University of Nebraska at Kearney Diversity Guide

The University of Nebraska at Kearney offers a variety of campus activities, programs, and organizations which support a diverse university community.

Diversity/Equity

Loper Programming and Activities Council
The Loper Programming and Activities Council is an active student organization that strives to make co-curricular activity a cooperative part of study and education. The organization provides educational, cultural and social programming for all students at the University of Nebraska at Kearney including programming for Homecoming, Blue and Gold Welcome Week, Family Day, Black History Month, 5K Fun Run Talent Shows, and Nationally Known Speakers, and more. For additional information, contact:
Tim Danube, Co-Advisor
Nebraskan Student Union
danubet@unk.edu
(308) 865-8523

Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA)

The Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) is the only museum dedicated exclusively to telling the story of Nebraska through the art of Nebraska. Visitors experience a first-hand vision of the land and life on the Nebraska prairie during the 19th century, see cross-currents of European influence and American Regionalist style in Nebraska art of the 20th century, and participate in the vital exchange of ideas that is reflected in the work of Nebraska's artists of today. MONA's constantly changing exhibitions provide unique opportunities for learning about the past, understanding the present, and visualizing the future. Housed in a beautifully renovated 1911 Renaissance revival building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Museum provides a beautiful setting for its collection. MONA is an important bridge with the University, the community, the state, and beyond. With no admission fee and convenient parking, MONA is an artistic treasure readily available to all.

For more information, contact:
Audrey S. Kauders, Director
Museum of Nebraska Art
2401 Central Avenue
(308) 865-8559 or Fax: (308) 865-8104

Office of Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity
The Office of Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity is responsive to University issues which support a diverse work and academic environment free from discrimination against any person upon the basis of race, age, color, disability, religion, sex (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, marital status, or veteran status. The University affirms a policy of equal educational and employment opportunities, affirmative action in employment, and nondiscrimination in providing services to the public. For more information contact:

Director
Warner Hall
(308) 865-8655 or Fax: (308) 865-8102

Office of Residential and Greek Life
The Office of Residential and Greek Life offers a variety of support services related to diversity issues and students with special needs. The staff also provide the campus community with an array of educational programming related to issues of diversity, as well as serve in personal support roles for many of the students living on campus. For more information, contact:

Director
Conrad Hall
(308) 865-8528

Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Diversity and Equity
The Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Diversity and Equity monitors and coordinates efforts to establish accountability for gender equity and multicultural goals; facilitates hiring, career development, promotion and retention of women and minority faculty and staff; and, monitors efforts to create and maintain a hospitable environment in the classroom and workplace for women, minorities and others in traditionally underrepresented groups.

Student Support Services
Student Support Services is one of eight federally funded TRIO programs. Student Support Services delivers a variety of services to promote academic achievement for students who are first generation students, low income, and students with disabilities. Student Support Services co-sponsors campus events that raise diversity awareness and also teaches the University Foundations Class which has a Diversity Awareness Unit. For more information contact:

Rashawn Harvey
Director of Student Support Services
Academic Success
Memorial Student Life Building 172
harveyrd@unk.edu
(308) 865-8988, fax:308-865-8286

Multicultural and International

Admissions
The University of Nebraska at Kearney seeks to make provisions for personal and social needs as well as to promote students' intellectual development in harmony with their ability level and interests. For information on multicultural admissions call 308-865-8435. For more information contact:
International Admissions Specialist
Welch Hall #102 intladmin@unk.edu
308 865-8157

Alpha Mu Gamma
Alpha Mu Gamma is the national foreign language honor society for foreign language students and international students. It is advised by faculty in the Department of Modern Languages. For more information contact:

Dr. Chris Jochum
Assistant Professor of Spanish and Foreign Language Education
Department of Modern Languages
215 Thomas Hall
jochumcj@unk.edu
(308) 865-8675

Calvin T. Ryan Library
The Calvin T. Ryan Library has a wide selection of diversity resources and is constantly expanding its collections.

