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Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, and International

The APIME and International communities at UNLV consist of Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, and International students, faculty, and staff. These communities may experience unique challenges in the higher education setting. UNLV aims to support and affirm these identities by providing programs, services, and resources.

The term APIME stands for Asian, Pacific Islander, and Middle Eastern. The APIME community has a long-standing history with UNLV through its students and registered student organizations, faculty, and staff.

Roughly 18% of UNLV’s faculty and staff identify as Asian or Pacific Islander, and UNLV has over 16% of students who identify as Asian or Pacific Islander. Unfortunately, UNLV does not track Middle Eastern identities separately within its enrollment and employment data, but given that there is a significant Middle Eastern presence both on campus and in the community, it is likely that the numbers for students, faculty, and staff are high. Additionally, the majority of international students and scholars who come to UNLV are from Asian and Middle Eastern countries.

As a whole, international students and scholars at UNLV hail from over 80 different countries. These students, faculty, and staff bring a wealth of knowledge and enrich our campus community academically and culturally.


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Feb. 28, 2022

Educational series addresses systemic racism and ways to create positive change.

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Nov. 1, 2021

Craig Valdez is among the panelists for the Nov. 3 “We Need to Talk” series. Attend in person or watch online.

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Apr. 6, 2021

Learning more about the heritage and cultures of our campus community.

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Mar. 5, 2021

School of Medicine student Diane Han turns to the ER after an attentive doctor played a key role in her father's hour of need.

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Mar. 2, 2021

Four students have joined the UNLV Oral History Research Center to conduct interviews from the region’s Asian American & Pacific Islander communities.

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Jul. 17, 2020

UNLV's only annual off-campus orientation, for students coming to UNLV from Hawaii, takes a virtual turn this spring.

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Jun. 13, 2018

This aspiring "world-improvement strategist" hopes that studying in Israel will help her gain a more in-depth perspective on Middle East conflicts and allow her to improve her Arabic.

Marianna Panossi
Jun. 20, 2016

Once an immigrant herself, the director of UNLV's office of international students and scholars knows first-hand about the challenges her clients face. And it doesn't hurt that she is fluent in six languages.

Portrait of Michelle Tusan
Nov. 1, 2013

UNLV history professor Michelle Tusan explores the influence of geopolitics in the formation of the modern-day Middle East and the sectarian and humanitarian conflicts that have resulted from western intervention.


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  • Student Diversity & Social Justice - The Office of Student Diversity & Social Justice (SDSJ) was created out of student demand for identity specific support. As such, several identity-based positions were created to serve UNLV’s traditionally underserved students through programs, initiatives, and services.
  • Diversity trainings - Peer Educators are dedicated to leading presentations, training sessions, and workshops related to social justice and diversity.
  • Jean Nidetch CARE Center - provides free and confidential support services to members of the UNLV community who have been impacted by sexual assault, relationship abuse, family violence, and/or stalking.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services - provides a variety of services to help students address mental health concerns to make the most out of the college experience.
  • Involvement Center - a database to learn about the various student organizations on campus.
  • Las Vegas Asian American & Pacific Islander Oral History Project - Reflections: The Las Vegas Asian American & Pacific Islander Oral History Project is a three-year, $300,000 oral history project collecting stories from the Asian American & Pacific Islander communities in Las Vegas and Southern Nevada.
  • Statement from the Asian and Asian American Studies Program - In support "On Black Life, Police Violence, and White Supremacy," a statement from the faculty of the Asian and Asian American Studies program at UNLV.
  • The Asian Pacific American Faculty Staff Alliance (APAFSA) - UNLV is home to several groups that represent the shared interests, backgrounds, and goals of our diverse faculty and staff. The APAFSA provides networking opportunities that build community through faculty-staff connections across campus. The Alliance is currently reorganizing its leadership team; for more details about the APAFSA, reach out to the person listed under the corresponding group on the Faculty and Staff Affinity Group page.