2021 Partnerships

Nebraska Extension staff pose at the 2021 Afro Fest Omaha festival. It supports the festival by hosting a booth with community resources and partnering with Global Affairs to sponsor the event.
Nebraska Extension expands global support, engages local international community

Several university offices, including Nebraska Extension, the Office of Global Partnerships & Initiatives, Student Affairs, and the African Student Association, partnered to provide sponsorship and support for the 2021 Afro Fest Omaha. The annual festival honors Omaha’s expanding community of African refugees, immigrants, local businesses and entrepreneurs that mark one of the largest African immigrant populations in the United States, while also connecting communities across Nebraska.

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A father is reading a children’s book illustration to his baby.
Community partnership creates multicultural story repository for Lincoln children

For six weeks this summer, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln virtually engaged with 25 young African leaders from 17 countries as part of the U.S. State Department Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders in Civic Engagement Institute initiative. As part of the Leadership Institute’s community service component, each Fellow recorded childhood stories from their countries for providers from Lincoln Littles, a group supporting and advocating for high-quality early childhood education in the Lincoln community.

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Sandhya Karki, a junior from Nepal, performs a traditional dance from her country
Largest-ever International Education Week introduces students to new global opportunities

Every November, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln comes together to celebrate International Education Week and the benefits of a global education. 2021 marked the university’s largest-ever IEW celebrations with more than 100 events organized to highlight the wealth of global opportunities available to students and the international experiences of the Husker community.

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A Zoom screenshot of 20 UNL students attending the guest lecture by former Irish Prime Minister, Berti Ahern.
New Global Experiences courses offer creative alternatives to study abroad

What better way to learn about conflict resolution than first-hand from one of the architects of Ireland's Good Friday Agreement, former prime minister Berti Ahern? Or to connect with Yazidi culture by growing a garden with the local community? In the new summer course "Negotiating Peace: From Conflict to Coexistence" from the Global Studies program, 14 University of Nebraska-Lincoln students are exploring conflict resolution case studies from two countries in different stages of the process: Ireland and Syria. The courses are part of the new Global Experiences programs, which offer virtual and global-local experiential learning as alternatives to traditional study abroad programs. 

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