Three bibliographies on multicultural issues are available: "Cultural Diversity and Multiculturalism: A Bibliography of Government Documents, 1997" and "Cultural Diversity and Multiculturalism: A Bibliography of Government Documents, 1997-2001", and "Primary Materials Concerning Native Americans".

Janet Stoeger Wilke
Dean of the Library
wilkej@unk.edu
(308) 865-8546

Department of Communication Disorders
The Communication Disorders Department offers a course in Speaking English for Non-Native Speakers of English(CDIS #110). This course is offered during both the Spring and Fall semesters. The Speech and Language Clinic offers free individual speech therapy to help students with pronunciation and language usage (idioms). For more information contact (308) 865-8300.

Diversity Strategic Mission Committee
The Committee was established by the College of Education in 1995 to gather information and make recommendations to enhance the multicultural nature of curriculum and better prepare students to teach in a global society. The Diversity Committee also works cooperatively with the library to develop resources in the area of multicultural education and does outreach work to K-12 school districts. For more information contact:

Ed Scantling, Dean
College of Education C117
scantlinge@unk.edu
(308) 865-8502

Financial Aid
The University of Nebraska at Kearney Financial Aid Office is the one-stop shop for information on both need-based financial aid and scholarships.  For more information you may contact the Office of Financial Aid at:

Office of Financial Aid
Memorial Student Life Building
finaid1@unk.edu
(308) 865-8520

Nepalese Student Association at Kearney
The Nepalese Student Association at Kearney (NESAK) was established in 2008 by Nepalese Students enrolled at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. NESAK was recognized as an International Student Organization by UNK International Student Services (ISS) in the Spring of 2008.

For more information contact:
info@nesak.org

Hispanic Student Association (H.S.A.)
The Hispanic Student Association serves to celebrate the diversity of the Hispanic, Chicano, and Latino cultures and to address the needs and concerns of Hispanic, Chicano, and Latino students at UNK. Meetings are held weekly. September 15 through October 15 is celebrated as Hispanic American Heritage Month. Other programs and activities sponsored by HSA are scheduled throughout the year.

Juan Guzman, Advisor
Director of Multicultural Affairs
Nebraskan Student Union, Room 107
guzmanj@unk.edu
(308) 865-8127

International Student Association (I.S.A.)
The International Student Association encourages international student participation in social, cultural, and academic programs and activities. A further goal of ISA is the development of mutual understanding and friendship among all students. All UNK students, faculty, or staff are eligible for membership.

For more information e-mail:
isa@unk.edu

International Studies Program
The International Studies Program offers both a major and a minor in an interdisciplinary program built around a core of courses rooted in traditional areas of study such as international politics, comparative politics, international economics and the humanities. For more information contact:

Carol Lilly
Welch Hall 106
lillyc@unk.edu
(308) 865-8141 or Fax: (308) 865-8160

James E. Smith Midwest Conference on World Affairs
Recognizing the need to bring a strong international component to an undergraduate education, the University of Nebraska at Kearney annually sponsors the James E. Smith Midwest Conference on World Affairs, to provide education and awareness of global issues. For more information contact:

Ann Marie Park, Coordinator
Welch Hall 104
parkam@unk.edu
(308) 865-8944 or Fax: (308) 865-8947

Japanese Association at Kearney (J.A.K.)
The Japanese Association at Kearney strives to create and promote better understanding about Japan and cultural exchange in all matters related to Japan among the student body, faculty and staff at UNK and in the community. The goals are to encourage Japanese students to participate in and present social and cultural programs and also help new students individually and collectively by acquainting them with services and facilities available to them both in the campus community and the Kearney community.

