The Chancellor’s Diversity Commissions are currently seeking new members whose terms will begin in the fall of 2021.
The commissions advise the chancellor on issues that impact equity and inclusiveness at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Collectively, the commissions encourage the campus community to create an environment where each person feels a sense of belonging. Members on each commission represent the faculty, staff and students on campus.
Participants will provide direct insight to the Chancellor on campus climate issues. Over the last year, the groups have sponsored an intersectionality panel series, have been involved in search committees for campus-wide positions, and are working on a mental health and wellness initiative that will launch in the fall.
Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women
The Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women is currently seeking new members whose terms will begin in the fall of 2021. This group advises the Chancellor on issues pertaining to gender equity and on specific concerns of women faculty, staff and students at the university.
The commission seeks to increase the awareness of gender equity issue and their implications for the University, promoting equitable access to campus resources. Annually, the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women recognizes outstanding faculty, staff and student efforts to create a climate that encourages women to succeed. Over the last 18 months, the group has focused efforts on issues related to mental health, the safety of women in collaboration with the UNL PD, equitable family leave policies, and safe and affordable access to child care.
Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of People of Color
The Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of People of Color advises the chancellor on issues pertaining to the concerns of people of color on campus. The commission also serves as a resource to support the experiences of people of color at the university. During the past year, the CCSPC sponsored an invited talk by Julie Park about her book, “Race on Campus;” hosted multiple gatherings for faculty, staff and students of color; and helped lead an effort to welcome alumni of color back to campus during Homecoming Week.
Those interested in learning more about the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of People of Color or who would like to apply to become a member may contact the commission.
Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Gender and Sexual Identities
The Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Gender and Sexual Identities advises the chancellor on issue pertaining to the specific concerns of faculty, staff and students at the university who identify as LGBTQA+. The Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Gender and Sexual Identities provides support and opportunities for members of the LGBTQA+ community to come together, celebrate who they are, and generate a sense of belonging among members of the community who call this university home. Key issues addressed by the commission this past year include the call for gender-neutral restrooms and an inclusive preferred name policy for students, faculty and staff.
Those interested in learning more or applying should contact the commission.
Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis, but priority will be given to those submitted by June 15.