Meeting of Students and Faculty


Our Mission

The mission of AFIRE is to promote inclusion, respect, and equity for faculty, staff and students in the College of Education and Human Sciences (CEHS) at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln by: (1) advocating community building (2) promoting participation in CEHS and university diversity inclusive activities (3) advancing CEHS’s mission of “enhancing the lives of individuals, schools, families, and communities and strengthening the relationships among them.” and (4) increasing awareness, knowledge, and skills that facilitate CEHS’ mission as noted above.

The CEHS AFIRE program is in alignment with campus-wide efforts focused on inclusive excellence. To learn more, click here.

Our Initiatives

(A) Advocacy for equity in policies and practices like promotion, tenure, and evaluation of employees (B) Support for Resolution of Complaints of Discrimination or Inequity (C) Education about awareness, knowledge, and skills for inclusive excellence (D) Community building to live out our vision of equity (E) Support for CEHS leadership enacting inclusive excellence in communications, programs, policies affecting the college and its students, staff, and faculty.

Current Issues

Failed CRT Ban

CEHS AFIRE is in solidarity with Associated Students of the University of Nebraska and the Anti-racist Co-leaders in their advocacy rejecting Regent Pillen’s failed proposal to ban CRT at University of Nebraska. We applaud the advocacy efforts of the many groups on campus to protect our abilities to live, learn, and work in an environment where we can exchange diverse points of view, challenge each other in the interest of justice, and learn from our history. We are glad that the tenets of academic freedom and free speech, advocated for by students, staff, faculty, and community members were upheld by the Regents. At the same time, attacks on the truth about racial justice and attempts to limit discussions of discrimination and inequities may continue to occur. We will advocate on those issues and alongside those who may be targeted.

CEHS students, faculty, and staff can reach out to us through or attend our meetings to connect with the advocacy team.

Support for APIDA Community

AFIRE has issued a letter to UNL expressing needs for change in solidarity with Asian Pacific Islander Desi American people. Read more here.

Call for Solidarity

AFIRE has issued a Statement on Interlocking Oppression and a Call for Solidarity. Read more

UNL Report

UNL has the UNL Report incident reporting system link at the footer of most university webpages. Report non-emergency incidents to UNL Report by clicking here. Anyone can make a report that is reviewed by a university team (Look for and click on UNL Report). Emergency reports should be directed to 911 or University Police at 472-2222. Contact AFIRE at for consultation or support with reporting.

AFIRE Meetings

Fall 2021 All students, faculty, and staff of CEHS are warmly invited to join AFIRE and attend AFIRE meetings. Come to the introductory meeting to learn more about AFIRE on Thursday, 8/26 from 4:30-5:30pm in TEAC 138 or Friday, August 27 from 12-1pm via General member meetings will be August 31, 12-1:30pm; September 15, 2-3:30pm; November 3, 2 - 3:30pm.

RSO Grants

Congrats to our 2021 RSO Grant Award Winners! This year we are able to give $200 to each of the following registered student organizations: Bosnian American Student Alliance, Trauma Informed Educators, and the International Student Advisory Board. AFIRE is fortunate to be able to award these grants with funding from the CEHS Dean's Office. The purpose of the grants are to support registered student organizations, who are serving and supporting minoritized students, and to create more connections between these organizations and CEHS students.


"Exploring the Applicability of Jotería Studies in Education: The Intersection of Queer and Latinx/a/o Identities” Sergio Gonzalez, M.A., M.ED. Claremont Graduate University Friday September 24th, 11:00am - 12:00 p.m. Click here to register.
Engaging the Student Activist in Postsecondary Education: Exploring the Actors, Contexts, Tactics, and Strategies Demetri Morgan, PH.D. Assistant Professor & Program Chair Loyola University Chicago Friday, October 22nd, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Click here to register.
I am blossoming: Overcoming the Ultimate Evil Denisha Michele Seals, CEO & Founder, Water2Spirit Friday, October 29th, 12:00 - 1:00p.m. Click here to register.
Inequities in Human Responses to Climate Change Robert Shepard, PH.D. University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Jim Benes, M.S. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Friday, November 19th, 12:00 - 1:00p.m. Click here to register.

This program is funded in part through an Inclusive Excellence Development grant.

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