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Social Justice and Inclusion Council

History

The Social Justice and Inclusion Council was created in 2017 to address issues of diversity and inclusion at Nebraska Methodist College.

Purpose

Develop processes and goals that include the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to create learning environments that foster equitable participation of all groups and seek to address issues of oppression, privilege, and power.

Council Members

Chairs

Allison Kinney-Walker and Kiley Petersmith

Members

Melissa Kimmerling, Hilary Applequist, Jillian Krumbach, Jackie Lee, Melissa Siedlik, Lori Shaw-Warren, Lisa Johnson, Whitney Robertson, Marsha Yembi and Natalie Dowty

Institutional Cultural Diversity and Inclusivity 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. 

Programs/Initiatives

  1. Conducts DEI survey annually for all students/faculty/staff
  2. Facilitates trainings on Implicit Bias, microaggressions, and microresistance strategies for faculty/staff
  3. Hosts events for Black History Month, Lunar New Year, Pride, Women's History Month etc
  4. Hosts monthly open forums for faculty/staff to explore DEI topics (in 2021-2022: anti-Muslim hate/religious tolerance, fat shaming, recruiting faculty/staff of color, coping with the COVID crisis, sharing data from Student DEI survey, & trans issues in healthcare and education).
  5. Provides monthly educational materials on different diversity and inclusion topics, including food insecurity, racial and gender issues, respecting people with disabilities, and other social justice issues
  6. Developed student Social Justice & Inclusion Facebook group and have hosted sustained dialogue conversations with student body.
  7. Works collaboratively with the Director of DEI at NMHS, including participation in strategic and action planning for the health system
  8. Work collaboratively with NMC Faculty Senate Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) committee to address DEI within learning spaces.
  9. Supports NMC's food pantry

Open Forum Topic Discussions

2021

  • January - MLK Day
  • February - Black History Month
  • March - Women's History Month
  • April - COVID and Racial Disparities in Healthcare
  • May - Inclusivity from Start to Finish at NMC
  • September - Celebrating Religious Diversity and Addressing Anti-Muslim Sentiment (20th anniversary of 9/11)
  • October - Implicit Bias in Higher Education
  • November - Recruiting and Retaining Faculty and Staff of Color
  • December - Weight Bias and Body Shaming in Healthcare

Events/Presentations

  • Inclusive Communities keynote speaker
  • NMHS inclusive communities workshops for faculty/staff
  • Implicit bias training at leadership forum
  • Busting our Biases presentation
  • “I am 400” poster presentation
  • College students and poverty
  • Supporting NMC food pantry with the Pack the Pantry event