WHEREAS, the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska is committed to serving all Nebraskans and recognizes that it is critical for the success of the University and the competitive advantage of the state and this nation to open the doors of opportunity to all by increasing the rate of college going, especially in sectors where the state's population is growing; and
WHEREAS, that commitment is reflected in goals that were adopted by the Board in April 1991 and reconfirmed in December 1996; goals adopted by the Board in February 1993 and reconfirmed in February 1997; goals set forth in the Strategic Framework adopted by the Board; and a resolution adopted in January 2008; and
WHEREAS, the State of Nebraska is becoming more diverse in many ways, including race, ethnicity, and national origin, and the University has a responsibility to provide outreach and informational and support programs to promote and foster access, persistence and success necessary if our state and its people are to prosper; and
WHEREAS, the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska recognizes the importance of global engagement and thus seeks to increase the number of international students attending the University, the number of University students who participate in academic experiences abroad, and the number of faculty who participate in international opportunities; and
WHEREAS, the Board of Regents understands that efforts to legally promote the compelling interest of diversity at the University within the parameters allowed by state and federal law are necessary to ensure the quality of education required for our students and our state to remain competitive in the global economy; and
WHEREAS, the Board of Regents has received a guidance document on Enhancing Diversity from the University's General Counsel and has considered the same in preparing this resolution; and
WHEREAS, the Board of Regents has incorporated broad diversity and equal opportunity into the University's educational, research, outreach, study abroad, service, and creative endeavors with the specific aim of recognizing the ongoing need to remove barriers to the recruitment, retention and advancement of talented students, faculty and staff from historically under-represented populations;
NOW THEREFORE, Be it resolved by the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska that:
1) Enhancing Diversity. The University will fully employ measures to achieve broad diversity in the University's student body and workforce as permitted by state and federal law.
2) Statement of Intent for Compliance. To the extent the Board of Regents, the University or its campuses have from time to time enacted related goals for broadening diversity or employed measures or published materials and other criteria that take into consideration race and gender in accord with relevant decisions of the United States Supreme Court and with state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin and disability, such goals, measures, materials and other criteria from and after December 10, 2008, shall be interpreted, applied and implemented consistent with the requirements of state and federal law including Article I, Section 30 of the Nebraska Constitution. To the extent that any provision or element of the same is in conflict with state or federal law, such provision or element is no longer intended to be implemented.