Sep. 8, 2022


The Amplifying Black Voices Critical Mentorship Program (ABV) is a partnership between UNLV's College of Education and the Southern Nevada Black Educators Initiative created to support and retain the college's Black students while offering a safe, affirming and free space for them to thrive. 

About the Program

ABV mentors are licensed Clark County School District educators who have demonstrated a strong commitment to racial equity, healing, and Black liberation. Students will select a mentor they feel is best suited for their personal, academic and professional goals. In addition to the ABV mentor course, students and mentors will connect at least four times throughout the semester (either in person or virtually) to discuss goals, challenges, and opportunities. 

Hear from some of last year's mentors and mentees about their experiences. 

Program Requirements

Membership in the mentoring group requires:

  • A semester-long commitment
  • Completion of a three-hour ABV welcome course
  • Meeting with an ABV mentor (virtually or in person) a minimum of four times during the semester
Program Benefits

In addition to receiving a $300 book credit, actively participating students will:

  • Develop their critical consciousness and leadership skills so they can reach their goals and drive systemic change. 
  • Connect with a mentor who will support and guide you through your college career and entry into the teaching profession
  • Join an affinity space centered on Black identity and culture
  • Network with other students and education leaders

How to Apply

  1. Go to the ABV website and scroll down to view profiles (Learn More) about each mentor, their attributes and academic backgrounds. 
  2. Once you've determine which you'd like to match with, click Select Mentor on that individual's profile page.
  3. Complete and submit mentee application form.
  4. Make plans to join us at the in-person ABV Community Meet & Greet event on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022 from 5-7 p.m. at the Carlson Education Building at UNLV.

Interested in becoming a mentor?

If you are a licensed CCSD educator of color, please contact Jordan Hankins to learn how you can join the program and mentor the next generation of Black educators. 


Founded in January 2021, the Southern Nevada Black Educators Initiative (SNBEI) strives to close the racial achievement gap in Southern Nevada's K-12 public schools by expanding and nurturing the Black teacher pipeline through professional development and empowering affinity spaces. 

Black teachers make up only 8% of the Clark County School Districts teacher workforce, making it unlikely that Black students will have a Black teacher to serve as a role model and positively shape their educational experience. Studies show that when Black students are assigned to at least one Black teacher between grades K-3, they are more likely to perform well on standardized tests, less likely to be referred for exclusionary discipline, are more likely to graduate high school, and more likely to continue their education after high school.