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Center for Social Justice

The UNLV Center for Social Justice (CSJ) serves as a resource for students, staff, faculty, and community members to unite around, educate about, and advocate against social injustices that affect the campus, local, national, and global communities. The CSJ promotes the empowerment and collaboration of all individuals through creating awareness, safe space, and providing support in order to initiate action and foster social justice.

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Rebel Advocates

Rebel Advocates — the brand new, peer-to-peer education program out of the Center for Social Justice at UNLV! Rebel Advocates will be trained to facilitate presentations, discussions, workshops, and events that raise awareness to social justice issues and diversity.

What do Rebel Advocates do?

  • Work with student organizations and academic departments to plan ad facilitate presentations, workshops, and trainings on social justice and diversity.
  • Create environments where healthy dialogues can take place around social justice and diversity.
  • Promote the Center for Social Justice and the programs and services it provides.
  • Attend training sessions, retreats, and events on social justice.
  • Organize annual student social justice conference at UNLV.

Rebel Advocates Trainings & Workshops

Interested In having Rebel Advocates facilitate a training or workshop for you student organization? Please review the presentation descriptions below to see if this would be a resource for your student organization. If you would like to schedule a presentation, contact 702-895-4102 or RebelAdvocates@unlv.edu.

Workshop & Trainings Description
  1. Unpacking Identity: The focus of this presentation is to explore the various aspects of one's identity. It uses activities that help students examine the multiple dimensions of identity within themselves and others. The estimated length of this presentation is 45 minutes to an hour.
  2. Social Group Membership: The focus of this presentation is to bring awareness to the privileges associates with certain social groups. It uses activities that help students examine their social group memberships and their privilege. The presentation could generate dialogue around social power, privilege, and systems of oppression. The estimated length of this presentation could range from an hour to an hour and a half.
  3. LGBTQ Issues Awareness: The focus of this presentation is to bring awareness to issues of individuals who identify within the LGBT community. It uses activities that are derived from the UNLV-Safe Zone training that is offered through the Center for Social Justice. Some of the activities and discussion are centered on various topics that explore: LGBT terminology, gender expression, gender vs. sex, the "Coming Out" process, transgender issues, and heterosexual privilege. The estimated length of these presentations could range from an hour to an hour and a half.

Cultural Leadership Retreat

The Cultural Leadership Retreat (CLR) is a three-day, two-night weekend inclusive of interactive workshops designed to create an environment where individuals can explore cultural identity, share experiences, and discuss the meaning of leadership within the context of a diverse society.

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week

The purpose of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is to raise awareness, compassion, and volunteerism for the issues faced by the hungry and homeless populations of Las Vegas and the world. Occurring the first week of November, this week is designed to combat the stereotypes associated with homelessness, inform the general population about the root and challenges of the homeless, and empower UNLV students, faculty, and staff to become vocal advocates.

Community Dialogues

The Community Dialogues Discussion Series is bi-weekly discussion, hosted by the Center for Social Justice, to provide a meeting and dialogue space for the UNLV community to dialogue about social justice issues and develop awareness for the plethora of identity groups present at UNLV.

UNLV Safe-Zone Trainings

The Center for Social Justice provides monthly Safe-Zone trainings for the UNLV community. The Safe Zone training program at UNLV aims toward creating a safer, more civil community for all individuals, particularly our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) members. The message of the Safe Zone program is one of understanding, non-judgment, and knowledge of LGBT persons' needs and concerns. During this interactive training session, each participant will receive resource material relevant to coming out, ally development, and inclusive language. Following the training session, participants will be provided with an opportunity to receive a Safe Zone sticker if they so desire. This sticker indicates the participants' willingness to create a safe and inclusive space or be an ally for LGBT individuals.

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