Alyssa Hogue, an advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels of any organization, is Civic Nebraska’s new people and culture coordinator. She began the new position earlier this month.
As a member of our administration team, Alyssa plays a key role: ensuring a positive and successful work environment for all staff, with a special emphasis on our dozens of part-time CLC employees based in elementary, middle, and high schools in Lincoln and Omaha. She assists with hiring and onboarding, maintains personnel files, coordinates annual reviews for part-time staff, and helps review policies and procedures with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
“My passion is to create an environment that makes all individuals feel included and that they are an integral part of the team. Without our part-time staff, we cannot accomplish our mission,” Alyssa said. “Understanding the wants and needs of our staff members, and preparing them to make a difference in this constantly changing world, is what I can do to leave this place better than I found it.”
Alyssa came to Nebraska from Milwaukee in 2013 to study hospitality, restaurant, and tourism management at the University of Nebraska. During her time as an undergraduate, she gravitated toward leadership and diversity coursework, culminating in a teaching assistant role for a senior-level leadership class under the direction of Helen Fagan, an assistant professor of practice in Nebraska U.’s Agricultural Leadership, Education & Communication program.
She earned a master’s degree in sports management from Texas A&M, with research centered on the importance of providing opportunities to athletes of all ages to succeed on and off the field. In College Station, she was a graduate assistant with the 12th Man Foundation, overseeing a diverse part-time game-day staff of about 100 who were responsible for providing a first-class experience to premium Aggie seat-holders.
Alyssa and her husband Reese live in Ashland, where Reese teaches history and social studies and coaches softball, basketball, and track, meaning that Alyssa spends many evenings and weekends watching Ashland-Greenwood compete. She enjoys spending time with students and families in the Bluejay community – and with the rest of her free time, being outside, making playlists for every mood, and staying active.
She and Reese also enjoy checking items off their bucket list, which includes reading books together, going to as many museums as possible, exploring western Nebraska and the Badlands, finding new hiking trails throughout Nebraska, and visiting a state neither of them has been to (such as Maine).
“I believe that life is for growing, changing, and evolving,” she said. “I find excitement in what’s to come and the people I haven’t met yet, and I believe that we are all better together.”
Please join us in welcoming Alyssa to Civic Nebraska. She’s at firstname.lastname@example.org.