two staff, two alumni/business partners and four permanent members whose role at the college includes work in this space, such as the Associate Dean of Inclusion.

There will be other opportunities in the future to be selected as the board members complete their service terms. We will advertise the call for nominations to the board on this webpage and in college communications and social media. In the meantime, we would love your participation in and support of the programs and initiatives discussed by this board and held at the College of Business.

When is the Inclusive Excellence Gathering Space open?

The Inclusive Excellence Gathering Space is open during current building hours: Mondays-Thursdays 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. and Fridays 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

How can I share my ideas for a program or event at the College of Business?

We'd love to hear your ideas and feedback! Our community gets to co-create the Inclusive Excellence Gathering Space by sharing ideas for conversation and programs.

Feedback Form Coming Soon

How do I report an incident?

The University of Nebraska's incident reporting, or TIPS, system is an online tool for reporting campus incidents or positive acts of kindness. It is available through a link in the footer of every university webpage.

How can I stay updated on the college's progress toward these goals?

You can subscribe to the college's monthly newsletter, Inside Nebraska Business. In this newsletter, each month Dean Kathy Farrell shares top level college updates, including the college's diversity and inclusion efforts.

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Resources

Racial Equity Resources

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion requires each of us to continuously ensure our interactions be respectful, protect free speech and inspire academic freedom.
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Accessibility Resources

In addition to the services already provided within the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities, this page includes other resources and information to assist students, staff and faculty.
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Student Resources

All students should have the opportunity to learn in an environment that appreciates the differences in one another, where they are an equal among their university community.
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Faculty-Staff Resources

We seek to achieve a working and learning environment that is open to all people. Dignity and respect for all in the university community is the responsibility of each person who works and studies here.
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Community / State / Federal Resources

This page has several resources for the Lincoln area including Culture & Support, Lincoln Area Agency on Aging and Lincoln Commission on Human Rights. It also has resources at the State and Federal levels.
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Contact

Barrera, Rik
Associate Dean of Student Services, Inclusion, and Chief Operating Officer
HLH 301 J
Sandin, Mikki
International Business and Inclusion Coordinator
HLH 102B