To the UNO Community,
Like many in the Omaha community, around the state and the nation, I am saddened by all of the events of the past week and most recently, the death of James Scurlock.
While I can never truly be able to comprehend the depth of pain Black, Brown, and marginalized individuals in our university community must be feeling today, my heart truly hurts along with theirs.
The events of the past week and today’s decision from the Douglas County Attorney have left many of our students, faculty and staff frustrated, confused, angry, and in search of a path forward.
For those who, including myself, are experiencing a wide range of emotions in looking for answers in what will prove to be a pivotal moment in our city’s history, I ask you to look within toward your Maverick Spirit. Exemplify strength, resilience, curiosity, and independent thinking in your search as we move forward...together.
I will also ask that if you choose to make your voice heard, please stay safe in speaking your truth.
Individuals in need of counseling and psychological resources can find them on the UNO Wellness page and through the Faculty Employee Assistance Program. If you experience or witness acts of racism, prejudice, bias, or hate on our campus, you can easily file a report online.
It is my sincerest hope that we can work through these tragic events together to create a stronger, more equitable community.
In the Maverick Spirit,
Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D.
Sacha Kopp, Ph.D.
Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Daniel Shipp, Ed.D.
Vice Chancellor for Student Success
Vice Chancellor for Athletic Leadership and Management
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
Vice Chancellor for Business, Finance and Business Development
Vice Chancellor for UNO and UNMC External Relations
Assistant Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Human Resources
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