Jayne Heimer, Education Specialist
Welch Hall 205
jakearney1-information@hotmail.com
(308) 865-8835 or Fax: (308) 865-8947

The Kearney Area Friendship Program
The Kearney Friendship Program is a volunteer program through which members of the Kearney community and UNK provide international students the opportunity to meet and enjoy the friendship of a family or individual in the City of Kearney. For more information on this program contact:

Welch Hall 101
ffp@unk.edu
308 865-8904

Office of International Studies
The Office of International Studies was established in 1989 to enhance the international dimension of the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The office accomplishes this task by organizing Study Abroad for UNK students, providing international students a comprehensive way to prepare themselves for admission into a degree seeking program of study at the University of Nebraska at Kearney through the English Language Institute, organizing the James E. Smith Midwest Conference on World Affairs, and providing international experiences for its faculty and students. For more information contact:

Office of International Education
Ockinga Center
(308) 865-8246 or Fax: (308) 865-8160

Office of International Student Services
In addition to providing necessary information on Immigration and Naturalization Service regulations, the Office of International Student Services counsels and advises students on cultural opportunities, cross-cultural concerns, employment, banking, university system policies, and much more. For more information contact:

International Student Advisor
Welch Hall 114
(308) 865-8946 or Fax: (308) 865-8947

Office of Multicultural Affairs
The main mission of the Office of Multicultural Affairs is the recruitment and retention of all multicultural African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, Native American students through programs including new student orientation, cultural celebrations, one-to-one and group counseling, and scholarship information. OMA: 1) has a library of multicultural resources; 2) offers presentations on multicultural experiences; 3) posts a calendar of multicultural events; 4) will help UNK become sensitized to multiculturalism. For more information contact:

Juan Guzman, Director
Nebraskan Student Union 116
guzmanj@unk.edu
(308) 865-8127 or Fax: (308) 865-8947

Speech/Language/Hearing Clinic
The UNK Speech/Language/Hearing Clinic provides assistance with articulation (accent reduction) for non-native speakers of English. For more information contact:

Mary Kommers, Director
College of Education B134
kommersm@unk.edu
(308) 865-8507

Student Kouncil of Inter-tribal Nations (S.K.I.N.S.)
This organization serves to celebrate the diversity of the Native American cultures and to address the needs and concerns of Native American students at UNK. Meetings are held weekly. November is celebrated as Native American Heritage Month. Other programs and activities are scheduled throughout the year.

Juan Guzman, Advisor
Director of Multicultural Affairs
Nebraskan Student Union, Room 107
guzmanj@unk.edu
(308) 865-8127

Disability

Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Committee
The ADA Committee was developed to: 1) study the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus to identify accessibility concerns; 2) review federal requirements for compliance; 3) review current UNK plans, self-studies, and policy related to ADA compliance; 4) make recommendations for any needed changes to meet compliance regulations and to meet the best interests of individuals coming to the UNK campus. For more information contact:

Director
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity
and ADA Coordinator
Founders Hall 1203
(308) 865-8655 or Fax: (308) 865-8917

ADA Coordinator
The ADA Coordinator is responsible for the oversight of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act as well as compliance with other related state and federal laws. The coordinator serves as a resource contact; reviews the development of accommodations and policies which have an impact on disability issues; investigates grievances based upon disability; develops program initiatives and serves as a liaison to the public for disability concerns.

The ADA coordinator works in cooperation with the Director of Human Resources, Director of Facilities, and Director of Center for Academic Success who have primary responsibility for providing services which meet ADA/504 requirements, responding to specific accommodation requests, and designing accommodation plans. For more information contact:

ADA Coordinator
1203 Founders Hall
(308) 865-8655 or Fax: (308) 865-8197

Calvin T. Ryan Library
The Calvin T. Ryan Library at the The University of Nebraska at Kearney is committed to providing full access to Library materials for all patrons. The library maintains a close relationship with service providers for students with special needs and works closely with Library patrons to accommodate our special needs patrons. The library will try to accommodate any patron who requests assistance who is not adequately served by the existing technologies or policies of the library. For more information contact:

