Journey Co-Leaders

The Future Must Be About Action

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“There is a hope for the end of racism, but for this to happen, there needs to be a culture of deep introspection, vigilance and corrective action that seeks to identify, expose and eradicate all remnants of racism within our institution. The Journey is the latest of several efforts and deliberate institutional initiatives to confront the reality of racism in our university, and to engender a culture that will seek to work against such racism in all that we do.”

–Journey Co-Leaders

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Remembering Anna Shavers

A joint remembrance by the Journey Co-Leaders

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“The Co-Leaders recognize the Otoe-Missouria, Pawnee, Ponca, Omaha, Winnebago, Kansas, Ioway, Sac and Fox, Cheyenne, Lakota, Arapaho, Dakota Nations within and beyond the state of Nebraska as the original stewards of the land and respect with great value those relationships.”

The Co-Leaders

Chancellor Ronnie Green leads the Journey with guidance from Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion Marco Barker and five co-leaders whose research, creative activity, and engagement explores addressing anti-racism and racial equity.

Lory Dance portrait

Lory J. Dance

Associate Professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies

Kwame Dawes portrait

Kwame Dawes

Chancellor’s Professor of English, Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner

Kara Mitchell Viesca portrait

Kara Mitchell Viesca

Associate Professor of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education

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Sergio C. Wals

Associate Professor of Political Science and Ethnic Studies

Our Philosophy

A reckoning with history and its impact on the present

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Our Role

Aligning and advancing strategic anti-racism and racial equity efforts

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Our Actions & Efforts

A chronological record of the co-leaders steps in the Journey

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A Synthesis of UNL Stakeholder Calls to Action in Summer 2020

During the conceptualization of UNL's anti-racism journey in the summer of 2020, many UNL stakeholders named issues and topics to be addressed. These contributions were analyzed and discussed by the Journey Co-Leaders, and a document was created to outline the synthesis of the contributions into themes.

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Chancellor Green's Charge

Ensure meaningful steps forward

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UNL's Commitment to Anti-Racism

At our core, across our campuses

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Community Resources

Anti-racism education, resources, support, and opportunities for engagement and action

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