SPA commitment to Anti-Racism
Dear University of Nebraska at Omaha, School of Public Administration students, alumni, and stakeholders:
We believe that this is an important moment to send a message to our community and students – we acknowledge and condemn the individual, institutional, and systemic racism that led to the death of George Floyd and too many other Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color.
Our mission--to strengthen public service in a democratic and diverse society--is needed more than ever. Now is a critical time for our work to be directed toward dismantling racist policies and practices. We acknowledge the pain and suffering that many in our communities, especially Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color, are experiencing, and our role in its perpetuation. Especially among those of us who are not Black, Indigenous, or Persons of Color, we need to work harder toward being anti-racist personally and in our teaching and scholarship, and call on the field of public administration to do the same.
With a renewed sense of urgency, we commit to continue to work toward the goals set out in our Diversity and Inclusion Plan adopted in 2018:
- Recruit and retain a diverse student body, including students from historically under-represented, historically under-served populations.
- Recruit and retain diverse faculty and staff, including faculty and staff from historically under-represented, historically under-served populations.
- Incorporate diversity and inclusion—and anti-racist—perspectives into the curriculum
- Cultivate a welcoming and inclusive climate for all.
We also commit to do more to support Black, Indigenous, and other Leaders of Color and organizations in our community and examine and expose how policies and practices in city, state, and public and nonprofit organizations perpetuate inequities and racial injustice. In the coming weeks, we will share specific ways our School has and will actively promote and practice racial equity.
As educators and scholars of public administration, we also affirm our support for a democracy that allows for the free expression of diverse thought, opinions, and action that aim at strengthening our society. The freedom to peacefully protest is at the heart of such a democracy.
UNO SPA faculty and staff