Faculty of Color Symposium

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Friday, November 12 | 8:30 a.m. -1:45 p.m.


The Office of Diversity and Inclusion presents the 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.  

The 2021 Faculty of Color Symposium will highlight equitable and inclusive practices to foster and promote greater engagement of marginalized and underrepresented faculty in exploring external funding opportunities for research and creative activity. 

Conversations have surfaced about ensuring equitable access to funding opportunities and broadening the community of scholars to whom awards, grants, and contracts are provided. Our efforts are to inform our faculty of such initiatives and to encourage and support UNL faculty of color, and other marginalized faculty, in proactive behaviors to pursue external funding for their research. This specific topic was among those identified in the last symposium as an area where challenges exist.  

The morning session will begin with a keynote address followed by a panel discussion featuring representatives from funding agencies and organizations who will describe how external funders are initiating equity and inclusion efforts in their decision-making processes.  

In the afternoon session, faculty participants will share and discuss their knowledge of funding application development, experiences with the proposal preparation process, external funding process and support at UNL, and other perspectives on equitable and inclusive practices as well as the support and initiatives faculty need for success. Members of the staff of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will join the large group conversation around the outcomes of the small group discussions.  

Keynote Speaker

Erika Camacho portrait

Erika Tatiana Camacho,
Program Director for the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF)


Kellina M. Craig-Henderson portrait

Kellina M. Craig-Henderson,
Deputy Assistant Director for the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF)

Joanna Nordhues portrait

Joanna Nordhues,
Senior Director of Development for the University of Nebraska Foundation

Jaci Klein portrait

Jaci Klein,
Senior Director of Foundation Relations for the University of Nebraska Foundation


9:00 - 9:15 a.m. - Welcome

9:15 - 10:15 a.m. - Keynote Address

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. - Break

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Moderated Panel Conversation

11:30 - 12:15 p.m. - Lunch Break

12:15 – 1:30 p.m. - Break Out Discussion, Report Out and Dialogue

1:30 - 1:45 p.m. - Closing

Register for Session 1 or 2

Symposium Organizers

Dr. Gwendolyn M. Combs

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

Dr. Dai Shizuka

Associate 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


Session Required
Faculty / Staff Classification Required

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