Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity

The mission of the Concordia University, Nebraska Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity is to research, identify, create awareness and mitigate racism in all of its forms within the Concordia campus community while also increasing the cultural competency of Concordia’s students, faculty and staff. 

The newly-organized Commission met for its first time on Monday, August 24th. One of our first priorities as a Commission is to listen to our students. We want our students to feel and understand that this is their university. We are here to serve and to minister to them in all facets of life. We are able to do this academically, socially, athletically and spiritually. We have to seek to understand how they feel in order for us to meet their needs. 

As a Commission, we are committed to taking the necessary steps to enhance the work that is already being done by many faculty and staff here at Concordia University, Nebraska. With the help of our students and alums, it is our job to fulfill this mission by keeping our promises (Community, Inquiry, Purpose and Wisdom), meeting our goals and seeing our vision through.​​​​​​​

Mission and Vision for the Commission

The mission of the Concordia University, Nebraska Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity is to research, identify, create awareness and mitigate racism in all of its forms within the Concordia campus community while also increasing the cultural competency of Concordia’s students, faculty and staff.

The vision of the Concordia University, Nebraska’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity will be to equip the Concordia Christ-centered community to recognize racism and alleviate it in a Christ-like manner.  The Commission will also research and implement a variety of academic, social and spiritual means for Concordia students, faculty and staff to excel as Christians in understanding and valuing people of various races, cultures and ethnicities even as God their Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier does.

The Commission will seek to use Lutheran Christian distinctives from God’s Word to fulfill its mission and vision in alignment with Concordia’s overall mission, vision and promises.  These Lutheran Christian distinctives for learning and action regarding racism and diversity will include but not be limited to all human beings created in the image of God and yet fallen in sin, all human beings being redeemed by God’s grace through faith in Christ alone, the use of Law and Gospel, the responsibility from God-given freedom in Christ to serve neighbor above self, employing God’s two kingdoms (strategies) for bringing order to earthly life and providing salvation through Christ to bestow forgiveness and eternal life and finally the biblical understanding of vocational callings in life to express Christ’s love for all of humanity.

Goals for the Commission

Goal 1 – Assess and Strengthen Curriculum and Instruction

Objective 1: Assess current curriculum and instruction to emphasize and commend current offerings and also consider opportunities to strengthen faculty and staff’s continued enacting of culturally responsive teaching.

Objective 2: Support and encourage faculty as they continue to integrate culturally diverse curricular dimensions and perspectives into their course offerings as well as exploring and utilizing additional ideas and resources.

Goal 2 – Retention and Graduations Rates for Diverse Students

Objective 1: Monitor and assess the graduation rate for students from diverse populations and implement improvements if needed.

Objective 2: Monitor and assess retention strategies for diverse populations of students through the examination of the different variables involved and develop as well as locate helpful resources as needed.

Goal 3 – Cultural Development and Recruitment of Diverse Staff and Faculty

Objective 1: Continuously develop and implement cultural proficiency to increase the knowledge, awareness, and skills for equipping faculty and staff in their work with Concordia’s growing diverse community of students and the diverse world into which graduates will live out their vocations.

Objective 2: Prayerfully consider increasing recruitment and retention of racially and ethnically diverse faculty, staff and various university partners at all levels of the University to advance Concordia’s engagement of diverse student populations.

Goal 4 – Cultural Development and Recruitment of Diverse Students

Objective 1: Continuously develop and implement culturally competent activities for students to increase their knowledge, awareness, and skills for their life together within our diverse community of students and the diverse world in which students will live out their vocations.

Objective 2: Increase the recruitment of racially and ethnically diverse students representing the population areas served by Concordia University, Nebraska and higher education offerings for serving in diverse communities.

Objective 3: Invite Concordia alumni who have experience and expertise in cultural proficiency to interact with current students to engage them in preparing for cultural diversity in their future vocations.

Goal 5 – Enhance Campus Diversity Attitudes and Activities

Objective 1: Review student campus activities to identify gaps in racial and ethnic awareness while also enhancing and embracing the diversity of backgrounds of students represented within such activities.

Objective 2: Provide ongoing emphases to regularly recognize academic, spiritual, artistic and athletic contributions of diverse scholars, theologians, musicians, artists, thespians, athletes and others. 

Objective 3:  Encourage student-developed and led observances, activities, servant events and cultural recognition events on campus.  

As a Commission, we are committed to taking the necessary steps to enhance the work that is already being done by many faculty and staff here at Concordia University, Nebraska. With the help of our students and alums, it is our job to fulfill this mission by keeping our promises (Community, Inquiry, Purpose and Wisdom), meeting our goals and seeing our vision through.

 

Commission Members:

  • Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing – Gary McDaniel
  • Vice President for Student Affairs and Athletics – Gene Brooks
  • Member of the Undergraduate Council – Dr. Tim Huntington
  • Faculty Member from the Business College – Jon Moberly
  • Faculty Member from the Health and Human Sciences College – Dr. Kristen Nugent
  • Faculty Member from the Arts and Sciences College – Bryan Moore
  • Two Members of the Athletic Department – Ben Limback and Patrick Daberkow
  • Director of Counseling and Student Affairs – Kathleen von Kampen
  • Mental Health Consultant – Kim Boyce
  • Director of Alumni and University Relations – Jen Furr
  • 8 Student Representatives
  • Member of the Theology Faculty – Rev. Dr. Paul Holtorf
  • Campus Pastor – Rev. Ryan Matthias
  • Multicultural Specialist – Von Thomas

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