IANR Strategic Framework for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Valuing diversity. Creating opportunity. Accelerating inclusion. Fostering belonging. Maximizing impact. 

We value the contributions of each person and strive to make each interaction matter. We are committed to engaging in practices that demonstrate the value of diversity and inclusive excellence.

We recognize that valuing diversity through inclusive practices is fertile ground for creativity, innovation and a sense of belonging. This is precisely what is needed to tackle the grand challenges being addressed by the more than 1,900 faculty and staff and more than 3,100 students of the Institute. 

In fulfilling our mission related to teaching and learning, research, and extension, we consider and implement ways to respect and value each person’s background, experience, ability, ideology, culture, and identity. The degree to which we can create a welcoming and inclusive environment is the degree to which we can maximize our impact, both today and into the future.

We are actively looking for people who will contribute to the diversity of the IANR community. We strongly encourage applications for faculty, staff, and administrator positions from groups who are underrepresented in the fields and disciplines related to agriculture, natural resources, and the human sciences.

Our strategic direction related to diversity, equity and inclusion is closely aligned with and contributes to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s N2025 strategic plan.

Activities and initiatives in IANR are coordinated with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion. These activities and initiatives are designed to address progress in four areas: diversity, equity, inclusion, and sense of belonging. As reflected in the following imperfect illustration, acknowledging the importance of diversity, and enhancing and valuing it are the foundation on which all other efforts build.

We recognize that initiatives in any one of these four areas do not necessarily result in progress. For example, addressing issues related to our diversity profile do not necessarily lead to an improvement in inclusion, equity, and belongingness. However, examining our diversity profile can lead to questions and initiatives that address the unique issues within each of these other areas. We are intentional about pursuing initiatives to address the unique issues within each of these four areas. Only by doing this can we maximize impact.