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Published:  July 22, 2020

As of July 1, 2020, Aileen Warren, assistant vice chancellor and director of the UNMC Office of Human Resources since 2014, also now leads the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Office of Human Resources.

At UNO, Warren will replace Cecil Hicks, Jr., who has been named UNO’s first associate vice chancellor for diversity, equity, access and inclusion (DEAI), also effective July 1.

Warren, who earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UNO, brings more than 30 years’ experience in employee and community development, previously serving in positions with First National Bank of Omaha, WorldCom and First Data.

As a result of these changes, joint operations of UNO and UNMC’s Office of Human Resources will continue moving forward, which will allow for supplemental, operational efficiencies and cost-savings across the two campuses.

“Aileen Warren is very well suited to assume this responsibility. She has extensive knowledge and experience in all of the key areas of human resources,” Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D., said. “From the exceptional respect she has among her colleagues, to her knowledge of the UNO campus, to her ongoing involvement in employee engagement and career development, she will be a remarkable asset to UNO.”

A transition period is currently underway to help refine processes between the two units; however, day-to-day operations and leadership among key areas such as benefits, payroll and employee relations will not change.

Source:  Press Release, UNMC and UNO

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Keith Station appointed as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager for City of Omaha

Published:  July 25, 2020

Mayor Jean Stothert has named Keith Station to lead the City of Omaha’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategy.

“Keith is an experienced and respected leader,” said Mayor Jean Stothert.  “His lifelong connections to Omaha, our community partners and our business community will be a great asset to our focus on building a more inclusive city government and City.”

On June 25, Mayor Stothert announced a series of actions to solicit public input, and develop a strategic plan for diversity, equity and training throughout city government.  Station’s responsibilities will include these initial steps:

  • Name a Community Advisory Board
  • Name a City Employee Advisory Board
  • Develop a strategic plan for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in city government
  • Expand diverse representation on city boards and commissions
  • Expand racial diversity in all departments including police and fire departments
  • Complete mandatory bias training for all city employees

Station is currently the Director of Business Relations at Heartland Workforce Solutions.  He has experience in employment, fair housing, bias training and education, strategic planning, non-profit administration, and volunteer work.

“I can’t fully describe how much of an honor it is to be able to serve my community in this role.  I’m thinking of so many family, friends, mentors and colleagues who have contributed to helping me prepare for this moment,” said Station.  “Working to help make the City of Omaha a more equitable community for all of its citizens is the opportunity of a lifetime. I am grateful to Mayor Stothert for entrusting me with this awesome duty, and I am excited to meet my new colleagues, and to get to work!”

Station holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Masters  Degree from Indiana University-Bloomington.

Station will start on September 7.

Source:  Press Release, City of Omaha

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Keith Station appointed as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager for City of Omaha

Published:  July 25, 2020

Mayor Jean Stothert has named Keith Station to lead the City of Omaha’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategy.

“Keith is an experienced and respected leader,” said Mayor Jean Stothert.  “His lifelong connections to Omaha, our community partners and our business community will be a great asset to our focus on building a more inclusive city government and City.”

On June 25, Mayor Stothert announced a series of actions to solicit public input, and develop a strategic plan for diversity, equity and training throughout city government.  Station’s responsibilities will include these initial steps:

  • Name a Community Advisory Board
  • Name a City Employee Advisory Board
  • Develop a strategic plan for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in city government
  • Expand diverse representation on city boards and commissions
  • Expand racial diversity in all departments including police and fire departments
  • Complete mandatory bias training for all city employees

Station is currently the Director of Business Relations at Heartland Workforce Solutions.  He has experience in employment, fair housing, bias training and education, strategic planning, non-profit administration, and volunteer work.

“I can’t fully describe how much of an honor it is to be able to serve my community in this role.  I’m thinking of so many family, friends, mentors and colleagues who have contributed to helping me prepare for this moment,” said Station.  “Working to help make the City of Omaha a more equitable community for all of its citizens is the opportunity of a lifetime. I am grateful to Mayor Stothert for entrusting me with this awesome duty, and I am excited to meet my new colleagues, and to get to work!”

Station holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Masters  Degree from Indiana University-Bloomington.

Station will start on September 7.

Source:  Press Release, City of Omaha

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Dr. Sheritta Strong named as Director of Inclusion at UNMC, reporting to Chancellor Gold

Published:  July 25, 2020

Effective July 1, Sheritta Strong, M.D., became the director of inclusion at UNMC, reporting to Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D.

Dr. Strong, an assistant professor in the UNMC Department of Psychiatry, became director of inclusion on an interim basis on Feb. 1. She now takes the role on a permanent basis.

Dr. Strong took over the new position, designed to help UNMC meet and expand its goals in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion, at a time when the nation as a whole was continuing to come to grips with the longstanding effects of structural racism.

As protests were held over the deaths of Black men and persons of color — including George Floyd in Minneapolis and James Scurlock and Zachary Bearheels in Omaha — Dr. Strong was working with campus leaders and the UNMC community to foster a more inclusive and welcoming environment that is receptive to the changes required to increase diversity, equity and inclusion.

“This is a pivotal moment in the history of race relations in the United States,” Dr. Strong said. “With initiatives such as a leadership listening sessions, campus participation in the nationwide ‘White Coats for Black Lives’ event, creating this position and prioritizing inclusive space on campus, UNMC has shown it is open to being part of a positive change. I could not step away from this position now, when so much still needs to be done and so many people at UNMC are working hard to be part of making things better for the entire community.”

Dr. Strong said she has been asked multiple times about where to start.

“To begin having these tough conversations about racism and inclusivity, I recommend the resources from the McGoogan Health Sciences Library,” she said. “To further these conversations, we all must have a basic understanding of the forces in place that oppress marginalized groups in our society.”

UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D., who appointed Dr. Strong in February, said the campus already has benefited from her work.

“Dr. Strong is an accomplished and passionate leader, and UNMC is fortunate to have her in this role,” he said. “We are a health care leader in the community, the state and the nation, and we need to lead in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as attacking health disparities in the communities that we serve. Dr. Strong is well positioned to help UNMC become a more inclusive campus that provides serious medicine and extraordinary care tothe people of the entire community.”

Source:  Press Release, UNMC

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