Committed to inclusion

We drive inclusion and belonging to achieve innovation, equity, and excellence in the global community. We achieve this by focusing on three commitments highlighted below.


Drive inclusion and belonging

We foster and sustain a diverse campus, inclusive climate, and strong internal and external community relations.
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Unleash inclusive leaders and teams

We strengthen institutional learning, education, service, and scholarship for success in the global community.

Expand equity and success

We improve access, equity, and success by closing equity gaps and eliminating structural barriers, especially for historically underrepresented and marginalized community members.
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Our offices


Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Luis Sotelo, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Leah Cech, DEI Program Coordinator


Office of Religious and Spiritual Life

Religious and Spiritual Life provides resources and connections for those of all religious, secular, and spiritual identities among our students, faculty, and staff. We also recognize an individual's additional diverse identities that may play a role in how they seek spiritual growth and a religious community. Our office is here to engage with you on all religious, secular and spiritual questions and to help you make connections in our communities. We can also refer you to one-on-one connections in our communities or for one-on-one sessions with a Spiritual Director.

Leah Cech, Director

Campus Advocacy, Prevention, and Education (CAPE) Project

The CAPE Project for Doane University will shift campus and community social norms to increase trauma-informed networks of support for survivors of interpersonal violence while decreasing incidents of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking through inclusive prevention and education programs.

Get in touch with CAPE Project:

Office of Veteran and Military Services

Assimilating to college life can be difficult, especially after serving in the armed services. Our Office of Veteran and Military Services serves as a resources to our military-connected students to ensure a smooth and successful transition.

Sarah McNeel, Director


Nexus Center for Inclusive Excellence

The Nexus Center serves as the home of the DEI Division offices. We’d love for you to drop by and visit us on the lower level of Perry Campus Center.

Additional DEI resources

Whether you’re looking for guidance on policies and procedures or need to report an incident, we’re compiled some helpful resources for you all in one place.

Speakers bureau

Get connected with a diversity, equity and inclusion speaker for your next training or educational event.
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Artisan Mark owner Elayne Woods Jones stands behind the coffeeshop's counter. Behind her, a long, exposed brick wall extends to seating at the back of the shop, with warm lights overhead.

Community partnerships

We’re committed to partnering with leaders and organizations across the state to drive diversity, equity, inclusion, and engagement. With community, we accomplish remarkable things.

Faculty and staff inclusion network

The inclusion network helps faculty and staff connect socially with shared interests, backgrounds, identities, or pursuits and celebrate diversity to foster belonging.
Faculty and Staff Networking
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Student affinity groups

Identity-based groups center on shared identities around race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, international experience, military/veteran status, and religious beliefs and values.

Inclusive scholars

A scholarship and cohort-based experience of undergraduate residential students learning and growing together as the next generation of inclusive scholars and leaders.
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India Williams

Inclusive excellence leadership

We cultivate inclusive leadership within Nebraska’s rural nonprofit organizations, empowering participants to unleash meaningful change within their communities and organizations.