First, thank you. I have been impressed, humbled and proud of how our UNL community has responded to the incredible challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The last six months have brought an unprecedented level of change as we moved all learning to a remote basis in the spring and as we’ve undertaken the comprehensive, detailed and interconnected planning necessary to safely returning to a level of in-person instruction in the fall. It has been, and continues to be, a herculean task — and our UNL community has delivered.
Thank you for your incredible work as UNL has navigated tremendous change over the last several months. As we look to the upcoming year, we face a number of important challenges and opportunities: how to safely and successfully return in the fall, the budget cuts necessitated by the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and our campus journey on anti-racism and racial equity.
On June 5, I called for UNL to begin a journey of addressing anti-racism and racial equity. It is important to see this journey and the work of anti-racism as an ongoing process; and more importantly, as a step for us to have greater accountability and a sustained focus as an institution that serves our state and beyond.