The panelists below will share more about how they got interested in their field and provide advice and insight to UNL students looking to break into these fields.
Susie Owens (she/her/hers)
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Program Manager, Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce
What sparked your interest in this field?
From the time I started noticing inequalities, I wanted to do something proactive to help. A career in DEI allows me to help make my community a more inclusive and equitable place.
How did you gain experience when you were a student completing your undergraduate degree?
I gained experience through work/internship experiences. As an undergraduate student I worked at Love Library, as an events intern for the Office of Admissions and as a New Student Enrollment Leader. Each experience helped me learn something about myself and what I wanted in a future job.
Who is someone that influenced your career and professional development?
There are so many! In CEHS- Dr. Cody Hollist, Dr. Springer, and Sharon Moser. Also, my sorority sisters in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. both alum who at the university and the undergraduate membes while I was a student.
What is one important skill you’ve had to acquire and hone as you’ve grown in your career?
Connecting with others and maintaining those relationships over time. It’s valuable to connect with mentors just to give updates and not only when you need something.