University of Nebraska - Lincoln: Psychosocial Well-Being Initiative Grant

Psychosocial Well-Being Initiative Grant

Allies for Diversity: Creating Conditions for Student Well-Being is a dialogue based project nested in a larger, comprehensive university effort to make the campus more welcoming and a place where all students have the opportunity to flourish. Although we recognize the need for all members of the UNL community to share responsibility to address the complex issue surrounding race and ethnicity, this project focuses on helping faculty and staff develop their skills to facilitate difficult discussions around race, diversity and inclusion. The project, entitled “Dine, Dialogue and Pass It On,” was informed by a series of lectures by Dr. Shelly Tochluk, author of Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It. “Pass It On” is an interactive conversation using customized playing cards featuring questions that prompt healthy and challenging discussions. Ultimately the goal of “Pass it On” is to develop and/or practice skills that can be passed along to increase the inclusivity of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus community and reduce the student self-identified barriers to intervening when observing a problematic situation.

Primary Investigators: Linda Major, Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Lmajor1@unl.edu

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