The Nebraska Board of Regents is proud to present a KUDOS Award to Karima Goodman, who supports the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) Department of Teacher Education as an administrative assistant.
Karima was roundly celebrated by her peers in her nomination with many calling out her ability to go above and beyond her duties, her inclusiveness, her willingness to share institutional knowledge with others, and her problem-solving abilities. Among the many tasks Karima is responsible for in her role include processing travel requests, budget management, hiring, training, and course scheduling. But, beyond that, Karima has been noted as stepping up to fill in gaps when needed.
“Karima is creative in producing ways to support our faculty and their needs with travel and other assistance,” one nominator says. “She often has other assistants in our college sitting at her desk learning a new system to support their departments and she is always willing to learn and takes part in various trainings throughout the year that expand her knowledge of new systems.”
As a constant learner, Karima is also someone who challenges conventions in a thoughtful and respectful manner, according to another nominator.
“Karima is willing to pose thoughtful questions, ones that stimulate discussion in the department and help to improve the processes and programs she supports.”
Many of her tasks require strong relationship-building and coordinating among multiple stakeholders, which one nominator says Karima handles with care and intentionality.
“She is always respectful, patient, and kind. She will stop her work to focus on your question and issue. When I have a question and I’m not sure who to ask, I often start with Karima.”
A common theme among her nominators was that the Department of Teacher Education “simply couldn’t run” without Karima’s efforts and that she is the gold standard.
“She makes all of us turn in every single form, and she also takes the time to teach us how to work out systems that many times look very complicated,” a nominator said. “I don’t know what Karima did to survive [during] COVID with all the moving pieces … I really hope she never leaves us.”
For her commitment to her peers, her focus on student success, and her willingness to always learn and grow, among many other qualities, Karima Goodman has shown true Maverick Spirit, is a vital member of the University of Nebraska System, and is a deserving recognition of this KUDOS Award.