Chancellor Harvey Perlman of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln has appointed the inaugural members of the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of People of Color. The commission has been established to advise the chancellor on issues pertaining to the specific concerns of faculty, staff, and students who are members of underrepresented minority groups on campus. Blacks make up 2 percent of the undergraduate students at the university.
Gwendolyn M. Combs, associate professor of business administration and chair of the commission’s faculty council stated that “many of the issues and concerns of the broader society often surface in the university community. The commission provides an excellent and necessary opportunity for the chancellor to be informed and advised regarding the challenges and disadvantages experienced by people of color at UNL. The members of the commission are very capable and dedicated to enhancing the diversity and inclusion climate on this campus.”
Dr. Combs holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology from Wellesley College in Massachusetts. She earned an MBA at Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. in organizational behavior from the University of Nebraska.