Multiple reports of racist, hateful online comments have been brought to our attention over the past several days. We recognize that comments like these can and often do inflict both personal and shared pain. As heartbreaking as these racist comments are to hear, they also increase our resolve to live the Maverick value of inclusion—by calling out and speaking out against racism, division, and injustice. In the end, the answer to racist, hate speech is more speech. Speech that lifts up the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
I received multiple calls today from upset individuals asking if we are taking these types of matters seriously. The answer is clearly, yes. I can assure you that we have already begun the process of following up on the reports we have received. Thank you again to those who have reached out with concerns. Your involvement makes a difference in improving the quality of our community.
All UNO students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to speak up should they see or experience racist, bigoted, biased, and prejudiced activity on our campus through the Bias and Hate Incidents report form. Also, please remember, the University also provides free and confidential counseling resources for students, faculty and staff through Student Counseling & Psychological Resources or the Faculty/Employee Assistance Program.
I sincerely hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe during this very difficult time.
Daniel J. Shipp, Ed.D.
Vice Chancellor for Student Success at UNO and UNMC
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