For University of Nebraska System President Ted Carter, campus visits are more than an opportunity to meet some of the students, faculty and staff that make up each institution’s community. As he shared with a group of University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) students to kick off his day in Omaha, Carter believes each visit plays a crucial role in shaping the long-term vision of the entire system.
“We can effect positive change,” Carter said during a lunch with student leaders. “Don’t underestimate the power that you bring to the table.”
During his visit with students, he discussed topics important to them and their peers, including “brain drain,” admissions standards, diversity and inclusion, access to mental health services, curriculum, and student retention.
Veronica Chapman, a freshman political science major, said the meeting was encouraging.
“I feel like UNO is already a very receptive campus as is,” Chapman said. “But it’s nice to know that higher up the food chain you’re still going to find that same amount of respect and willingness to help out with campus affairs.”
Jack Schulz, a junior electrical engineering major, said the student group’s conversation with Carter helped him realize that he could affect positive change at the university.
“It opened up the possibility in my own head of going to talk to the heads of colleges to talk about curriculum,” he said. “Maybe it’s more within my grasp than I thought it would be.”
Carter, who was approved as NU System president in December 2019, met with key UNO leaders from the Office of Student Success, Faculty Senate and the Office of Business and Finance among others.
“Thank you for what you do. You’re making a difference,” Carter said before departing the meeting. “If you want to continue to inspire others, be sure to inspire yourself first and that will carry on.”
About the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.