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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.

Support for Co-leaders & Chancellor and the Anti-Racism and Equity Plan

CEHS AFIRE issues statement in Support for Co-leaders & Chancellor and the Anti-Racism and Equity Plan

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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

Spring 2022 All students, faculty, and staff of CEHS are warmly invited to join AFIRE and attend AFIRE meetings. Thursday, 2/24 from 1:30-2:30pm, iChange will talk with us about their activities. iChange is a program about increasing inclusive excellence in faculty recruitment, hiring and retention practices. Here is a link for the meeting: General AFIRE member meetings TBA.

RSO Grants

Congrats to our 2021 RSO Grant Award Winners! We were 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.


"Restoring the Sacred” Hybrid. With Renee Sans Souci of the Umo ho Nation. Sponsored by AFIRE, Faculty Senate and ODI Willa Cather, Red Cloud A - March 10, 2022. 5:30pm RSVP here.
Panel on Academic Programs' support of International Students co-sponsored by ISAB Moderator: Meena Pannirselvam. Panelists: Uma Ganesan, Hector Palala Martinez, Yi Xuen Tay, Dr. Taeyeon Kim, Dr. Stephanie Bondi Thursday, April 14th 2022. 12pm-1pm Click here to register.
Simultaneously Hyper-visible & Invisible: Understanding Common Experiences of BIPoC Students /Educators in Predominantly White Spaces and Reimagining Affirming Spaces Where They Can Thrive Virtual. With Dr. Amanda Morales Rescheduled to Friday, April 29th, 2022. 12pm-1pm Click here to register.

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

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