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MLK Week encourages reflection and rallying

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln recently celebrated Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and reflected upon the role of his dream in America today. Multiple events in January called upon the university community to perpetuate social justice through education and meaningful conversations.

Keynote Speaker: Ryan Mack

On Wednesday, Jan. 18, students, faculty and staff gathered in the Nebraska Union auditorium for the MLK Week Chancellor’s Program.

Making Strides: Increasing Minority Student Graduation Rates

In March the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was recognized by The Education Trust for its 10-point reduction in the achievement gap between white and black students between 2003 and 2013. At the same time, UNL increased the overall graduation rate by 4.5 percent. While there is room for continued improvement, this great feat should be celebrated and studied to examine how to further close the achievement gap for minority students.

Lunar New Year Celebrated with Games, Activities

The Lunar New Year was celebrated on Thursday, Jan. 26 with games, food and entertainment. 

Alex Tran, president of the Vietnamese Student Association, explained the background of the Lunar New Year.

“Lunar New Year is the traditional New Year of the Southeast Asian countries. Each year has different animals, and this year is the year of the rooster,” said Tran. “It’s a time family comes together and hands out lucky money, and you play a lot of games. Usually, we take the whole week off for celebrating.”

Appreciating Asian Pacific American Heritage

The month of April marked the celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. To commemorate the event, the Office of Academic Support and Intercultural Services (OASIS) co-sponsored art and cultural speakers, a talent show and a samurai dinner event.

Students share the tradition of Lunar New Year

On Thursday, Jan. 26, the Office of Academic Support and Intercultural Services hosted a Lunar New Year celebration for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus community.

Q&A with Charlie Foster

Get to know Charlie Foster, the new interim director of the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center and assistant to the vice chancellor for student affairs for diversity and inclusion. After 15 years in Counseling and Psychology Services (CAPS), Foster is excited to work with new staff at the Gaughan and to further her connections with UNL students. Plus, learn why the football stadium is her favorite place to be on campus!

UNL Community Dishes on Building Community & Creating Action

Approximately 50 students, staff and faculty gathered Friday, July 15 at noon to discuss the epidemic of recent tragedies across the country. Kevin Reese, program coordinator in the Office for Academic Success and Intercultural Services, began the event by promoting open conversation without arguments, respectful conversation and engaging with one another. An officer with the Lincoln Police Department was also present.

Celebrating the dimensions of love at A Love Affair Gala

On Feb. 17, students, staff and faculty gathered in the Ross Van Brunt Visitor’s Center for Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services' A Love Affair Gala. The gala, free for students, was a celebration of Black History Month and the various dimensions of love.

Rev. Karla Cooper opened the gala with a message. The reverend emphasized that love is instinctive, and people must love themselves before they can love others.

$1.9 Million in Grants and Sponsorships Fund Student Affairs Programs

Six departments and more than 16 programs in the Division of Student Affairs benefitted from $1,914,646 in grant and sponsorship funds during the 2016 calendar year.

"We are excited to report how successful some of our departments have been in their efforts to gain financial assistance. Most of these funds go directly to help our students,” said Vice Chancellor Juan N. Franco.

How to be an activist: Tips from organizers of Mizzou’s Concerned Student 1950 protest

On Tuesday, Feb. 21, Autumn Branch and Andrea Fulgiam shared their experiences with Mizzou's Concerned Student 1950 protest.

Native Dancing Kicks Off the Academic Year

To welcome students to campus and celebrate the upcoming academic year, the Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services (OASIS) partnered with the UNITE student group to host a kickoff event on Sunday, Aug. 28.

Our Nebraska celebrates inclusion

Our Nebraska, a series of events held March 6-10, gave students from all backgrounds the opportunity to discuss what it means to be diverse and how to create an inclusive campus and community.

Previously known as the Empowerment Forum, Our Nebraska offered events throughout an entire week rather than in a concentrated day-long seminar. Activities were sponsored by Student Affairs and the Office of Academic Support and Intercultural Services (OASIS) with co-sponsorship from the Diversity Council.

Hottest Ticket in Town: OASIS Stroll Off

Excitement and anticipation filled the air as seven multicultural Greek organizations took the stage at the Annual OASIS Stroll Off on Friday, Sept. 9. More than 500 students, alumni and community members packed the Centennial Room in the Nebraska Union to standing room only as they took in performances and cheered on participants.

Courage to Persist workshop provides keys to success

On Thursday, April 6, Student Support Services (SSS) and the Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services (OASIS) hosted The Courage to Persist, a workshop focused on how to overcome adversity to be successful.

Hispanic Culture Celebrated with Fiesta on the Green

On Thurs., Sept. 22, hundreds of students, faculty and community members of all ages gathered for Fiesta on the Green, an annual event sponsored by the Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services to celebrate Latino culture during National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Mandala Lounge unveiling kicks off JGMC & OASIS Week

On Monday, April 10, staff at the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center unveiled new canvas prints in the Mandala Lounge during the JGMC & OASIS Open House event.

A snapshot of the original culture center of 1950 flanks the left side of the gallery while photos from events like Lunar New Year, Dish It Up, the step show and InvAsian tell the story of the building and its associated programs. An image from the construction of the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center in 2009 completes the symmetrical pattern.

Week Without Violence Builds Awareness

Since Oct. 8, the Women’s Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has been celebrating the UNL Week Without Violence. The center joined efforts with both on- and off-campus organizations to spread awareness of different forms of violence and make a stand against abuse.

Behind the Success of the Night of the Living Drag Show

All seats were filled five minutes before the start Night of the Living Drag Show on Friday, Oct. 28. When the show started, so many people had flooded the Centennial Room in the Nebraska Union that the emcee had to remind attendees to move away from the door because blocking the exit was a fire hazard.