- Associated Press - Monday, November 23, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The president of the University of Nebraska system is working to deal with racism on campus and improve the college experience for all students.

The Lincoln Journal Star (https://bit.ly/1ObR8Sd ) reports that President Hank Bounds attended a Black Lives Matter rally Thursday on the university’s Lincoln campus to hear from students on how he can make their college experience more inclusive and welcoming. Bounds says he hopes to meet with the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement and the leaders of the #NotAtUNL campaign, to discuss what improvements need to be made.

The #NotAtUNL campaign is a Twitter campaign that aims spread awareness of race-related issues that have occurred on the Lincoln campus by encouraging students to share their stories of racism.

According to Bounds, “Everyone brings a different set of circumstances, and this is an educational institution that should lend itself to learning from one another.”

Bounds says he has made funds available for each campus in the University of Nebraska system to complete a diversity audit looking at its racial make-up, how curriculum addresses diversity and focusing on the experiences of students of color.

The system president says it is important to create a more diverse environment on campus in terms of student enrollment, but just as important to ensure students from diverse backgrounds have a “positive and robust” experience.

“We need our students walking away saying this was a great place to get an education and live. A diversity audit will help us not only understand the numbers but understand the experience,” Bounds said.

The Lincoln campus is also in the process of hiring a chief diversity officer. Bounds said the committee responsible for looking at applicants for the next Lincoln chancellor has been structured to represent the school’s diversity.

The school is seeking a person who has “tangible evidence of fostering diversity and inclusivity, affirmative action and equal opportunity, and the commitment to establish working and learning environments of trust and mutual respect for all students, faculty and staff.”

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com

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