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Diversity & Inclusion at NMC

DEI-NMC-Lockup“Diversity, equity and inclusion is important at Nebraska Methodist College because it helps every student and employee show up each day without fear of being their true selves. The more diverse the college becomes, the better we’re able to serve the needs of the healthcare community. NMC is a place where YOU belong.” - Dr. Deb Carlson, President and CEO 

Belonging Builds Community

Mission

Strengthening our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is vital to Nebraska Methodist College’s mission of positively impacting the health and well-being of the community through quality healthcare education and community engagement.

Strategy

As an institution educating future healthcare professionals, we recognize the importance of creating a diverse and inclusive learning environment and preparing our students to enter their professional practice with a strong foundation for providing care with respect and equity to diverse populations.

As an employer, we strive to create an environment where people feel valued and empowered at work. We’re committed to honoring one another’s differences and upholding our culture of caring and empathy.

As an organization committed to creating positive change through community outreach, we recognize the value of deepening our impact by working with organizations that provide services to diverse groups of people. We’ll continue our efforts to partner with organizations and public entities that uplift communities in need.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives

Diversity Statement: Nebraska Methodist College respects the dignity and inherent worth of all people. We value inclusion, diversity, equity, social justice and human rights. We accept the responsibility to educate individuals to foster cultural diversity and inclusivity in their professional practice.

Center for Diversity & Community Engagement (CDCE)

The Center for Diversity and Community Engagement works to create an inclusive environment where the NMC community can build a culture of belonging and engagement, reflective of the greater community we serve. The Center coordinates meaningful and mutually beneficial community engagement experiences to address diverse college and community needs, creates positive social change towards equitable health and cultivates active citizen leaders.

Social Justice and Inclusion Council

The Social Justice and Inclusion Council addresses issues of diversity and inclusion at NMC. The council facilitates implicit bias training for faculty and staff, provides monthly forums on different diversity and inclusion topics and more.

Contact Us

Students, faculty, staff and other members of the campus community are encouraged to report student concerns and/or situations that may be in conflict with established standards of behavior as outlined in the College Code of Conduct. If members of the campus community are exhibiting concerning behavior that may result in harmful, threatening or disruptive conduct, or if you have a concern or complaint about something at the College, file a report here.

With questions, concerns, kudos and suggestions, contact Kiley Petersmith at (402) 354-7138 or kiley.petersmith@nmhs.org.

Community Involvement and Impact Statements

  • Annual Pride Day Parade - NMC has attended this event since 2015, volunteering at first aide stations, staffing a booth and participating with the Nebraska Methodist Health System.
  • World Refugee Day - Nursing students have volunteered at this event. NMC has provided scholarship funds and donated food for the event.
  • Omaha Freedom Festival for Juneteenth - NMC’s Mobile Diabetes Unit provided free diabetes and blood pressure screenings in 2021.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service - Staff and faculty volunteer throughout the community. Past volunteering has taken place at the Teen Center, Together, Inc. and the NMC Food Pantry. Inspirational cards have been created and delivered to Completely Kids, which empowers kids and families with the skills necessary to break the cycle of poverty, and to Black and Pink, which provides support to system-impacted LGBTQIA+ young people.
  • World Food Day Pack the Pantry - Donation drive for the NMC Food Pantry.
  • Black Family Health and Wellness Association, Inc. Annual Health Fair - NMC has provided free health screenings.
  • Atlanta Spa Shooting and Anti-Asian Bias, March 2021 - Prayer request for the eight women who were killed and their families, and a reminder of NMC’s zero tolerance policy for hate, bigotry, bullying and violence from President Dr. Deb Carlson.
  • Condemnation of Insurrection in the U.S. Capitol Building, Jan. 6, 2021 - “Nebraska Methodist College condemns the acts of violence and terrorism displayed at the Nation’s capitol this week. The events that have taken place, in the midst of a global pandemic, amplify the importance of NMC’s commitment to developing educated citizens and future health professionals who may positively influence the health and well-being of our community and address the challenges and divisiveness we face as a nation.” - Social Justice and Inclusion Council.
  • Murder of James Scurlock, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, 2020 - Message from NMC President Dr. Deb Carlson condemning racism and violence and calling for action. The Social Justice and Inclusion Council provided faculty, staff and students with a list of anti-racist resources and actionable steps.
  • Joint Statement of United Methodist affiliated Colleges on Sexuality, January 2019 - A call for the addition of “gender, gender identity/expression and sexual orientation” in the United Methodist Church’s inclusion statement. This was approved unanimously.
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