Supporting UNO’s International Programs is as important today as it has ever been. A global pandemic, worldwide travel restrictions, and the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan has made 2021 one of the most challenging on record for our students, staff, scholars, and community. Through it all, INPR has stayed true to its purpose: providing support, education, and a connection between Omaha and the wider world we all share. Now, we invite friends of UNO International Programs to help us continue the mission through the Wear Black, Give Back day of giving.
WEAR BLACK, GIVE BACK is a 24-hour day of giving to the University of Nebraska at Omaha to raise money for scholarships, colleges and programs, student groups and activities, inclusion and wellness, and much more. The day starts at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 13, and lasts through noon on Thursday, Oct. 14.
This year, advocates for International Programs at UNO can donate directly to International Programs or to three key support areas: Center for Afghanistan Studies, Education Abroad, and International Student Scholarships.
Through war and peace, destitution and reconstruction, the University of Nebraska Omaha's Center for Afghanistan Studies and its partners have been on the ground in Afghanistan – printing textbooks, training teachers and journalists, and advising U.S. government officials.
The center’s team members have deep roots in Afghanistan. Many were born and raised there, later working and raising families amid history-making events.
Others have spent nearly their entire professional lives studying the country’s culture and geography, visiting its cities and villages, and working with Afghans.
All are deeply committed to preserving Afghanistan’s heritage and developing its economy and civil society.
Our Education Abroad programming is committed to sending Mavericks all over the world by providing opportunities to develop global citizenship through international education. Students gain confidence, career skills, cross-cultural perspectives, adaptability, and deepen their knowledge of their chosen academic focus through study abroad. Finances continue to be the number one barrier for UNO students hoping to take their education global. Donations to Education Abroad will help offset and defray travel costs for UNO students participating in credit bearing programs.
International students do not have the same access to financial aid, scholarships, and employment as domestic students during their time studying in the United States. Here in Omaha, many international students rely on the generosity of others to successfully complete their degree at UNO. You can support these hardworking students who are dedicated to building a brighter future for themselves, their families, and their community! Donations will be used in an emergency fund for internationals students and for the retention of international students through the Janet and Thomas Miller International Student Scholarship Fund.
Visit the International Programs Wear Black Give Back page to donate, fundraise, or join in the social media challenges that generate support for our people and programs. Your generosity is crucial to our continued success in bringing the world to UNO, and UNO to the world!