Our Nebraska

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

Attend individual events or all events throughout the week. There is no cost to attend.

Our Nebraska Keynote Speaker: Helen Fagan

Monday, January 28
12:00-1:30 PM • Heritage Room • Nebraska Union

Dr. Helen Fagan is an Assistant Professor of Practice for Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is also the CEO and Founder of Global Leadership Group. Dr. Fagan earned her Ph.D. in Human Sciences with an emphasis in Leadership and studied International Economics and British Political Economy at Oxford University. She is a certified Diversity Trainer and has a passion to “develop leaders who create better tomorrows." Join us to listen to Dr. Fagan speak about how her past experiences have influenced the work she does with students while promoting diversity and inclusion as we kick off this year’s Our Nebraska event! Baked potato bar served at 11:45 AM. 

Tea Time: Our Nebraska Edition

Tuesday, January 29
11:00-2:00 PM • Kawasaki Reading Room • Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center

Come by to learn more about the unique ties the Kawasaki Reading Room has with the state of Nebraska. In addition, sample tea and coffee as is presented during our "Tea Time" and "Koffee Time" offerings and a enjoy washi crafting and discussion. 

Our Nebraska Panel: Nebraska Journeys

Wednesday, January 30
11:30-2:00 PM • Law College Auditorium Room 115 • East Campus

Come hear the stories of inspiring individual’s journeys, their triumphs and challenges, and what Nebraska means to them. Lunch served at 11:30 AM with Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers and vegetarian options will be available in the Law College Auditorium Room 115 located on East Campus.


 Kayla Banwarth

    • Kayla joined the land of the Husker volleyball as an assistant coach in January of 2017. Prior to this, Kayla played for the Huskers until 2010 and then ended her professional career in the 2016 Olympic Games with the U.S. National Team, winning a bronze medal. During her first season with the team, Nebraska won the NCAA Championship in 2017.

Gatluak Ramdiet

    • Gat is a current student at UNL—currently pursuing a degree in law. His life prior to his time at UNL has been nothing short of an inspiration. Originally from South Sudan, Gat is the youngest of three boys. One day, his parents left home in search of food for their family and never returned. Not long after this, gunfire broke out in his village and both him and his brothers took off on foot in search of safety—eventually finding their way to Ethiopia. In 2006, Gat was relocated to Omaha, NE.


    • Also known as, “Mr. Hilarious Hope,” J.Roach serves as a Campus Life Director with Youth For Christ. He oversees multiple ministries in his hometown and, along with various members of his family, served in the Airforce. He uses his strength as a speaker and comedian to empower and encourage others to reach their destiny.

Karen Bell-Dancy

    • Karen currently serves as the Executive Director of the YWCA of Lincoln. She was previously on the Board and Co-Chair of the Financial Development Committee and holds an MBA in Management, which she earned from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. One of Karen’s passions is being an advocate for women, youth, and issues within social justice.

Express Yourself Expo

Thursday, January 31
6:00 PM • Art Exhibition & Refreshments • Regency Room • Nebraska Union
7:00 PM • Performances • Union Auditorium • Nebraska Union

Do you have a talent or piece of art you would like to showcase? Sign up to be a part of this year’s “Our Nebraska: Express Yourself Expo”. We will be showcasing a variety of art pieces, including sculptures, paintings, drawings, singing, dancing, and many more.

Apply to perform or submit your artwork

Applications due Friday, January 25, 2019

If reasonable accommodations such as interpreters, large print, special seating, etc. are needed to accommodate a disability, please contact Hortencia Lara at (402) 472-5500 or hlara2@unl.edu to discuss accommodations at least two weeks prior to the event to ensure we can make appropriate arrangements.