What is Inclusion?
The word inclusion gets thrown around rather loosely today. It seems like everybody wants to be inclusive, but might not have a clear idea about what inclusion really means. I will take this opportunity to introduce you to inclusion as it exists on UNO’s campus.
Inclusion, to me, means that everyone is accepted, welcomed, and has a sense of belonging. It means that we offer equal opportunities and respect to each individual on campus, irrespective of their race, ethnicity, economic status, nationality, gender, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, or religion. Inclusion also means that we show compassion to people with disabilities and gratitude to people who served our country. Fairness, equality, compassion, acceptance, participation, belonging, and support are the various colors of inclusion that allow us to paint a picture of equity on this canvas that we call UNO.
The Subdivision of Inclusion works to create a more inclusive UNO by providing a number of programs and services. UNO offers disability services, military and veteran services, women’s resources, community outreach programs, pre-college and scholarship programs, assessment and recruitment initiatives, representation and social justice advocacy, and cultural awareness. UNO’s cultural awareness includes cultural programming, support for student organizations representing diverse ethnic groups, and support for LGBTQIA students.
These services and programs are essential to developing the various facets of inclusion on our campus. However, this picture would not be complete without the most critical piece – you. It is impossible to build an inclusive UNO without the support and participation of the students. I call on each and every one of you to join us on this endeavor to make UNO more inclusive. I welcome you to stop by any of our offices, at any time, to learn more about and participate in our various programs and services. Thank you for being an ambassador of inclusion. I wish you all the best.