Diversity & Inclusion

Our College Community strives for excellence in all that we do. True excellence requires that each individual be able to work and learn in an atmosphere of respect, dignity, and acceptance. CASNR lives out our commitment for inclusive excellence through our core values of listening, learning, doing, and reflecting.

It is important that we engage in the moment and continuously renew our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a college community, we have a collective responsibility to ensure that every person and every interaction matters, which will require both short-term programs and initiatives as well as a long-term commitment to organizational change that reflects our core values.

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Fall 2021

CASNR Annual Meeting

The theme for this year’s annual meeting was pursuing diversity and inclusion. We are committed to growing an inclusive CASNR ecosystem and providing every member of our community with a safe environment where they feel welcomed, valued, respected, and have the support to grow, thrive and reach their full potential. It is important that as a College we live out our commitment for inclusive excellence through our core values of listening, learning, and doing TOGETHER.

Here is a listing of the DEI initiatives highlighted and a link to the PPT slides.

  • CASNR Connect – a unique mentorship program that connects first-generation students with Alumni, Faculty, and Staff in small groups. Each small group includes a CASNR alum, faculty, or staff member, and 2-3 first-generation students.
  • Change Makers
  • Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences – newly established chapter of the national MANRRS organization on campus!
  • CASNR Emerging Leaders in Diversity - new program for students who are passionate about diversity, equity, inclusion, and leadership, and who want to grow, challenge, and empower themselves.
  • Cultivate Access
  • Husker Pantry
  • Discover Days
  • DEI Teaching and Learning Committee – provided leadership for the Urgency of Inclusive Classrooms Discussion Series
  • JEDI Digital Badge - This badge explores aspects of cultural awareness, openness, and identity that are foundational to concepts of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI).
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The Importance of Diversity and Inclusion for Successful Recruitment and Retention

Monday, September 27, 2021
East Campus Union and Zoom

  • 9:30 - 10:30 am: Seminar open to all IANR/CASNR faculty, staff, and students
  • 10:30 - 11:30 am: Roundtable discussion with current IANR/CASNR Graduate and Professional Students, Postdoctoral Scholars
Dr. Zelia Z. Wiley

Dr. Zelia Z. Wiley

Assistant Dean and Director, Diversity Programs Office, College of Agriculture

Dr. Zelia Wiley is a native Texan who works at Kansas State University. She is an Assistant Dean for Diversity in the College of Agriculture and KSRE (K-State Research and Extension). In her current role, she provides leadership in the area of inclusion and diversity for faculty, staff and students. She is the chief diversity officer for KSRE and the College with 25+ years’ experience in the work of inclusion and diversity. She is a certified IDI Administrator, as well as the KSRE Diversity Coach. Her presentation topics include Diversity in Agriculture, Food and Natural Sciences, Micro aggressions and implicit biases, and Exploring Multicultural Views, Cultural Competency, as well as, Diversity in the Workplace. Dr. Wiley holds a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Agricultural Education, Economics and Human Resources from Prairie View A&M University (TX) and completed her Ph.D. at the Pennsylvania State University in Agriculture and Extension Education. She is a 30+ member of the National Society of MANRRS, advisor to the K-State MANRRS chapter and has charted two MANRRS chapters; (1) University of Kentucky (1996) and Kansas State University (2003). She is currently the Graduate Chapter President for Alpha kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Graduate Advisor to Kappa Pi Chapter, 2017-19 MANRRS Legend and a member of the 2019 national MANRRS conference planning team.

This past fall semester, CASNR provided opportunities for listening, learning, doing, and reflecting. A few examples of this included:

  • The Cultivate Access Team hosted a workshop on Why Does it Matter and What is our Role? There were over 80 students, staff and faculty that participated in the session. There have also been a number of opportunities for listening, learning, doing and reflecting organized by our academic units.
  • IANR graduate students led the development of a Digital Badge on diversity and inclusion.
  • We are in the final approval stage for the establishment of a MANRRS chapter on campus.
  • Created a series of Communities of Practice – Drs. Gina Matkin and Helen Fagan led the Community on Difficult Conversations and hosted a breakout session at our CASNR Teaching and Learning Workshop in December.
  • Dr. Andrea Basche offered a new mini-session course on Exploring the Culture of Agriculture for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Established the first-generation mentoring program, which connects first-gen CASNR students with alums and resources in the College and at UNL to support their success.
  • Partnered with the Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services (OASIS) and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to expand OASIS presence on East Campus.

We have also been working with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, IANR, Colleges of Dentistry, Education and Human Sciences and Law to explore partnership opportunities for advancing our shared goals and strategies for expanding inclusive excellence programming and presence on East Campus.

