Editor’s Note — This is part of a conversation series highlighted as part of Native American Heritage Month on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Medium page. The series will feature students who are making impacts on campus and beyond.
In her first year at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Macy Keller, a business administration major from Falls City, and member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, is finding ways to grow and make an impact.
Talk about your involvement with the Inclusive Business Leaders program.
Being a part of the Inclusive Business Leaders program has been a great opportunity and experience thus far. I wanted to join because I knew through the group, I would be able to make great connections with different businesses and learn more about inclusivity in the workplace and why it is important. So far, I’ve learned DEI terms and why they are all important aspects of an inclusive business/work environment. I better understand how important inclusiveness is and how much of an impact it can make on someone. My favorite part of the program is the relationships I’ve made with other classmates in the program and learning about their different lifestyles.
Why is building connections across campus, particularly through sharing about being a member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, of interest to you?
Making connections across campus through my heritage, to me, means I want to build relationships and learn from others who have the same background as me. I want to learn about others’ experiences of being Native American and what that means for them and see how we relate to each other.
You’re just in your first year but are there any lessons you’ve taken away thus far?
As I am a few months into my first year, I’ve learned from others that it is important to stay focused on your work and to take any opportunity you can. Now is the time to branch out and make connections so being involved can help with that.
Is there anything you hope to accomplish in your lifetime?
Something I want to accomplish in my lifetime is to hold a high position in a company. I have always liked being a leader and all the aspects that come with leadership.
What or who inspires you?
My parents inspire me. They have shown me what unconditional love looks like and have always been there for me no matter what. Also, they have been great leaders in my life and have encouraged me to pursue my dreams and to make the most of any situation. They have set a great example for me, and I look up to them very much. I strive to be as caring and successful as my parents.
What is your advice to other students looking to make an impact?
My advice to other students looking to make an impact is to not be afraid to speak out and stand up for what you believe in. Confidence and hard work will pay off in the end so just stick with whatever you’re trying to make an impact on and don’t give up.