CEO Action for Diversity & InclusionTM is the largest chief executive officer-driven commitment in the United States. Chancellor Ronnie Green signed the CEO Action pledge in 2018 and the university remains Nebraska’s only higher education institution to join the CEO Action movement.

CEO Action is intended to advance diversity and inclusion efforts in the workplace. It outlines a specific set of actions that the undersigned companies will take to cultivate a trusting environment where all ideas are welcomed and employees feel comfortable and empowered to discuss diversity and inclusion.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has made this commitment to elevate the dialogue so that together, we can become more inclusive leaders and ambassadors for diversity – on our campus, on teams and in our communities.

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Chancellor Ronnie Green

Archived Events

April 28 - UNL presents A Husker Action Event: Fostering Belonging | 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.CEO Action Day of Understanding

Panel Discussion

This important conversation hosted by Vice Chancellor Marco Barker and facilitated by Chancellor Ronnie Green welcomed special guests Michael Slepian, the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Associate Professor of Leadership and Ethics at Columbia University, and Dr. Sarah Singletary Walker, Vice President for the Division of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Full Professor in the Heider College of Business at Creighton University, to discuss the importance of belonging.

These leaders shared perspectives with members of our community on what it means to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion through belonging. The topic was inspired by Harvard Business Review article on belonging: Are Your D&I Efforts Helping Employees Feel Like They Belong? and the corresponding video: Understanding Inclusion: Why Belonging At Work Matters. This experience further expanded our commitment to diversity, equity, anti-racism, and racial equity. Learn more about our Journey toward Antiracism. This event also offered an opportunity to leverage scholarly research and voice to emphasize the critical importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our communities and workplaces.

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March 17 - A Conversation on Inclusive Leadership for Nebraska’s Future | 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Panel Discussion

The business world is changing daily — which means corporate leaders are learning and growing, too. It's important to take any and all opportunities to expand your knowledge base and learn from your fellow leaders. Join the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, the Lincoln Community Foundation and Lincoln Journal Star as we dive into an engaging and informative moderated conversation highlighting the importance of inclusive leadership in our emerging business community. The event will also feature a presentation from Dr. Helen Fagan covering action steps and tips to fight against racism, injustice, inequity and inequality. You'll leave our panel feeling informed, refreshed and invigorated with new knowledge. All are welcome!

Moderated by: Sarah Bekele
Channel 4 KSNB Hastings Evening News Anchor and Producer

Panelist include:

  • Barbara Bartle,
    Lincoln Community Foundation President
  • Ronnie D. Green,
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor
  • Ava Thomas,
    Lincoln Journal Star President and Publisher
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Dr. Fagan makes reflections on the executive panel and provides information on being an inclusive leader—giving action steps or tips that individuals can take to fight against racism, injustice, inequity, and inequality as individuals and explain how we have to do our part as individuals in order to facilitate change and live out our pledges.

Presented by Dr. Helen Fagan
Leadership and Diversity Scholar and Practitioner

Timeline / History
4/2/189/17/1812/7/1811/7/19, 12/3/19, 3/5/20, 3/19/20Feb 5th-Feb 28th 2020October 2020
Chancellor Green signed UNL on as a Signatory CEO Act!on for Diversity and Inclusion campus Check Your Blindspot tour bus event and First-ever Diversity and Inclusion Fair which included the Lincoln community Diversity and Inclusion centers Day of Understanding CEO Action Inclusive Excellence Staff Conversations: Check In, Speak Up, Show Up Day of Understanding CEO-Action Education and Take the Pledge My Husker Action initiative launches


The I Act On pledge is a personal pledge that any individual can take to help drive inclusive behavior in their everyday life. We invite you to take action in support of making our workplaces and community more inclusive.

The Pledge: I pledge to check my bias, speak up for others and show up for all.
I will check my own biases and take meaningful action to understand and mitigate them.
I will initiate meaningful, complex, and sometimes difficult, conversations with my friends and colleagues.
I will ask myself, “Do my actions and words reflect the value of inclusion?”
I will move outside my comfort zone to learn about the experiences and perspectives of others.
I will share my insights related to what I have learned.

Take The Pledge on the CEO Action website
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As part of our commitment to CEO Act!on, we encourage Huskers to share their actions. My Husker Action is where individuals acknowledge and demonstrate authentic, genuine and intentional actions to eradicate systematic racism, injustice and inequality by celebrating actions taken that lead to addressing and changing racist and unjust practices, policies and behaviors.

Learn more and share your actions

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