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Nebraska to Host 4th Annual Diversity and Inclusion Summit

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska Athletics will hosts its 4th annual Diversity and Inclusion Summit, focusing on the Power of Sport and the Power of Music. The themes will reveal how two common constants in our everyday lives, drive the message of inclusion.

The 2019 Summits will take place on Sunday, February 10th and Monday February 11th at the Bob Devaney Sports Center Main Arena. All Nebraska student-athletes will attend the Sunday session, whereas all athletic department staff members will attend the Monday morning Summit.

This year’s Summit will feature the Brazilian Twins, a musical group based in Iowa. Born and raised in Brazil, Walter and Wagner were exposed to detrimental living conditions as young boys growing up. Their father, a musical instrument maker, urged the twins to play and practice violin. As time passed, the Twins would go on to perform throughout Brazil, and eventually throughout the United States, showcasing their musical talent and promoting their message of positivity. Enrolling in the University of Northern Iowa, Walter and Wagner transitioned from international, previously unknown students to campus favorites, and eventually, full time performers, impacting thousands of music lovers with their energy, passion, and diverse upbringing.

There will also be a special segment dedicated to Special Olympics Nebraska. Special Olympics Nebraska is a non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect across the state. Local Special Olympics staff and athletes will attend the Summit, providing real life examples of their stories of inclusion, respect, acceptance and unity. Rachel Mulligan, a Papillion, Nebraska native, will speak about her personal journey with Special Olympics. Mulligan serves as an ambassador for the organization, often speaking to groups about her personal journey with Special Olympics and Inclusion.

With a diverse lineup, activities, and a student-athlete panel to add, the 2019 Diversity and Inclusion Summit will allow those in attendance to discover commonalities, differences, and allow attendants to become more self-aware about their own personal diversity. It is an opportunity to have a dialogue about all different aspects of diversity and inclusion.


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