“A diverse and inclusive workforce contributes to our institutional goal of inclusive excellence, where diversity, equity, and inclusion are paramount and central to our mission of access, teaching, research, and engagement. As a land-grant, research extensive institution, we have a responsibility to think deeply and critically about all aspects of the University’s enterprise—academic affairs, agriculture and extension, business and finance, diversity and inclusion, research and economic development, student life, technology and communications, equity and compliance, and external engagement with our alumni and communities across our state, nation, and world. We must not take this responsibility lightly and ensure we are attracting, identifying, and hiring faculty and staff who contribute to our institutional position as an academic and cultural resource and our institutional value of inclusive excellence.
Our ability to build a diverse and inclusive workforce, depends heavily on the individuals and practices affiliated with the search process. Those involved in searches also carry the responsibility to ensure the job description, recruitment and hiring process, and retention strategies are equitable and inclusive—addressing all forms of bias, exclusion, racism, and discrimination. At Nebraska, we believe in the power of every person and the unique and cultural perspectives that each person brings to our institution.
Additionally, we have unveiled the N2025 Strategic Plan. In this plan, we reiterate our commitment to create a climate at Nebraska that emphasizes, prioritizes, and expands inclusive excellence and diversity. We will not succeed as an institution if we do not succeed at this aim. We must reduce barriers, increase diversity, and boost the success for all of our students, faculty and staff. This aim provides specific goals for us in increasing the participation and success of under-represented groups across the University. We will never be an “unparalleled” university without amazing people.”
Ronnie Green, PhD