Faculty of Color Symposium


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Friday November 6, 2020 | 8:15am-1:30pm


The Office of Diversity and Inclusion announces the inaugural Faculty of Color Symposium. The Symposium, organized by faculty members at the University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL), is designed to recognize the perspectives and unique experiences of faculty of color, observe scholarly contributions and successes and determine paths forward in fostering a UNL community that celebrates diversity, inclusion, and equity in teaching, research, and service/extension/outreach.  


8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Check-In

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Session I: Inclusive Institutional Practices

The first session features a panel presentation by three faculty experts whose scholarship and experiences focus on fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education and the obstacles many faculty of color—including contingent faculty—may face in wellbeing, reappointment, tenure, and promotion at predominantly white campuses. Academic administrators, faculty, and faculty mentors are encouraged to attend this session.

9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. - Break and Transition to Session II

9:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Session II: Faculty of Color Experiences (Includes a 40-minute lunch break)

The second session is intended to offer an opportunity to discuss academic experiences, challenges, and opportunities faculty of color may face as members of the UNL community. Faculty of color comprise an underrepresented group at UNL where retention and acadmic growth are great concerns. 

Register for Session 1 or 2


Anna Shavers portrait

Anna Shavers

Associate Dean for diversity and inclusion and Cline Williams Professor of Citizenship Law

Robert Warrior portrait

Robert Warrior 

Hall Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of Kansas

Ruth Zambrana portrait

Ruth Zambrana

Distinguished University Professor and Interim Chair in the Department of Women’s Studies, Director of the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity and adjunct Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Medicine.

Symposium Organizers

Dr. Gwendolyn M. Combs

Director for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion, Associate Professor Management Department College of Business

Dr. Jeannette Eileen Jones

Associate Professor, Department of History, and Institute for Ethnic Studies

Dr. Dai Shizuka

Assistant Professor, School of Biological Sciences

Dr. Francisco Munoz-Arriola

Associate Professor Biological Systems Engineering and School of Natural Resources

Dr. Cynthia Willis-Esqueda

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, and Institute for Ethnic Studies

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