As we kick-off the Spring Semester, we will be providing the following opportunities for listening, learning, doing and reflecting:

  • Discussion facilitated by Dr. Karen Kassebaum on “Who Am I? How Am I Diverse? What Makes Me Diverse?”
  • A series of workshops offered through the Racial Equity Institute for our IANR Community.
  • CASNR Student Advisory Board will lead a series of student listening sessions on inclusive excellence.
  • Launching the Belonging and Inclusive Excellence Council, which is comprised of undergraduate, graduate and professional students, staff, and faculty. In partnership with the students, staff, and faculty representing our 12 academic units, the Council will provide leadership for the following:
    • Phase 1: Development of CASNR’s belonging and inclusive excellence framework that aligns with IANR and UNL’s goals and initiatives. This will include listening sessions to ensure all CASNR Community members have the opportunity to help co-create.
    • Phase 2: Identify strategies to achieve our shared goals and objectives
    • Phase 3: Implement strategies and programming to advance CASNR’s belonging and inclusive excellence framework, goals and objectives.
    • Phase 4: Assessment and continuous improvement

We hope that you will continue to partner with us to develop a roadmap to a more inclusive CASNR/IANR Community. Together, we will listen, learn, do, reflect, and work together to create an environment where everyone thrives and grows, where everyone is valued, and where everyone feels safe.

New Minor Available from the UNL Institute for Ethnic Studies--Racial Justice, Equity, and Inclusion

A new minor in Racial Justice, Equity, and Inclusion will be available for students to declare in Fall 2021. The credential will help prepare UNL students from all backgrounds and in any field to understand the crucial issues and succeed in a diverse global workforce.

Contact our Academic Advisors

Tom Gannon
tgannon2@unl.edu

Sarah Feit
sfeit2@unl.edu

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Previous Activities

Summer 2021

The Urgency of Inclusive Classrooms: A 6-Week Discussion Series

The Difficult Conversations CASNR Community of Practice, the CASNR Teaching and Learning Improvement Council (TLIC), and the CASNR Dean’s office have come together to create a 6-week summer discussion series (held via Zoom) around inclusive classrooms in our College. We have a shared goal of creating more space for professional development and dialogue around inclusive classrooms -- those where all students feel welcome, respected, and able to bring their whole selves to the learning environment. This includes interrogating the classroom climate, navigating potential conflict, and challenging topics, expanding content to include more diverse perspectives, and more. The weekly sessions will include presentations, discussions, and story sharing, as well as pre- and post- session reflection questions. Everyone is welcome to join these sessions - students, faculty, staff, and advisors - whatever your “classroom” may look like.

The summer session is intended to be a start of more conversations carrying into the new academic year and will be included in a forthcoming digital badge offering for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

All sessions will be held on Thursdays at noon (12:00 pm), June 17 - July 22, via Zoom. To register for the sessions, visit go.unl.edu/casnrtlic.

  • June 17: Introduction to the urgency of inclusive classrooms
  • June 24: The dynamics of classroom culture
  • July 1: Inclusive classroom strategies and topics for online & in-person learning
  • July 8: Supporting inclusive group work
  • July 15: Stories of success - a panel presentation
  • July 22: What now? Self and group reflection

For questions or accommodations, please contact Andrea Basche at abasche2@unl.eduor Kate Brooks at kbrooks4@unl.edu.

Spring 2021

Our College Community strives for excellence in all that we do. True excellence requires that each individual be able to work and learn in an atmosphere of respect, dignity, and acceptance. CASNR lives out our commitment for inclusive excellence through our core values of listening, learning, doing, and reflecting.

It is important that we engage in the moment and continuously renew our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a college community, we have a collective responsibility to ensure that every person and every interaction matters, which will require both short-term programs and initiatives as well as a long-term commitment to organizational change that reflects our core values.

This past fall semester, CASNR provided opportunities for listening, learning, doing, and reflecting. A few examples of this included:

  • The Cultivate Access Team hosted a workshop on Why Does it Matter and What is our Role? There were over 80 students, staff and faculty that participated in the session. There have also been a number of opportunities for listening, learning, doing and reflecting organized by our academic units.
  • IANR graduate students led the development of a Digital Badge on diversity and inclusion.
  • We are in the final approval stage for the establishment of a MANRRS chapter on campus.
  • Created a series of Communities of Practice – Drs. Gina Matkin and Helen Fagan led the Community on Difficult Conversations and hosted a breakout session at our CASNR Teaching and Learning Workshop in December.
  • Dr. Andrea Basche offered a new mini-session course on Exploring the Culture of Agriculture for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Established the first-generation mentoring program, which connects first-gen CASNR students with alums and resources in the College and at UNL to support their success.
  • Partnered with the Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services (OASIS) and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to expand OASIS presence on East Campus.

We have also been working with the Office of Diveristy and Inclusioin, IANR, Colleges of Dentistry, Education and Human Sciences and Law to explore partnership opportunities for advancing our shared goals and strategies for expanding inclusive excellence programming and presence on East Campus.

