Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
The College prides itself on making decisions with diversity, equity, and inclusion at the forefront. As such, this is a collection of some of our most notable achievements, research, and articles highlighting the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion for our students, staff, and faculty in CPACS.
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Articles and Books
CPAR Report: Characteristics of the Omaha Metro’s Black/African American Population
This report was conducted by the UNO Center for Public Affairs Research (CPAR), with findings including that the Omaha metro’s Black population is not as concentrated in North Omaha today.
What We Know (And What We Don’t): The Impact of COVID-19 Among Communities of Color in Nebraska
By Barbara Gomez Aguinaga
Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Criminal Justice System in Nebraska
RED refers to racial and ethnic differences in contacts and experiences with the criminal and juvenile justice systems.1,2 Measuring the extent to which RED exist in the justice system is a first step toward identifying the ways to improve upon how well the system upholds the principle of equal treatment under the law.3 Prior research shows that RED are prevalent across multiple points of contact with the juvenile justice system in Nebraska.1,3 There is also a large body of evidence demonstrating RED in the adult criminal justice system nationwide.4 The purpose of this brief is to describe what the data show regarding racial disparities in the state of Nebraska and what is yet to be understood.
Aviation for Women Magazine
By Rebecca Lutte
How do we increase the number of women in aviation? We start with examining essential elements of outreach and exploring what draws women into aviation and what makes them want to stay (or leave).The following article in the magazine published by Women in Aviation International includes some research results in the areas of recruitment and retention of women in aviation.
Women in Aviation: A Workforce Report
By Rebecca Lutte
The purpose of this report is to provide a comprehensive view of the number of women in the aviation workforce in a variety of fields. The aviation industry is experiencing hiring challenges and facing a shortage of aviation personnel in many areas. Women in the aviation industry are a vital resource to help meet the growing workforce needs of the industry. This information will help identify gaps in employment and further identify opportunities for enhanced recruitment and outreach efforts. The research was conducted in coordination with Women in Aviation International and funded by the NASA Nebraska Space Grant.
Talking about antisemitism in MPA classrooms and beyond
by Jamie Levine Daniel, Rachel Fyall, and Jodi Benenson
On October 27, 2018, a gunman killed eleven people attending Shabbat services in the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. For many –both Jews and non-Jews –this tragedy served as a wake-up call about the persistence of antisemitism in the United States today. MPA curricula and public affairs research have rarely addressed contemporary antisemitism, yet we argue for including conversations about antisemitism in MPA classrooms. This article serves as a resource for the public affairs teaching community so our colleagues can feel prepared and empowered to address antisemitism in their classrooms.
Gender Equity in Budgeting
by John Bartle, University of Nebraska at Omaha and Marilyn Marks Rubin, Rutgers University-Newark
Excerpt from Article
While this initiative, often referred to as gender-responsive budgeting (GRB), has been successful in many places, it has failed to take hold in the US. Only San Francisco and Fulton County, Georgia, attempted it, and neither was successful. Adopting GRB does not mean that governments create a separate budget for women and men. It means that governments explicitly consider potential gender impacts when designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating budget policies.
Association of Blacks and Browns in CJ Organization Forms in the UNO SCCJ
UNO’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice recently formed a new student organization entitled Association of Blacks and Browns in Criminal Justice.
Nix and Colleague Find Police Perceive a “War on Cops” in the Aftermath of Ferguson, Discuss Impact on Policing and Society in their New Study
by Justin Nix, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Scott Wolfe, Michigan State University; and Brad Campbell, University of Louisville
In a new study published in Justice Quarterly, Professor Justin Nix and colleagues (Scott Wolfe, Michigan State University and Brad Campbell, University of Louisville) surveyed 210 command-level police officers about the state of police-community relations in the two years following the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
For the Sake of a Child
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Keeping Amish Children Safe
, C. James-Brown, D. S. Wolfe, J. Collins, and R. Adams
"Keeping Amish children safe" by Jeanette Harder, is an essay within the collection, Child Maltreatment in Insular & Isolated Communities. This essay collection tackles the issue of underrepresentation of groups or communities who infrequently come into contact with the child welfare system.
Greater Omaha Chamber: 2017 Diversity and Talent Inclusion Study Final Report
by Craig Maher, Keyonna King, Natalie Scarpa, and Jeanette Harder; all from the University of Nebraska at Omaha
The primary objective of this project was to hear from Black YPs in Greater Omaha. The efforts to achieve an adequately sized sample of Black YPs was generally successful. Of the 675 useable respondents, their racial/ethnic identities were White/Caucasian (n=399, or 59%), Black/African American (n=181 or 27%) and Hispanic/Latino n=32 or 5%).
Researching the Issues: Grow Her Wings
by Dr. Rebecca Lutte
Jenn and Carrie are excited to share our conversation with one of the experts in the field of Aviation Research- Dr. Becky Lutte- who has been studying the barriers and complexities facing women in the aviation community. She was commissioned by the FAA Women Advisory Board to help determine ways forward that might help to increase women representation in aviation. She shares her results with us in this podcast as well as her own story of how she has worked almost all aspects of the aviation industry- including becoming a pilot and instructor herself! Join us as we discuss what the FAA and other organizations are doing to help women in aviation, what you can do and how we can all inspire others to follow our lead. We answer questions about whether STEM programs are working? What type of girls gravitate towards aviation and what the future might hold for anyone interested in flying.
CPACS Diversity Committee
A Diversity Committee has been established within CPACS to discuss the most pertinent issues relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion facing our students, staff, and faculty.
- Hameidah Alsafwani
- Gaylene Armstrong
- Theresa Barron-McKeagney
- Yves Bemba
- Nellie Beyan
- Mark Foxall (Co-Chair)
- Ronald Glenn
- Barbara Hewins-Maroney
- Dennis Hoffman
- Lyn Holley (Co-Chair)
- Sixty Andrews
- Danbee Lee
- Leah Butler
- Scott Sasse
- Theodore Johnson
- Njoki Mwarumba
- Barbara Gomex-Aguinaga
- Veronica Lopez
- Eric Taylor
One of the many outcomes of the committee was the Diversity Survey.