Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Committee

Proud to collaborate with the university's Diversity At UNL initiative.

Mission Statement

The College of Arts and Sciences Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Committee works closely with the university to ensure the equal right of every member of our community—students, staff, and faculty—to be included, supported, and heard.  As educators, we value multiple perspectives and embrace excellence through diversity of all kinds, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic status, religion, age, national origin, physical ability, and neurological difference.  Diversity and inclusion are everyone’s responsibility.

2016 IDEA Inventory Results PDF

Request Co-Sponsorships

The committee welcomes requests from students, staff, and faculty to co-sponsor speakers and events that help fulfill the committee’s mission.

IDEA StatementFebruary 12, 2018

“The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Committee of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln condemns racism and all forms of bigotry. Despite our best efforts, instances and attitudes of these behaviors occur on our campus and may continue to occur. We strive for inclusive classrooms, an inclusive college, and an inclusive community in which all students, staff, and faculty have a voice. One of the great challenges of an inclusive and diverse community arises when one or more of these voices challenges the core of those beliefs in diversity. Our response must include engaged dialogue that fosters equity and access while embracing freedom of speech. Our classrooms, college, and community must be physically safe environments in which we can all take every opportunity to be curious, to think, and to learn.”

Committee Members

  • David Berkowitz, professor of chemistry
  • Ken Bloom, professor of physics and astronomy
  • Chad Brassil, committee co-chair and associate professor of biological sciences
  • James Garza, associate professor of history and ethnic studies
  • Debra Hope, committee co-chair and professor of psychology
  • Thomas Marley, professor of mathematics
  • Mirhuanda Meeks, staff in English
  • Max Mueller, assistant professor of classics and religious studies
  • Kenneth Price, professor of English
  • Leen-kiat Soh, professor of computer science
  • Isabel Velazquez, associate professor of modern languages and literatures