Janet Stoeger Wilke
Dean of the Library
wilkej@unk.edu
(308) 865-8546

Collegians for Integration and Accessibility (CIA)
CIA is an action oriented student organization which is instrumental in making positive changes for students with disabilities on campus. In addition to being a support group, CIA is a campus organization with the following purposes: promote integration of all collegians, promote accessibility of campus and programs at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and meet the individual needs of students with disabilities. Examples of CIA activities used to raise awareness include staging wheelchair accessibility tours of campus and promoting campus wide programs with entertainers who have disabilities. Collegians for Integration and Accessibility sponsors Disability Awareness Week each fall semester. For more information contact:

David Brandt, Advisor
Memorial Student Affairs Building 175
brandtdl@unk.edu
(308) 865-8214

Kearney Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (KSSLHA)
KSSLHA is a student organization which promotes interest in and support for, the areas of speech, language and hearing as a profession. Any interested student may join. For more information contact:

College of Education B142
(308) 865-8301

Police and Parking Services
The Parking Services Section of the Police and Parking Services Department is responsible for managing the parking program on the UNK Campus. The University, in addition to complying with the directives of the Americans with Disabilities Act, strives to meet the specific parking needs of disabled students and staff. Disabled students and staff are required to purchase a UNK parking permit. They should contact Parking Services if they have special parking needs or concerns. There is a procedure for allowing students and staff who may be temporarily disabled to receive privileged parking for a specified period. For more information, contact:

Police/Parking Services
General Services Building
parking@unk.edu
(308)865-8367

Services for Students with Disabilities
The Office of Academic Success provides guidance and support in a variety of ways for students with documented disabilities. They conduct orientation for services, house documentation of disability and request for accommodations, and work with students to develop an Accommodation Plan to be used by the student in requesting equal access, and coach students to be self advocating independent learners. Further, they describe the University of Nebraska at Kearney's network of campus services and make appropriate referrals. For more information contact:

David Brandt, MFA, Ed
Memorial Student Affairs Building 175
brandtdl@unk.edu
(308) 865-8214

Active Minds
Active Minds is a student run organization that meets every other Thursday. The goal of the organization is to promote help-seeking behaviors on college campuses and reduce the stigma that is associated with asking for help. The group's goal is to sponsor activities that promote people talking about mental health in a new light. For more information contact:

Counseling and Health Care
Memorial Student Affairs Building 144
(308) 865-8248

Speech/Language/Hearing Clinic
The Speech and Language Clinic provides free individual speech therapy to students and reduced fees for faculty/staff and their families. Community members are charged on a sliding fee scale. Serving people of all ages, the clinic provides testing including hearing evaluations and a full range of audiological services. The clinic also provides assessments in speech and language (articulation, voice, and fluency). For more information contact:

Mary Kommers
College of Education B134
kommersm@unk.edu
(308) 865-8507

Religion and Spirituality

Cooperative Campus Ministries
Cooperative Campus Ministries provides a structure binding the various Campus Ministries at UNK (listed below) together for effective action and efficient representation, in order that services and concerns of Campus Ministries may be best related to the University and involved in its life, wherever they can be of value to the total goal of the institution. For more information contact:

Matthew Groves, Coordinator
crusade@unk.edu
(308) 224-1155 (308) 440-7811

Campus Crusade for Christ
An interdenominational Christian organization
2215 12th Avenue
Ron Crocker, Advisor
crusade@unk.edu
Phone: (308) 865-8618

Campus Lutheran - ELCA
The campus ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
2715 9th Avenue
Tom Wilson, Pastor
CampusLutheran@yahoo.com
Phone: (308) 234-1828 or (308) 224-9868

Chi Alpha
A charismatic student fellowship sponsored by the Assemblies of God
2715 W. 39th Street
Lindsay Schluntz
schluntzdl@unk.edu
Phone: (308) 293-4468

Christian Student Fellowship
A nondenominational campus ministry
2310 14th Avenue
Greg Swinney and Rachel Charley
rachel@csfneb.org
Phone: (308) 234-3922

