Diversity & Inclusion

The students, staff, and faculty in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources strive 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 diversity and inclusive excellence through our core values of listening, learning, doing, and reflecting.

We begin this semester as a CASNR community that is collectively stretched to new limits as we work to teach and learn in new environments. Such a situation requires continual self-care and work to be respectful and inclusive. However, we also find ourselves in the midst of a global conversation that will define how our society engages, protects, and supports all segments of our communities.

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

This fall CASNR, IANR, and our broader University Community will be providing the following opportunities for listening, learning, doing, and reflecting:


  • 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 (TBD)
      • 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: Discussions”
        September 9, 2020 | 12 – 1 PM CT
      • “Inclusive Teaching: Engaging Students in a Virtual Space”
        TBD/Week of September 21 | 12 – 1 PM CT
      • “Inclusive Teaching: Accessibility in the Classroom”
        TBD/Week of October 5 | 12 – 1 PM CT
      • “Inclusive Teaching: Classroom Management”
        TBD/Week of October 19| 12 – 1 PM CT
    • OUCH! Workshop hosted by IANR Staff Council and OASIS
      Tuesday, September 29 | 2:30 – 3:30 PM
      • The OUCH! Workshop is focused on understanding the impact of stereotypes and biased statements; identifying the most common reasons individuals remain silent in situations of bias and stereotypes; and providing participants the tools for speaking up against stereotypes without blame or guilt.
  • 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 Schaefer.
    • The graduate students in IANR are leading the effort to develop Digital Badging on Diversity and Inclusive Excellence.

University-wide Programs

  • Husker Dialogues
    September 10, 15, 16, and 17 | 7 PM
    • Husker Dialogues is a diversity and inclusion event designed to introduce first-year students to tools they can use to engage in meaningful conversations to help create an inclusive Husker community.
  • #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

Our response to this conversation is deeply personal. We invite you to 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.