Our Nebraska

Empowering Every StoryOur Nebraska | Mar. 5-10, 2018

Student shares her experiences with others at 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.

Formerly known as the Empowerment Forum, this expanded event offers opportunities for students, faculty and staff members to strengthen their voices. Attend individual events or all events throughout the week. There is no cost to attend.

Schedule of Events

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Monday, March 5

World Café Conversations11:30 a.m./12:30 p.m., City Campus, Nebraska Union Centennial Room

Bring your story – the story of who you are and what you want to be. We all have different backgrounds, experiences and outlooks. Here you’ll answer questions developed by your peers as you chat with students, faculty and staff to get to know more about yourself and those on campus around you. If you enjoyed Husker Dialogues, you’ll want to attend! Coffee from The Mill and pastries provided.

Sign up to lead a table conversation

Tuesday, March 6

Panel: Misconstrued Identities11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., East Campus, College of Law Auditorium

Identities tell us who we are based on social group characteristics and the culture in which we live, but often our self-defined identities may not match those others interpret or assume. Through a panel conversation, we’ll discuss how to handle misconstrued identities and share strategies for educating others on identities. Lunch provided by Raising Cane’s.


  • Toni Wilson is an associate with Mora James Law Firm where she practices Criminal Defense as well as Domestic & Family law and Immigration law.
  • Masood Siddiqi is a Nebraska alumnus who studied textiles, clothing and design, and has worked at Men’s Wearhouse for 18 years as regional trainer/manager.
  • Jill D. Flagelis director of Faculty/Staff Disability Services where she works to create a level playing field for employees with physical disabilities and with mental illness, as required by the ADA.
  • Gabe Bruguier is a graduate student who works at the Mid-America Transportation Center at Nebraska and serves as a commissioner for the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs.

Moderated by Kristen Blankley, an Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska College of Law and Director of the Robert J. Kutak Center for the Teaching and Study of Applied Ethics, who teaches on a wide variety of alternative dispute resolution and ethics topics, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and legal ethics. Professor Blankley is also an active scholar in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution, publishing on arbitration, mediation, and ethics in alternative dispute resolution issues. She has written on topics including class action arbitrations, judicial review of arbitration awards, mediation ethics, and mediation confidentiality. In addition, Prof. Blankley is an active mediator and facilitator, working with parties in a wide variety of situations, including employment disputes, family disputes, and disputes with youth.

Co-sponsored by the Student Bar Association, Multi-Cultural Society/BLSA, International Law Society, Family Law/ADR, American Constitutional Society, Women's Law Caucus and J. Reuben Clark Law Society.

Thursday, March 8

Express Yourself Expo6:30 p.m. Art exhibition & refreshments, City Campus, Nebraska Union Heritage Room
7 p.m. Performances, City Campus, Nebraska Union Auditorium

Calling all artists!!! Bring your talents for spoken word, poetry, dance, musical performances and original compositions to tell your story. We want to know – what defines you? Performers will have 5 minutes to showcase their talent. Students selected to participate will earn a $75 donation to the RSO of their choice or can choose to receive a $25 gift card.

Apply to perform or submit your artwork

Applications due February 28, 2018.

Friday, March 9

Friends Beyond Borders - Movie Night7 p.m., City Campus, Nebraska Union Regency Room

Join the ASUN Diversity & Inclusion Committee for an event aimed at instilling lasting relationships between international and domestic students. Activities will include a movie, snacks and games while getting to know one another.

Saturday, March 10

Friends Beyond Borders - Icebreakers & Capitol Tour12-3 p.m., City Campus, Nebraska Union Colonial Room

Join the ASUN Diversity & Inclusion Committee for an event aimed at instilling lasting relationships between international and domestic students. The goal of Friends Beyond Borders is to facilitate interaction between international and domestic students by matching international and domestic students through partner games, ice breakers and activities to share cultures. Following activities, all students will tour the Nebraska State Capitol Building.

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

Our Nebraska is co-sponsored by the Diversity Council and the ASUN Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

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