The Board of Regents presented a KUDOS award to Shannon Teamer, Senior Director of Inclusion Programs and Services, in the Division Student Success at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in its most recent meeting on Thursday, Oct. 8.
Shannon has been a member of UNO since 2017, originally joining as the director of the Project Achieve TRiO program and maintaining his leadership of that vital student support community while also enhancing and supporting broader Multicultural Affairs and first-generation student support programs and students.
In August, Shannon and his team secured federal funding for Project Achieve through 2025, ensuring that nearly 1,000 students will benefit from the program, which supports academically underperforming students, at any stage in their higher education career, to help keep them on track to graduation.
Shannon has also been a true leader in the development and launch of UNO's First Generation Guild, a cross-campus community group that looks to support first generation students academically, socially, and financially. The First Generation Guild launched in Fall 2019 and supports the nearly 6,000 students on campus whose parents do not have degrees from four-year universities. This fall, UNO welcomed more than 1,600 new first generation students to campus.
As someone who not only is a champion for students from all backgrounds, but also an advocate for UNO's mission of access to exceptional affordability, education, and opportunities, Shannon is a true leader on campus as well as someone who fosters collaboration between multiple campus units - all with the goal of enhancing the UNO student experience. This has been especially important for the students impacted by the programming Shannon leads during a time of stress and uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Whether it is his colleagues, UNO students, system administrators, or community leaders, Shannon has been an asset to Omaha, to Nebraska, and to the higher education mission of the University of Nebraska.
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.