As we kick-off the Spring Semester, we will be providing the following opportunities for listening, learning, doing and reflecting:

  • Discussion facilitated by Dr. Karen Kassebaum on “Who Am I? How Am I Diverse? What Makes Me Diverse?”
  • A series of workshops offered through the Racial Equity Institute for our IANR Community.
  • CASNR Student Advisory Board will lead a series of student listening sessions on inclusive excellence.
  • Launching the Belonging and Inclusive Excellence Council, which is comprised of undergraduate, graduate and professional students, staff, and faculty. In partnership with the students, staff, and faculty representing our 12 academic units, the Council will provide leadership for the following:
    • Phase 1: Development of CASNR’s belonging and inclusive excellence framework that aligns with IANR and UNL’s goals and initiatives. This will include listening sessions to ensure all CASNR Community members have the opportunity to help co-create.
    • Phase 2: Identify strategies to achieve our shared goals and objectives
    • Phase 3: Implement strategies and programming to advance CASNR’s belonging and inclusive excellence framework, goals and objectives.
    • Phase 4: Assessment and continuous improvement
Fall 2020

CASNR/IANR

  • CASNR Conversations hosted by CASNR Student Advisory Board: Open to all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students (TBD)
  • Workshops on Diversity and Inclusion
    • Hosted by CASNR for all:
      • Diversity in Ag and Natural Resources – “Why it Matters?” Presented by Cultivate ACCESS, November 5
        • CASNR and UNL’s Cultivate ACCESS team invites all students, staff, and faculty to join us for this interactive webinar on Thursday, November 5th at Noon to explore issues of Diversity in Agriculture and Natural Resources. Please register at https://go.unl.edu/casnrdiverse by October 30th.
      • Discussion: “Who Am I? How Am I Diverse? What Makes Me Diverse?” Facilitated by Dr. Karen Kassebaum (TBD)
    • Hosted by Office of Graduate Studies:
      • “Inclusive Teaching: Classroom Management”
        TBD/Week of October 19| 12 – 1 PM CT
  • Mini Session Courses on Diversity and Inclusion:
    • “Exploring the Culture of Agriculture” – AGRO 496/896 section 101
    • “Global Themes on Race and Culture in the 21st Century” – ANTH 292 section 101
    • “Black Architects in the United States” – ARCH 497/897 section 100
    • “How to Be Anti-Racist” – ETHN 198 section 100
    • “Music, Protests, and Social Justice in Africa and the World” – HIST 298 section 100
    • “Analyzing Racial and Ethnic Inequalities in Health” – SOCI 391 section 100
    • “Black Theatre and Social Justice” – THEA 398 section 100
  • Community of Practice on Difficult Conversations: Helen Fagan and Gina Matkin
    • One of the CASNR instructor led communities to enhance teaching and learning experiences.
  • SNR Book Club: “Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors” by Carolyn Finney
    • The School of Natural Resources is hosting a book club that will be reading and discussing “Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors” by Carolyn Finney. Please contact Jessica Corman if you are interested in joining the discussion.
  • On-Going CASNR Initiatives
    • Efforts Underway: Partnering with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the College of Education and Human Sciences, to expand East Campus’ diversity and inclusion efforts and infrastructure, and increase the Office of Diversity and Inclusion presence and availability on East Campus to build the campus’ capacity.
    • Student-led effort to establish a campus-chapter of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS). Interested? Contact Megan Rothenberger.
    • The graduate students in IANR are leading the effort to develop Digital Badging on Diversity and Inclusive Excellence.

University-wide Programs

  • 2020 State of Diversity
    • Inclusive excellence is a core priority of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln — but what steps are we taking to actively ensure that it takes place at our institution? The State of Diversity 2020 highlights the improvements the university has made in the past year to cultivate a more inclusive space for our past, present and future Huskers. Join this virtual event to learn more about how the UNL community has come together to meet this common goal.
    • Thursday, October 22, 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
    • Register through the form on the Office of Diversity and Inclusion's website to receive the Zoom link.
  • #NCLUDE: Nebraska Community of Learners – Understanding Diversity through Education
    • A community of learners dedicated to understanding diversity through education. The series of virtual conversations are intended to help students, faculty, staff, alumni and the greater community understand and embrace the opportunities we have to create a greater sense of inclusion for all. #NCLUDE is a space to talk candidly about inclusive excellence being a part of our everyday interactions.
    • Upcoming Sessions, https://diversity.unl.edu/nclude
      • November 19, 2020 | 11:30 AM – 1 PM
      • February 18, 2021 | 11:30 AM – 1 PM
      • April 16, 2021 | 4:30 – 6:30 PM
  • Dish it Up
    Every Tuesday | 12 – 1 PM
    • An interactive weekly conversation where individuals can share their personal views, learn from others and engage in civil discussions concerning current events, topics affecting students' lives, UNL, and national/international happenings.
      To be a part of the conversations every Tuesday from 12 - 1 PM via Zoom, please sign up at: go.unl.edu/DishItUp2020
  • My Husker Action
    • Part of the university's larger CEO Act!on commitment, My Husker Action is where individuals acknowledge and demonstrate authentic, genuine and intentional actions to eradicate systematic racism, injustice and inequality. We encourage all Huskers and the greater Nebraska community to share and celebrate actions taken that lead to addressing and changing racist and unjust practices, policies and behaviors. Submit your action and encourage others to do the same!