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Statement of Commitment

The College of Journalism and Mass Communications, founded on the principles of the First Amendment, stands in solidarity with our Black students, staff, faculty, alums, friends and family during this turning point in the struggle for racial equality.

We honor the importance of our citizens exercising their rights of free speech and peaceful assembly to protest the murders of George Floyd, James Scurlock, Breonna Taylor and countless others over generations of oppression.

We salute the brave journalists who have risked injury and arrest to cover the events in our nation and keep us informed. They are instrumental to a vibrant free press that is critical to our democracy. 

We recognize and accept that the responsibility of the work to overcome racism is within our power. We must each begin by looking inward and taking personal responsibility to advance change.

And then, we pledge to come together as a community to take real and meaningful action, using our power, resources and voice to support and advance all of our CoJMC family members of color.

Statments from the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism

June 19, 2020 May 27, 2021

Diversity & Inclusion Toolkit

The Diversity & Inclusion Toolkit is intended to assist the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) students, staff and faculty interested in forming an environment that is welcoming and inclusive for all. We will honor people's differences as we advocate for the well-being of our communities. This toolkit is part of an ongoing effort to make sure that all feel welcome and valued.

This toolkit includes guides on campus databases, helpful resources, local dining options and more. It is meant to expand outreach efforts to engage all UNL community members effectively.

The CoJMC D&I toolkit is a living document. It was developed through a partnership between the UNL Public Relations Student Society of America Chapter and Jacht Ad Agency.

Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit

D&I Toolkit

Campus Connections

Academic Success & Intercultural Services


Jackie Gaughn Multicultural Center


LGBTQA+ Resource Center


Military & Veteran Success Center


Services for Students with Disabilities


Women's Center


Office of Diversity and Inclusion

We are the flagship and land-grant university for Nebraska, and diversity and inclusion are central to our mission and pursuit of excellence. Each person has something to gain from and offer to our community of learning, discovery and outreach. All are welcome here.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion provides vision, leadership, and advocacy in fostering an inclusive, equitable, and welcoming campus central to the land-grant mission of UNL; leads and facilitates the development of institutional policies, protocols, and practices intended to create a more equitable, and inclusive campus culture; and utilizes an inclusive excellence framework to foster an engaged, creative, and innovative learning environment for all.

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Educational Resources

  • “Living Into God's Dream: Dismantling Racism in America” By Catherine Meeks (personal stories, reflections)
  • “America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America” By Jim Wallis (faith-based methods towards ending racism)
  • “Subversive Southerner: Anne Braden and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Cold War South (Civil Rights and the Struggle for Black Equality in the Twentieth Century)” By Catherine Fosl
  • “How Jews Became White Folks and What That Says About Race in America” By Karen Brodkin (historical accounts)
  • “Racism Without Racists” By Eduardo Bonilla-Silva (challenging color-blind thinking)
  • “What Does It Mean to Be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy” By Robin Diangelo (white identity from an anti-racist framework)
  • “Promise And A Way Of Life: White Antiracist Activism” By Becky Thompson (an overlay of personal stories and historic accounts)
  • “Benign Bigotry: The Psychology of Subtle Prejudice” By Kristin J. Anderson (examination of cultural myths)
  • “Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis, and Movement Building Strategy” By Chris Crass, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (essays)
  • “Acting White?: Rethinking Race in Post-Racial America” by Devon W. Carbado, Mitu Gulati (argument, societal norms)
  • “Killing rage: Ending Racism” by Bell Hooks (essays)
  • “We Have Not Been Moved: Resisting Racism and Militarism in 21st Century America” by Elizabeth Betita Martínez,, Matt Meyer, Mandy Carter (articles from various scholars/activists)
  • “Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence” by Chad Williams, Kidada Williams, Keisha N. Blain (essays, columns)
  • “Beyond the Pale: White Women, Racism, and History” by Vron Ware (study of how white woman have shaped the history of racism)
  • “Understanding and Dismantling Racism: The Twenty-First Century Challenge to White America” by Joseph Barndt (historic accounts, research, opinion)
  • “Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories” by Eddie Moore, Marguerite W. Penick-Parks, Ali Michael (personal stories)
  • “Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race” by Debby Irving (exercises addressing racialized ideas)
  • “The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity, Politics, Revised and Expanded” by George Lipsitz (whiteness in respect to Natives, Latinos, and Asian Americans)
  • “Understanding White Privilege: Creating Pathways to Authentic Relationships Across Race (Teaching/Learning Social Justice)” by Frances Kendall (research, experiences, relationship development)
Ted Talks
  • Just Mercy
  • The Hate U Give
  • When They See Us
  • Mississippi Burning
  • Ghosts of Mississippi
  • A Time to Kill
  • Rosewood
  • Harriet
  • Hidden Figures
  • 12 Years A Slave
  • Malcolm X
  • Selma
  • Sorry to Bother You
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.
  • Do the Right Thing
  • 42
  • The Birth of a Nation
  • Fruitvale Station
  • Get on the Bus
  • Higher Learning
  • The Hurricane
  • Marshall
  • A Soldier’s Story
  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • The Great Debaters
  • Mudbound
  • A Ballerina’s Tale
  • Race
  • The Autobiography of Miss. Jane Pittman
  • The Tuskegee Airmen
  • The Butler
  • Remember the Titans
  • Rize
  • Moonlight
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Tools for difficult conversations
Incorporating diversity in the classroom

Support Services

Counseling & Psychological ServicesStudent Support

Counseling and Psychological Services is a multidisciplinary team of psychologists and counselors that works collaboratively with Nebraska students to help them explore their feelings and thoughts and learn helpful ways to improve their mental, psychological and emotional well-being when issues arise.

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Office of Academic Sucess and Intercultural ServicesStudent Support

The Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services (OASIS) enhances student success by promoting academic excellence, diversity awareness, and social engagement.

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Employee Assistance Program Faculty & Staff Support

EAP is a confidential service offered to university employees and their immediate family members at no charge. Consultation and counseling are available to help with personal or work related problems that can affect general well being, work performance, or academic performance.

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Faculty & Staff Ombuds Services Faculty Support

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has established a faculty and staff ombuds services be a resource for faculty and staff seeking to resolve difficulties that interfere with their work.

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Diversity and Inclusion News


The Flatwater Free Press and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications sponsored “Nebraska’s Prisons at a Crossroads”, a forum that discussed Nebraska’s Corrections Department on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

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Rob Flores

The College of Journalism and Mass Communication welcomed Norberto (Rob) Ayala-Flores, a 1984 graduate, as one of UNL’s Distinguished Alumni at the Multicultural Homecoming events Sept. 29 - Oct. 1 hosted by the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of People of Color and the Nebraska Alumni Association.

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Evelyn Mejia
Mejia selected for New York Times Corps Saturday, September 3, 2022 - 3:30pm

Evelyn Mejia was selected to participate in the inaugural New York Times Corps. Mejia was one of 20 aspiring journalists chosen from among hundreds of applicantss nationwide.

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