Empowerment Forum

UNL Empowerment Forum: 
Providing Tools to Build a Better Community

The UNL Empowerment Forum is a free event open to all currently registered UNL students, faculty, and staff with interest in discussing the challenges that we face in dealing with diversity issues. This forum provides an opportunity to better understand diversity and social justice while having an understanding of what it means to be a member of an inclusive society.

The UNL Empowerment Forum will be held on Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Nebraska Union, rooms posted (City Campus).

UNL Empowerment Forum Diversity Retreat - Power Up!

2016 Schedule of Events

Thursday, March 3
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Keynote Speaker
10:30 a.m - 11:15 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m. Lunch (Brown Bag) with Speakers
12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
1:15 p.m. -  2:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker

Clarifying the Purpose

This forum IS about:

  • understanding our cultural differences
  • understanding what it means to be a member of an inclusive society
  • leaving empowered with an understanding of who you are and your effect on your community
  • giving all the skills needed to build 

This forum is NOT about

  • bashing or humiliating any one person or group
  • stifling openness and honesty
  • a lecture about how you "should" think, say, or act

The Empowerment Forum is a University Sponsored event and we urge you to feel free to check with your professors to be excused from class to attend the forum.

The UNL Empowerment Forum is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the Pepsi Endowment Fund, the University Program Council (UPC), Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services (OASIS), University Housing, and the English, Sociology and Ethnic Studies Departments.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is an equal opportunity educator and employer with a comprehensive plan for diversity.

Breakout Sessions

10:15 a.m. - 1
1:00 a.m.
Getting Beyond "Nebraska Nice"
      presented by Dr. Helen Fagan and Todd Grier
Bystander Intervention
     presented by Jamie Porter & PREVENT
Witnessing Whiteness
     presented by Dr. Stephanie Bondi, Linda Major and Dr. Deb Mullen

Lunch with Speakers - 11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Know you Legal Rights
     presented by S. A. Mora James, JD
When the Professional is also Personal: Self-care and the Social Justice Advocate
     presented by Tiffany Carrethers and Dr. Belinda Hinojos
Bystander Intervention
      presented by Dr. Jan Deeds

1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
How to Create Local Change
     presented by ASUN President Thien Chau
Art & Activism
     presented by Stacy Asher
Perceptions, Perspectives, Experiences & Empathy
     presented by Dr. Pat Tetreault
Getting your Message out There
      presented by Tyler Thomas


       Samuel R. Offer, VP Washington Consulting Group

2016 Keynote Speaker: Sam Offer

Sam Offer serves as Vice President and senior consultant with the Washington Consulting Group, a Multicultural Organizational Development Firm located in Baltimore, MD.  Sam has served as an educator and administrator for over 30 years.

A native Marylander, Sam earned his B.S. from Calvary Christian College with a concentration in Early Childhood Development studies.  Other studies included Human Sexuality, Religious and Spiritual Pluralism, the Intersection of Religion and the LGBTQ community (particularly Christianity), and Social Justice Education.  Sam is an alumnus of Landmark Education and the Social Justice Training Institute.  Sam serves as a lead facilitator for LeaderShape, Inc., and lead faculty for the Social Justice Training Institute: The Student Experience. He has spent many years working with the development of youth and young adults in education and within the community.

Sam is a member of Maryland Black Family Alliance and is an advisor to Pride and Faith, organizations advocating for equity of all people. Sam served as co-chair of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force premier conference, Creating Change 2012.  Sam is chair of the African American (Black) People of Faith Caucus (MD) for Marylanders for Marriage Equality. Sam has been named as a “Profile of Courage” with the Human Rights Campaign.  He has been named one of Baltimore’s most influential “out” clergy within the black community. He travels the world advocating social justice and equity for all humanity. He is known for his witty personality, style and love for the work he does.

Please click here to learn more about Sam.