Self-study

Nebraska Law’s self-study, conversations propel diversity plans – Nebraska Today

Summary

As the University of Nebraska–Lincoln prepares for the State of Diversity forum on Oct. 28, Nebraska Today is sitting down with college leaders to explore how inclusive excellence is being folded into day-to-day campus activities.

Since 2019, the university’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion has worked directly with institutional leaders in multiple ways, including through the Council of Inclusive Excellence and Diversity. Intended to connect colleges, primary campus units and ODI, the council is led by Nkenge Friday, assistant vice chancellor for strategic initiati…….

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As the University of Nebraska–Lincoln prepares for the State of Diversity forum on Oct. 28, Nebraska Today is sitting down with college leaders to explore how inclusive excellence is being folded into day-to-day campus activities.

Since 2019, the university’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion has worked directly with institutional leaders in multiple ways, including through the Council of Inclusive Excellence and Diversity. Intended to connect colleges, primary campus units and ODI, the council is led by Nkenge Friday, assistant vice chancellor for strategic initiatives, with representation from across the institution.

The work of the council has been pivotal in guiding diversity, equity and inclusion plans university-wide. And, momentum realized through the council is being featured in this Q&A series.

Today, we’re continuing the series by chatting with Anna Shavers, associate dean for diversity and inclusion, and Cline Williams Professor of Citizenship Law in the university’s College of Law.

This question and answer series exploring campus diversity, equity and inclusion planning will continue beyond the State of Diversity forum and into November. If your college, department or unit has a plan to feature, contact Troy Fedderson at [email protected] or 402-472-8515.

What is the state of diversity, equity and inclusion planning in the College of Law?

Our law school’s recent journey toward greater diversity, equity and inclusion started in 2018 when Dean (Richard) Moberly created the position I hold now, which is associate dean for diversity and inclusion. I believe this to be the first such position created at UNL. It grew out of the faculty Committee on Diversity and Inclusion that was previously created. The committee now includes the associate dean, and representation from students, faculty, and staff across the college. We have recommended a change to the titles of both the associate dean and the committee to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This important group helps guide and inform our decisions. We are also finalizing our DEI strategic plan, creating more and different opportunities to share our student’s and faculty’s work in this space, and rethinking our admission strategies, hiring practices, and retention efforts.

With respect to diversity, our planning processes have greatly benefited from a self-study we completed. That data allowed us to reflect on where we are and where we could be doing more. This also ties in with the focus that the legal profession has on these issues as well as how they specifically affect the Nebraska legal profession. I recently published an article on this topic. In that article, “Diversity and Inclusion: What’s Racism Got to Do with It?” (published in The September/October 2020 edition of The Nebraska Lawyer), I addressed another major step forward towards our DEI goals, the creation of the Nebraska Legal Diversity Council, which is a partnership between the Law College and other members …….

Source: https://news.unl.edu/newsrooms/today/article/nebraska-laws-self-study-conversations-propel-diversity-plans/