Native Leadership Symposium

November 30, 2016

Free Yourself:

Breaking the Shackles of Oppression.

The Native Leadership Symposium is part of NEBRASKA’s annual diversity leadership symposia series designed to enhance college access and leadership development. The series’ theme this year is Free Yourself: Breaking the Shackles of Oppression.

Students who are nominated to attend will celebrate the opportunities and discuss the challenges of Native culture. Students will attend sessions designed to address community-related issues and create a plan of action to address these issues. Students will also be able to tour campus. Additionally, attending this event will qualify students to be considered for the NEBRASKA Emerging Leaders tuition scholarship, worth $2,000 and renewable for four academic years.

This event prefers business attire. Please dress accordingly.

Cost: $5/person*—Sorry, no refunds.

Cost includes lunch and t-shirt.

*Fee waiver may be approved for students on free or reduced lunch at school.


Contact Liz Adams at or 402.472.4255 with any questions you may have.

Keynote Speaker

Chairman Vernon Miller

Chairman Vernon Miller is a member of the Thunder Clan from the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska. He was elected to the Omaha Tribal Council on November 5, 2013. Miller was then elected as Chairman in November, 2014, where he also serves on the Tribal Government Committee, Tribal Resources Committee, and Health, Education, & Welfare Committee. He has been appointed to the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs. As a member of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association and Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Health Board, Miller serves on the Tribal Interior Budget Council for the U.S. Department of Interior, the U.S. SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Tribal Technical Advisory Council, the National Institutes of Health Tribal Consultation Advisory Council Alternate, and has recently been appointed to the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee. He is the former High School Business Teacher at Omaha Nation Public Schools on the Omaha Tribal Reservation in Macy, Nebraska. Miller was named Teacher of the Year by the National Indian Education Association in 2010, and was recognized in 2012 as Indian Country's 40 under 40 by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. Chairman Miller is also a National Racial Equity & Healing Fellow with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, an AIO (Americans for Indian Opportunity) 2010-2011 Ambassador, and has recently selected as a fellow with the New Leader’s Council: Omaha Chapter. He is a 2006 graduate of the College of Education and Human Sciences, at the University of Nebraska.


Time Event
9:15 a.m.

Registration and Check-in

Check-in will begin at 9:15 a.m. in the City Campus Union (1400 R St). At check-in, we will validate your parking and give you the necessary materials for your day ahead.

10:00 a.m.

Welcome to NEBRASKA

Dr. Amber Williams, Director of Admissions
Keynote Speaker: Vernon Miller — University of Nebraska–Lincoln Alumni, Omaha Tribal Chairman

11:00 a.m.

City Campus Tour

Experience what life is like as a student at NEBRASKA. Walking will be involved during the City Campus Tour, so we recommend wearing comfortable shoes.

12:30 p.m.


Enjoy lunch in one of our on-campus dining halls—the cost will be covered in your $5 registration fee.

1:30 p.m.

University of Nebraska–Lincoln Community Panel

Successful leaders at NEBRASKA understand and educate themselves on the ever-changing issues and perspectives within their communities. Regardless of your experiences and knowledge, you should remain committed to challenging yourself to think critically about issues from all angles. This panel of NEBRASKA students will engage community members to explore topics from your perspective and through the lens of others in the community.

2:00 p.m.

Next Steps at Nebraska

Admissions staff will review the application process, important deadlines, and answer questions.

2:30 p.m.


Closing keynote presentation from Vernon Miller: Breaking the shackles of oppression.

Check-In & Registration