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Rebel Advocates

Rebel Advocates is a student organization made up of UNLV students who explore topics around identity and social justice. Rebel Advocate members are charged to raise awareness of pertinent issues to promote a culture of equity. This is done through dialogue, service, and educational based events.

Become a Rebel Advocate

UNLV students can become a Rebel Advocate at any time. By joining Rebel Advocates you’ll have the opportunity to identify, discuss and respond to issues that matter to members of our local, national and global community.

Rebel Advocates receive valuable experience that provides useful skills in the classroom and in our society. We are different from other student organizations because of how we define and approach our mission.

Rebel Advocates define social justice as both a process and a goal. Adams, Bell and Griffin (2007) state “the goal of social justice is full and equal participation of all groups in a society that is mutually shaped to meet their needs. Social Justice included a vision of society that is equitable and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure.”

We understand dialogue as is a mechanism to have an open and honest conversation with people different or similar from yourself and/or those who you may never have previously interacted with before. People who dialogue listen to understand, rather than debate to prove a point or persuade others. There is no winner, as the motive for dialogue is to learn, collaborate, and create new and shared deeper understanding both of yourself and others.

Finally, Rebel Advocates see service/volunteering as not only lending a hand, but engaging with the community, critically examining the situation, questioning the injustices that exist, and doing our part to work toward systemic change.

*Reference: Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice: A Sourcebook. Edited by Maurianne Adams, Lee Anne Bell, and Pat Griffin.


Meetings take place every Tuesday at 5pm in the Center for Social Justice (Houssels House). All UNLV students are welcome to attend – please bring your Rebel ID.