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Kassebaum, Karen
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University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Canfield Administration Building South (ADMS) 407
Lincoln, NE 68588-0438

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Family & Consumer Sciences Education - Instructor


Karen Kassebaum is a native of Chicago, Ill. She is a professional educator and trainer in the field of diversity, inclusion, mentoring and student-athlete college transition success.

Kassebaum earned an undergraduate degree in elementary education, a master's degree in curriculum and instruction with a minor in educational psychology and a doctorate in educational administration with a focus on diversity recruitment and student leadership development. Her dissertation topic looked at diversity recruitment at predominately white institutions, and her graduate internship consisted of her creating and currently supervising a student-athlete transitional peer mentoring program made up of 156+ Husker Track and Field/Cross Country student athletes from across the country known as Athlete2Athlete.

Kassebaum brings over 19 years of experience in higher education. She currently serves as the director of staff diversity and inclusion at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Human Resources. She is responsible for diversifying the talent workforce and conducting diversity and inclusion workshops and for retention efforts. She also teaches in the College of Education and Human Sciences at the UNL. Kassebaum serves as an advisor for the Black Graduate Association and serves on the Social Racial Justice committee for the YWCA. She believes that everyone is diverse and has a culture and that we all have something to offer the world. She believes: “I am an expert of my own lived experience.”


Ph.D. in Educational Administration, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2014

M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction/ Educational Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1999

B.A. in Elementary Education K-8, Doane University, 1996