In the past few months, the attention of our office has been on the impact of COVID-19 on students, staff, and faculty. Recently our world has simultaneously been shifting as a result of the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and locally of James Scurlock. Uprisings have grown in response to these unnecessary deaths. We all are grieving.
The pandemic's disproportionate impacted communities of color and the injustice of more deaths of black men and women again compel us to acknowledge and confront the racism that is deeply entrenched in our society.
We must acknowledge that racism is all around us. It is deadly. It is oppressive. We will must find positive strategies to combat this ill in our society, our communities, our educational systems.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs is committed to equity and racial justice. We are here to support you as a resource during these challenging and uncertain times. We will continue to support the healing and flourishing of our students, our campus, and each other.
We acknowledge that this statement is only a statement and is not enough. It is not what we say here today that matters, but what we do tomorrow.
Let's work together to make a difference.
Interim Director of Multicultural Affairs
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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.