Aug. 11, 2022

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF FUNDS FROM THE AMERICAN RECOVERY PLAN  (ARP) TO NSHE INSTITUTIONS, UNLV/UNR, FOR AFFORDABLE GRADUATE  AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENT HOUSING

 

WHEREAS, the Graduate and Professional Student Association represents all graduate and professional students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and 

WHEREAS, the Graduate and Professional Student Association is comprised of elected representatives  from across the university whose numerous responsibilities include voicing and lobbying student concerns to  their elected officials in local, state, and federal levels; and 

WHEREAS, the Graduate and Professional Student Association representatives assert that housing  costs for graduate and professional students attending the University of Nevada, Las Vegas should not be a  “barrier to entry” for students who desire to attain a higher degree from the University of Nevada, Las  Vegas; and 

WHEREAS, since 2015, the average rent in the Las Vegas area has drastically increased and is associated  with the top cities nationwide in terms of average rent increases; and  

WHEREAS, the asking rent of a one-bedroom apartment at the end of 2016 was $909, which was  10.2% higher than the peak asking rent of 2008 ($878) (according to the Lied Institution of Real Estate  Studies, 2017). The current (2021) asking rent of a one-bedroom apartment in the greater Las Vegas areas range from $850 to $1400 (Lied Institution of Real Estate Studies, 2021); and 

WHEREAS, without outside funding, the maximum stipend funding at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas provides Master's students with a $11,250 ($1,250/month) stipend for a 9-month contract and the highest stipend for Ph.D. students is a $20,250 ($2,250/month) stipend for a 9-month contract; and 

WHEREAS, the state of Nevada has an average rent which that is 10.9% higher than the national  average across the country (World Population Review); and  

WHEREAS, domestic and international students who are dependent on University and State funded  graduate assistant stipends are extremely susceptible to these high costs of living, thereby decreasing the  affordability of higher education and limiting social mobility in the State of Nevada; and 

 

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Graduate and Professional Student Association,  on behalf of all graduate and professional students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas: 

- Supports the initiative of system-wide funding from the American Recovery Plan (ARP - H.R.1319 — 117TH CONGRESS (2021-2022)) to the Institutions within the Nevada  System of Higher Education to address the following: 

o Provide safe and equitable student housing for all students; AND 

o To consistently provide affordable student housing that establishes a community  surrounding the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; AND

 

- Urges leadership of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to work to find creative solutions  and partnerships to address affordable housing on and off campus for students; AND 

- Urges Local & City Leadership to prioritize that student housing within the University of  Nevada, Las Vegas and new/existing housing developments, which provide housing to  students who participate within the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, are held to a higher  standard of safety, dependability, affordability, and equity; AND 

- Urges State Leadership to provide funds to the individual institutions within Nevada System  of Higher Education who have applied for American Recovery Plan (ARP - H.R.1319 — 117TH CONGRESS (2021-2022) funds within the Nevada Recovers Program that support  affordable housing for students; AND  

- Urges Federal Leadership to provide more programs that help create more affordable  housing for students within higher education systems; AND 

- Urges the Board of Regents and Chancellor’s Office of the Nevada System of Higher  Education to establish an inquiry and development plan which addresses the feasibility of affordable student housing if the American Recovery Plan (ARP - H.R.1319 — 117TH  CONGRESS (2021-2022)) funds are unable to be allocated toward individual institutional plans for affordable student housing. 

 

APPROVED by the GPSA Council this 9th day of December 2021.