Our Nebraska

Empowering Every StoryOur Nebraska | Mar. 6-10, 2017

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Our Nebraska is a week-long celebration of inclusion that seeks to encourage students to learn about themselves and to become stronger leaders in society. Through diversity and social justice education, we seek to create a welcoming environment for all, where each person feels accepted, valued and safe.

Formerly known as the Empowerment Forum, this expanded event offers opportunities for students, faculty and staff members to strengthen their voices.

Register to attend individual events or all events throughout the week. There is no cost to attend. Students who attend events all five days will be entered in a grand prize drawing during the luncheon on Friday. Winner must be present to win! 

Schedule of Events

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Monday, March 6

Slam Poetry Performance
8-10 p.m., City Campus, Nebraska Union Auditorium
Start the conversation on social justice issues and voice your concerns, or speak on how far we’ve come. Come hear the experiences of students, faculty and staff. Door prizes will be given!

Tuesday, March 7

Dish It Up! Hosted by Martha Florence
12-2 p.m., City Campus, Nebraska Union Regency Suite
Martha Florence, one of the founders of the Afrikan People’s Union at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will lead a conversation about racial disparities and standing up for your rights. As an instrumental leader on topics of inclusion and speaking up against discrimination, Florence recently shared her experiences with the Lincoln Journal Star and will further discuss the need to recognize and combat racism in present day. (You are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch.)

Wednesday, March 8

Dish It Up! Part II, Hosted by Eric Crump & Sara Gilliam
12-2 p.m., East Campus, Law College Auditorium
Nebraska natives Eric Crump and Sara Gilliam grew up as close friends. Their story outlines racism that occurred when they were younger, yet is still embedded in society today. Come hear these two friends talk about identity and they will host a conversation about how do we exist in a society where racism is so deeply embedded in today’s society. Raising Canes will be provided for the first 100 people!

Thursday, March 9

The Extra Point Hosted by Coach Riley
6:30-8 p.m., City Campus, West Stadium Club, 3rd floor
Coach Mike Riley attended the University of Alabama where his life experience guided him in learning how to bridge the gap between race and the game. Light refreshments provided.

Friday, March 10

Putting Ideas Into Action Hosted by Lory Dance
12-2 p.m., City Campus, Kauffman Residence Center
R.S.V.P. required, includes lunch.
As a summary from the week, Lory Dance will present tools we can take with us as we move forward in creating an inclusive and open environment, not just on campus, but in our everyday lives. Student leaders will then host conversations at each table to develop a plan of action and the next steps for the campus.

Our Nebraska is co-sponsored by the Diversity Council.