Centers, Institutes & Services
Black Mountain Institute
Black Mountain Institute is an international literature and humanities center dedicated to advancing literary and cross-cultural dialogue. Through public programs, residential fellowships, and publishing initiatives, Black Mountain provides a cultural lens through which today's most pressing issues can be addressed and evaluated.
Joshua W. Shenk, Executive Director & Writer-in-Residence
Office: RLL 121
Center for Democratic Culture
Center for Democratic Culture serves as a clearing house for UNLV faculty and students conducting research on the historical experience of American democracy and its relevance to contemporary society at home and abroad. CDC promotes civic education and civility in public discourse through research, scholarly exchange, and community-based programs. It works closely with local organizations in staging forums on the problems of democracy, conducting seminars on the issues central to local community, developing innovative programs in civic education, and building ties to fledgling democracies.
Dmitri Shalin, Director
Center for Migration, Demography, and Population Studies
The Migration, Demography, and Population Studies Center Initiative developed out of a collaborative discussion among the UNLV faculty regarding the importance of migration and demographic change to the evolving population dynamics and growth of the states in the Mountain West Region. At present, there is no interdisciplinary research center devoted to the broad study of migration, demography, and population change at the institutions of higher education in the Mountain West.
Family Behavior Therapy Research and Services
Family Behavior Therapy is a model research lab focused on improving the lives of families affected by substance abuse and its associated behavior problems (e.g., delinquency, child maltreatment) through education, applied research, and training. Collaborating with colleagues throughout UNLV, other universities, and various State and Federal governmental organizations, its staff is well equipped to develop, implement and evaluate evidence supported interventions, particularly Family Behavior Therapy for substance abuse and its associated problems.
Dr. Brad Donohue, Director
Forum for Latin American Studies
Opened in 2004, the Forum for Latin American Studies promotes research and teaching on Latin America and the Caribbean. The recent activities of the Institute have included organizing research colloquia, supporting graduate research projects in History, Anthropology, and Political Science, and participating in grant funded projects.
Alicia Rico, Director
Office: FDH 502
Language Resource Center
The Language Resource Center has the technical facilities to enable conversation around the world. Assistants with lab software and foreign language skills are on hand to assist students. Self-directed tutoring software is available for French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian and Spanish.
Gerhard Hartig, Director
Office: FDH 413
The PRACTICE: A UNLV Community Mental Health Clinic
Sponsored by the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Education, The PRACTICE, or Partnership for Research, Assessment, Counseling, Therapy and Innovative Clinical Education, is a UNLV Community Mental Health Clinic.
The PRACTICE offers low cost, sliding scale, quality mental health services to the UNLV and greater Las Vegas communities. Advanced graduate students provide services under the intense supervision of UNLV faculty experts in clinical and school psychology and counseling. Faculty are licensed or credentialed in their respective fields. Our services include counseling, psychotherapy, and testing. Several specialty clinics also operate within The PRACTICE such as The Child School Refusal and Anxiety Disorders Clinic; The Problem Gambling Treatment Program; and The School and Clinical Psychological Assessment Clinic. To learn more about our hours and services, please visit our website.
Dr. Michelle G. Paul, Clinic Director
Associate Professor in Residence, Psychology – Clinical Doctoral Track
University Forum Lecture Series
Housed in UNLV’s College of Liberal Arts, The University Forum Lecture Series was founded in 1985, by then-Dean Thomas Wright. The basic idea was to bring intellectual and artistic talent from across the country to Las Vegas and the UNLV campus in order to share ideas and thereby enrich the lives of the citizens whose taxes support us. Since that time the series has never missed a semester in offering a dozen or more public lectures to the community. Indeed, today speakers no longer come just from across the country but from around the world, sharing ideas, adventures, performances and insights with our students as well as with our fellow Las Vegans.
Wilson Advising Center
The Wilson Advising Center supports all academic units within the College of Liberal Arts. They have full-time, professional advisers on staff that provides academic advising, on-campus referrals, degree progress worksheets, tentative class scheduling, career options, resume clinics, and information on graduate schools.
Lea Sexton, Director
Office: WRI B131
Women's Research Institute of Nevada
The Women's Research Institute of Nevada helps improve the lives of women in our state through research and education. The central mission of the institute is to support UNLV students and faculty as they hope to expand their knowledge on a variety of subjects related to women.
Dr. Joanne L. Goodwin, Director
Office: FDH 526
The Writing Center is sponsored by both the College of Liberal Arts and the English department. Consultants, usually English graduate students and instructors, assist students, staff, and faculty with any stage of the writing process, from generating ideas to polishing final drafts. The Writing Center is not a proofreading service. The center teaches writers how to make positive changes in their writing skills and how to diagnose and correct their own writing problems.
Dr. Patrice Hollrah, Director
Office: CDC 3