The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Division of Student Success announced today that Taricka Burton has been named director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Burton has served as the office’s interim director since July 2019.
Vice Chancellor for Student Success Dan Shipp congratulated Burton.
"Ms. Burton is a Maverick original and we couldn’t be prouder to appoint her as the permanent Director of Multicultural Affairs," Shipp said. "Taricka is a dedicated champion for diversity, inclusion, and equity on our campus. We are fortunate to have her helping to lead these critical efforts on behalf of our students."
Burton has worked at UNO since 2012 and served as the Associate Director of Multicultural Programs and Outreach in the Office of Multicultural Affairs prior to taking on the role of interim director. She is a UNO graduate, earning her Bachelor of Science in Communication. She also earned a Master of Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Burton said part of her mission will be maintaining a supportive atmosphere within the office.
"My work ethic, networking skills, and values of cultural sensitivity and cultural humility, in addition to being a lifelong learner, will serve as the foundation for preserving an atmosphere of hope and a healthy environment for students who walk through the doors of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at UNO."
Burton succeeds James Freeman, who retired in June 2019 after 16 years as the Office of Multicultural Affairs director.
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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.