The Navigators
Navigators is an inter-denominational Christian ministry.
Rob Clark, Director
rmclark@gmail.com
Phone: (308) 236-3466

The Newman Center
The campus ministry of the Catholic Church
821 West 27th
Sister Rosemarie Maly
cathnewman@unk.edu
Phone: (308) 234-1439

Roger Williams Fellowship
The campus ministry of the American Baptist Churches and First Baptist Church
1616 West 39th Street
Andy Falk, Director
rogerwilliams_unk@yahoo.com
Phone: (308) 234-2311

United Campus Ministry
The campus connection for Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ, United Church of Christ, Presbyterian Church (USA), United Methodist Church)
P.O. Box 2562
Kearney, NE 68848
Laura Stubblefield, Director
ucm_unk@nebi.com
Phone: (308) 237-3311 or (308) 627-6255

University Lutheran - LCMS
The campus ministry of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod
1814 W. 24th
Kearney, NE 68847
Judy Wellman
ulc@kearney.net
Phone: (308) 236-8252

Muslim Community of South Central Nebraska (MCSCN)
The main purpose of this organization is to bring together the Muslims of South Central Nebraska. The membership is free for all Muslims in this community. The organization holds two yearly Eid prayers, regular Friday prayer (Jummah), occasional pot-luck party and picnic. As the Muslim population in the community is growing, we are trying to extend our activities with other local/national/international organizations as well.
(Note: MCSCN is a community, not UNK, organization). For further information please contact:
Syed Afzal Hossain
Founders Hall 2148
hossains@unk.edu
(308)865-8552 or (308)236-7716 (Home)

Gender

The Chancellor's Committee on Gender Equity
The Chancellor's Committee on Gender Equity is a constructive response to the principle of the equality of the sexes in all aspects of the model academic community. Therefore, its mission is that of consciously thinking, planning and responding in order to achieve and maintain gender equity rather than merely to deal with problems as they arise. The Committee reviews policies and practices relative to gender and makes recommendations in order to avoid any sexual discrimination which may affect faculty, students and staff in an academic, professional or personal manner. For more information, contact:

Linda Van Ingen, Chair
History Department
vaningenl1@unk.edu
(308) 865-8772

The Women's Studies Program
The Women's Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary minor in Women's Studies. The program is designed to inform students about gender roles, to investigate and evaluate assumptions about gender in the various academic disciplines, and to explore new intellectual frameworks that are reforming ideas about gender. For more information contact:

Linda Van Ingen, Program Director
Founders Hall 2124 or Copeland 103C
vaningenl1@unk.edu
(308) 865-1550 or Fax: (308) 865-8980

Sexual Orientation

Queer Straight Alliance
The Queer Straight Alliance at the University of Nebraska, Kearney was organized in 2008 to celebrate and welcome individuality. The group supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and straight allies (LGBTA) in an effort to raise LGBTA awareness. The organization strives to make the campus community feel safe regardless of sexual orientation and identity. Sexual orientation education and equality for all individuals is another focus of the Queer Straight Alliance. In addition, QSA fights discrimination, harassment, and violence in schools. For more information contact:

Juan Guzman, Advisor
Director of Multicultural Affairs
Nebraskan Student Union, Room 107
guzmanj@unk.edu
(308) 865-8127

Age

Career Services
Career Services provides career guides for recareering as well as other resources. Career Services provides counseling advice on how to work with age issues in interview situations. For more information contact:


Career Services
Memorial Student Life Building
careerserv@unk.edu
(308) 865-8501

Veteran Status

Financial Aid - Veteran Benefits
The University of Nebraska at Kearney Financial Aid Office, houses the Veterans Service office. Here is where you can come to complete the required documents to start receiving your veterans benefits. We have trained staff who are familiar with all of the VA programs to assist you. For more information contact:

Office of Financial Aid
Memorial Student Affairs Building
unkveterans@unk.edu
(308) 865-8649 or Fax: (308) 865-8096