Nebraska Community of Learners — Understanding Diversity through Education

A community of learners dedicated to understanding diversity through education. The series of conversations are intended to help students, faculty, staff, alum 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.


To promote inclusive excellence leveraging the voices, expertise, skills and experiences of each member, supporting one another through conversation. To facilitate mindfulness and a cognitive shift toward inclusion.


To be a supportive inclusive community that is strengthened by differences, innovation, risk-taking and conversation.

We strive to be an organic group and encourage members to participate and contribute by providing educational and informational resources. The objective is to grow together, by sharing our experiences and expertise on inclusive practices.

How It Works

#NCLUDE is an opportunity for participants to contribute to ongoing resources related to inclusive excellence and to connect the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to the expanded community. Each session will present opportunities for individuals to be guest presenters, topic facilitators and provide workshops to promote dialogue that highlights the importance and the power of inclusion. We are looking to engage, learn and grow together.

Join Us

When you sign up to join #NCLUDE, you will receive access to collaborate and share resources on inclusive practices.  Meeting information for each session will be sent a few days prior to the session date to all individuals who have signed up for #NCLUDE. We encourage you to participant in as many sessions as your schedule allows. You may sign up at any time to be a part of this community.

Upcoming Meetings

September 29, 2022 | 10:30AM - 12:00PM
portrait of Nia Patterson
Nia Patterson (They/Them) is a well-respected Black and Queer mental health advocate, social activist, artist, content creator, podcaster, and business owner. They are the creator behind @TheFriendINeverWanted and the artist behind @SelfLoveToolChest. They are also the host and producer of the Body Trauma Podcast you can listen to here and also on Instagram @bodytraumapod. Their work is mainly centered around the Eating Disorder Recovery, Fat Activism, LGBTQIA+, and Self Love communities. Nia is passionate about advocating for people in marginalized bodies and seeks to bring resources to those who do not readily see representation and healthcare for themselves. In this session, Nia will discuss the intersections of disability, neurodivergence, and body-based identity. They will then present their promising practices and allow us time to ask questions and engage in discussion. Additionally, Big Red Resilience will offer us insight and resources to enable community members to find support related to body-based identity and wellbeing. All are welcome.

Reimagine and Reconnect with #NCLUDE
November 8, 2022 | 12:00PM - 1:30PM | Nebraska Union Ballroom

Come join us for the first in-person meeting of UNL’s DEI learning community, #NCLUDE.  There will be time to connect with your fellow committed colleagues across the university and collectively reimagine what each of us can do to lead and learn as part of the #NCLUDE community. Why now? #NCLUDE will be taking on a new look in the Spring of 2023, focusing on smaller learning communities that meet over the course of the semester. Hear about the new direction, resources, and support, while helping us imagine the possibilities!

Please check back on this web page, as there are more details to come! 

Virtual Option will be available.

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Archived Meetings

April 4, 2022

At our final meeting of the 2021-2022 academic year, Dr. Arden Eli Hill joined us for an interactive session on setting up an inclusive classroom. Dr. Hill holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a specialization in Women and Gender Studies and an M.F.A. from Hollins University. In this session, Dr. Hill joined us for an interactive session to discuss how he sets up the semester's expectations around inclusion with pre-semester documents and activities, as well as his work with the William H. Thompson Scholars Learning Community, to help prepare instructors to discuss diversity in the classroom. Dr. Hill presented his promising practices and allowed us time to ask questions and engage in discussion about inclusive classroom environments.

Meeting recording

February 24, 2022

Although faith is in many cases an “invisible” aspect of diversity, there are a vast number of different religious, spiritual, and humanist identity groups present on our campus. Because our faith systems influence our understanding of values, morals, and community, they inherently affect our approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion work. For our third session of the academic year, we hosted a panel of community leaders including Imam Ibrahim Dr. Mohammad Alkli, Rev Dr. Karla Cooper, Rabbi Alex Felch, and Mr. Ryan Mc Master. In a conversation moderated by Dr. Max Perry Mueller of The Department of Classics and Religious Studies, panelists discussed their religious, spiritual, and humanist communities, how they have found these communities in Nebraska, and how their identities and beliefs influence their approaches to social justice and diversity, equity, and inclusion work.

Meeting recording

December 8, 2021
As we continue to educate ourselves about sexual violence, inequality, we must also think about vulnerable groups that are largely invisible in our discourses. Our second NCLUDE meeting of the 2021-2022 academic year Featured Dominique Morgan (She/her), an award-winning artist, activist, and TEDx speaker. Dominique's presentation and discussion centered around intersectionality, experiences of queer and trans people of color in Nebraska, and healing through radical love. The meeting recording has expired and is no longer available. Please visit for more information on her unique story and activist efforts.

October 27, 2021

Our first NCLUDE meeting of the 2021-2022 academic year was held on October 27.

This session, featured Pat Tetreault (She/any), JD McCown (They/them), Jen Skidmore (They/them), Steven Booton (He/him), and Corrie Svehla (He/him). This panel of members from the Non-binary Gender Values Steering Committee discussed Executive Memorandum No. 40, the University of Nebraska system’s new policy on chosen names and gender identity.

Meeting recording

April 16, 2021

At the fourth and final NCLUDE meeting of the semester, , and  presented as part of a 3-hour mini-symposium.

Neurodiversity on Campus The Impact of Indian Boarding Schools on Family Relationships How to Be an Inclusive Leader

February 18, 2021

At the third NCLUDE meeting, Dr. Debra A. Hope and Mr. Nathan Woodruff, founders of Trans Collaborations, shared the story of their friendship and how it became a community-academic partnership that helps transgender and gender diverse people get better health and mental health care.

Trans Collaborations Meeting recording

November 19, 2020

At the second NCLUDE meeting, facilitated participants in a reflective conversation around white and male privilege. Drawing upon some “flashbulb moments” in his own life and learning journey related to privilege and bias, Dr. Pace invited colleagues to reflect on their own experiences and identities and how we might leverage privilege in the service of others and in support of equity and justice.

Dr. Nick Pace Meeting recording

August 20, 2020

At the inaugural meeting, participants were introduced to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, operational functions, and the mission and framework of NCLUDE. University faculty, staff, students, alumni and the Nebraska community members were introduced to inclusive practices and opportunities for continuous engagement with ODI; including a book group.

Meeting recording

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