Dean's Message

Commitment to Inclusion and Anti-Racist Action

June 5, 2020

In the wake of the killing of George Floyd in police custody, I know that many of our Black students and students of color are hurting. On behalf of the College of Arts and Sciences, we share your grief and anger.

The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to an interdisciplinary, liberal arts approach in promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and throughout our society. We condemn racism, bigotry, and injustice and stand in solidarity with all those using nonviolent means to demand justice and dignity for all people. The discrimination and fear that Blacks and other minorities experience today remains a barrier to equal justice and human dignity.

I believe as scholars, teachers, and engaged citizens, we have a shared responsibility to identify and uproot systemic racism within our primary institutions and advance social justice and equality. The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to the land grant mission of UNL and as the dean of the college, I am prepared to support our state leaders in their efforts to reform the criminal justice system and ensure justice and equal freedom for all people.

I expect our college to continue to listen to, respect, and offer support to our Black and underrepresented students, staff, and faculty as we strive to create and maintain a welcoming, safe, and inclusive environment for everyone.

Anti-racism resources

Mark E. Button

Mark E. Button
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Professor, Department of Political Science

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