ASUN Approves University of Nebraska Anti-Racial and Racial Equity plan
Students passed the bill unanimously
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The student government at UNL unanimously approved a piece of legislation that would support and adopt the University’s new racial equity plan.
The plan was created to address the inequities Black, Brown, and Indigenous have faced. The plan is an extension of the University’s N2025 strategic plan to emphasize inclusive excellence, enhance the student experience, increase their research, creative activity and engagement, and provide professional development and learning experiences for faculty, staff, and students.
The University’s plan has been criticized by some, including Governor Pete Ricketts and Regent Jim Pillen.
During the meeting students discussed why this was important for them to vote on and approve. In the past the student governing body did not show support for racial issues when those issues arose on campus. They wanted to firmly state now that they support racial equity.
They also talked about what is actually in the plan and one student senator said, “It [the plan] doesn’t say that we’re going to inject critical race theory into every corner of our campus, like some people say that it’s going to. So I just want to keep this in context of what we’re actually talking about rather than what the people on the outside are trying to tell us what we’re talking about.”
Some students even went as far to say, the student government should not listen to what people in rural, less diverse places have to say because those people don’t go to the University. The students wanted each other to know that it’s what they, the students, want to see in the University that matters.