Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.90
Liaison Kristina Hughes
Submission Date March 19, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Nebraska at Omaha
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 Sarah Burke
Sustainability Coordinator
Student Affairs
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :

The non-discrimination statement, including the website URL where the policy is publicly accessible:

The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment.


Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team) to respond to and support those who have experienced or witnessed a bias incident, act of discrimination or hate crime?:

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team (including examples of actions taken during the previous three years):

Formal complaints of discrimination/harassment are investigated by the Assistant to the Chancellor in the Office of Equity, Access, & Diversity. This individual also serves as the Title IX Officer and coordinates UNO's response to reports of sexual misconduct.

UNO's Bias Assessment and Response Team (BART) gathers information about non-emergency bias incidents and supports those who have become or witnessed someone become a target of an act of bias. It is also their goal to increase opportunities for communication and restorative justice for students, staff, and faculty; collect data demonstrating how student, staff, and faculty experiences affect overall campus climate; and address incidents and trends as they are identified through training or other means that will improve the campus climate in regards to bias.

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit staff from underrepresented groups?:

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit faculty from underrepresented groups?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

*Collaboration with Omaha Public Schools, with more continuous presence of Admissions Representatives at the high schools. Intentional follow up with students that are selected for verification.

*Collaboration with our community colleges so that their TRIO programs have access to our visit programs.

*Somos Familia are events for Spanish speaking families. Undergraduate Admissions hosts 2-3 a year.

*The Urban Health Opportunities Program (UHOP) is designed to diversify the urban Nebraska medical workforce by identifying and preparing qualified students from underrepresented groups to enter and succeed in medical school. Considered applicants are high school seniors who have a minimum ACT cumulative and math section score of 23, and are Nebraska residents. Selected UHOP scholars will include those considered underrepresented by the Association of American Medical Colleges. UHOP scholars receive full tuition remission at UNO and receive guaranteed admission to UNMC's M.D. program with the completion of UHOP requirements.

*TRIO Project Achieve: Provides support to UNO undergraduate students who qualify as first-generation students, students who meet established income guidelines, or student with disabilities. http://www.unomaha.edu/project-achieve/

*The Davis/Chambers scholarship recognizes the most academically talented students from diverse backgrounds that have trouble meeting the financial requirements of a college education. The Davis/Chambers Scholarship is recognized as one of the University's most important ways of honoring outstanding Nebraska students.

*Summer Scholars provides college-bound metro area high school juniors the opportunity to enroll in a course at UNO to earn college credits, prepare for college life, and connect with UNO faculty, staff, and students. The goal of the Summer Scholars Program is to expose high school students to the dynamics of a college campus environment through a six-week pre-college summer session. Many participants come from underrepresented backgrounds. http://www.unomaha.edu/student-life/inclusion/multicultural-affairs/bridge-program-and-scholarships.php

*The Goodrich Scholarship Program: Many recipients are first-generation students. http://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-public-affairs-and-community-service/goodrich-scholarship-program/D12

As part of the new hiring procedures for staff, administrators, managers, supervisors, and faculty are consulted prior to advertising open positions. Recruitment designed to attract persons of color is discussed; applicant pools are monitored for inclusion of females and persons of color, and the legalities of successful interviews are discussed. (http://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1002&context=edadfacproc)

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support faculty from underrepresented groups on campus?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

Students: These programs do not exclusively serve underrepresented populations, but underrepresented populations often make up a significant proportion of their total populations:

-Success Academy

- Thompson Learning Community Mentoring Program

- The Goodrich Scholarship Program and Project Achieve

- The Sisterhood and Brotherhood

Faculty & Staff:
- Faculty Development Fellowship

- Essential initiatives for retention of culturally diverse faculty and staff are offered. These strategies are in place during three phases: recruitment phase, relocation phase, and mentoring phase. The recruitment phase includes such things as targeting advertising at conferences, which will be well attended by culturally diverse faculty. The recruitment phase includes initiatives such as scheduling formal and informal events to welcome new faculty. The mentoring phase offers strategies such as reviewing the strategic plan with all new faculty members illustrating our emphasis and commitment to inclusive environments and connections to the community. http://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1002&context=edadfacproc

Does the institution have training and development programs, teaching fellowships and/or other programs that specifically aim to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:

Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:

Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.