OASIS Leadership Program

The OASIS Leadership Program: Diversity and Activism in Action

The OASIS Leadership Program is committed to helping students interested in creating change on campus and in Lincoln while learning about the histories and current events of the numerous communities of color in the United States. Participants will examine these communities as well as various leadership models in order to instigate change and become activists.

Participants will explore their personal leadership styles and learn tools to help them maximize their leadership potential. Participants will develop skills that will make them more competitive for leadership opportunities on campus and in the community.

Participants will also learn about the history of UNL affinity groups and culture centers, social justice, and the social change model. Students in the OASIS Leadership Program will be expected to attend events focused on diversity and regular meetings with their peers in the program. Social justice will be a major focus of the group and the program will encourage and show participants how to advocate and engage in causes that are important to them.

Participants will also be expected to support other groups on campus that advocate for social justice.


The OASIS Leadership Program develops student leaders by engaging in: the history of diverse communities, leadership models, and social action.

Participants must:

  • Have a passion for leadership and creating change
  • Be willing to meet program requirements and engage with peers


  • Create significant and visible change at UNL
  • New knowledge and leadership skills
  • Develop a campus network
  • Be involved with and receive recognition from OASIS
  • Attend conferences and professional events

Guidelines for choosing fun, non-offensive Halloween costumes

  1. Cultural-based Costumes perpetuate stereotypes
  2. Cultural appropriation - is the adoption or use of elements of one culture by members of another culture. It can be seen as wrongfully oppressing the minority culture or stripping it of its group identity and intellectual property rights.
  3. Changing your natural skin tone to mimic another person’s skin tone is NOT ok
  4. Wearing another culture’s traditional dress or dressing up like their stereotype (hillbilly, gangster, etc.), is not a costume – it’s offensive
  5. It may be a temporary costume for you, but for minorities the stereotypes perpetuated by these costumes are lasting.