March 29, 2021

‘Uncomfortable Conversations’ author to participate in campus Q&A

Emmanuel Acho

Emmanuel Acho

Author, broadcaster and former NFL player Emmanuel Acho will be featured in a March 31 event being held as part of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s weeklong celebration of both the 11th anniversary of the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center and the continued work of the Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services.

“Igniting Inclusive Dialogue with Emmanuel Acho,” will be streamed live at 5:45 p.m. March 31. Participants must register prior to the virtual event for a link.

Acho is a New York Times bestselling author and the host of “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man.” His groundbreaking online series to drive meaningful dialogue around racial insensitivity and ignorance launched in June 2020 with more than 80 million views to date. Acho is a Fox Sports Analyst and television personality. He co-hosts “Speak for Yourself” on FS1, and he has a master’s degree in sports psychology from the University of Texas.

Acho published the book, “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man,” in November 2020, and has announced a forthcoming version of the book for younger readers, “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy,” which will be published in May. Most recently, Acho hosted the “After the Final Rose” special of ABC’s “The Bachelor,” and received further praise.

“Emmanuel Acho has used his social cache as a former NFL standout and current sports analyst to create space for dialogue about diversity and inclusion,” said Charlie Foster, assistant vice chancellor for inclusive student excellence and director of the Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services. “Similarly, I am excited about how we can expand our dialogue about diversity on this campus. His willingness to have ‘uncomfortable conversations’ fits completely with the efforts the university is making through our anti-racist journey and commitment to Husker Dialogues. I am hopeful that we will reach a good number of students, faculty and staff through this creative speaker.”

Additional details about the university’s weeklong celebration, including a list of all events, are available here.