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Dr. Nkenge Friday


Dr. Nkenge Friday is a diversity and inclusion strategist and a global leadership educator with a background supporting and leading organizational-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion operations, she currently serves as the Senior Assistant Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Focusing efforts on equity, inclusion, and diversity as an organizational-wide strategy, she has worked collaboratively throughout her career with leaders and constituents to develop strategic objectives, goals, and initiatives that align with collaborative-based frameworks, aligning organizational needs with industry trends and promising practices.

She has worked extensively in higher education at various universities and colleges in roles that range from teaching and administration and traveled to over 40 countries, developing, and delivering diversity research, education, and training to global communities. Her research includes the impact of nationalism on institutions of higher learning and leveraging diversity and inclusion for leadership, learning, and external engagement.

A certified qualified administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory, she received her BA from Tougaloo College, MA from the University of Oklahoma, MEd from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Doctor of Education from Nova Southeastern University

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