BE BLUE. BE GOLD. BELONG.

Did you know that 1 in 10 students (about 650) at the University of Nebraska at Kearney are Hispanic or Latino/Latina/Latinx? Students and their families quickly discover that UNK is a welcoming and safe campus. With the support of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI), you’ll have ways to celebrate your culture and share it with others so UNK feels like home. Our goals are simple – to provide an atmosphere for students from diverse backgrounds to excel academically and socially by providing financial aid, support services and leadership opportunities. If you’re the first in your family to attend college, there are additional resources for you.

Top programs among Hispanic and Latinx students include: Business Administration, Nursing, Teaching, Modern Languages, Industrial Distribution and Criminal Justice. See all programs. No matter which program you pursue, you’ll be confidently prepared for your career.

Financial Aid at UNK

You may qualify for free tuition with the Nebraska Promise.

Other Services & Support

UNK is a proud member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, a leading advocate for increasing Hispanic access to higher education. Hispanic and Latinx students can become involved with the Hispanic Student Association, DANZA, Define American and other groups.

*UNK offers Conozca UNK tours specifically made for Spanish-speaking families. Tours cover resources and scholarships and you can meet with UNK counselors. Due to COVID-19, tours may be suspended. Check the status on our Visit Page or view our Virtual Tour.

"UNK is a place where students from diverse backgrounds can come together to plan events and raise cultural awareness on the University of Nebraska Kearney campus."

Juan Guzman

Director, Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion

Jazmin Matias-Trejo

"The individuals in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) have portrayed the positive, safe and welcoming attitude of UNK's campus. As a first-generation student, I see the importance of seeking opportunities for my academic success. UNK has given me amazing experiences, resources, scholarships and connections to help me succeed. I have no doubts that I will be prepared to start my career once I graduate from UNK."

Jazmin Matias-Trejo

Criminal Justice Major, First Generation Student

Guadalupe Perez

"After my campus tour and my involvement with the Thompson Community, my mother and I agreed that UNK was a great choice for my education! I have always felt supported and heard due to UNK’s inclusivity in their academic organizations, campus jobs, Greek life and more. You never feel out of place. UNK has some elite professors in their fields of study who have reinforced why I chose my major. I have a good grasp of my future."

Guadalupe Perez

Language Arts 7-12 Education

Adrian Almeida

“I feel supported by UNK, especially from the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion. It is my home away from home. I’ve received scholarships, and I’m prepared for my career because of faculty, staff, advisors, the quality of education, and opportunities at UNK.”

Adrian Almeida

Business/Marketing, First Generation Student

"My parents understand English, but don't speak it. I'm a first-generation student so my parents do not know anything about college. They got to learn about college in the language that they speak. At first my mother was very scared to let me go to college. UNK said it was a family here…and that there are groups that will make it feel more like home. The decision to attend UNK was made for me, and now also for my parents. It's a big YES for us."

Gibrana Perez

"There are real measurable impacts when an organization commits to being inclusive. Team performance improves dramatically when everyone on the team feels included. In fact, researchers found that the most inclusive teams perform up to 60% better. That's critical to keep in mind when it comes to increasing our effectiveness and positivity as a university."

Doug Kristensen

Chancellor, University of Nebraska at Kearney

Have Questions?

Juan, Luis, and Abel all speak Spanish.

Juan Guzman

Juan Guzman

Director Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion

guzmanj@unk.edu
(308) 865-8127

Luis Olivas

Luis Olivas

Diversity Coordinator

olivasherrlr@unk.edu
(308) 865-8127

Abel Juan

Abel Juan

Diversity & Community Outreach Counselor

juanaf@unk.edu
(308) 865-8704

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