Office of Student Affairs

Who We Are

Values

These serve as guiding principles in daily operations and interactions.

  • Collaborate
    We initiate campus partnerships that advance student learning, maximize resources and facilitate civic engagement.
  • Connect
    We promote a sense of belonging through our programs, words and behaviors, and model advocacy and social justice in all our actions.
  • Include
    We foster diverse, accessible and caring communities that promote full and equal participation and respect each individual's personal stories.
  • Innovate
    We seek new and creative solutions to challenges facing our campus and community.
  • Lead
    We provide inclusive leadership opportunities that are challenging and rewarding, fostering the development of ethical, responsible, and collaborative leaders.
  • Cultivate
    We nurture their growth, learning and well-being in a campus environment that encourages kindness, offers support, honors compassion, builds relationships and connects faculty, staff, and students.

Mission

Connect learning with life.
Through partnerships with campus and external stakeholders, Student Affairs designs and implements purposeful programs, resources, and services to support and enhance the university’s educational mission. Our work cultivates student success through engagement, well-being and a commitment to diversity.

We envision a future where every student stretches their unique strengths through deep and engaged learning while building meaningful relationships to co-create their Nebraska experience. Vision statement

Strategic Priorities

  1. Create transformative experiences and communities that contribute to retention and student success.
  2. Provide a comprehensive and collaborative approach to student care and well-being.
  3. Promote diversity and inclusion throughout Student Affairs.
  4. Lead through creative and innovative use of fiscal and human resources.

Office of Student Affairs Staff

Laurie Bellows, Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Josh Overocker, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (Operations & Chief of Staff)

Jake Johnson, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (Student Advocacy & Support)

Tyre McDowell, Jr., Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (Student Life & Leadership)

Lauren Gayer, Director of Marketing & Communications

Hollie Swanson, Director for Strategic Events & Engagement

Lesley Esters, Director of Assessment & Staff Development

Debbie Hendricks, Executive Secretary

Tonda Humphress, Project Coordinator

Shaney Esparza, Administrative Associate