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The African Diaspora

The African Diaspora honors Black, African American, African, Caribbean, and anyone else whose lineage is directly connected to the continent of Africa. UNLV provides programs, services, and resources to support this community.

The African Diaspora describes and acknowledges the mass dispersion of peoples from Africa during the Transatlantic Slave Trades, from the 1500s to the 1800s. This community comprises millions of people from Western and Central Africa to different regions throughout the Americas and the Caribbean. This is the reason why we have people who identify as African, African American, Afro-Caribbean, or Afro-South American.


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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.
  • 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.
  • Howell Town – living/learning community dedicated to centering the African Diaspora.
  • 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 Black-affirming student organizations on campus.
  • Faculty and Staff Affinity Groups Groups include The Alliance of Professionals of African Heritage (APAH), The Black Professional Women’s Alliance (BPWA), The Council of African-American Professionals (CAAP).

  • The Anti-Black Racism Task Force The task force, with the support of the university administration, faculty and students, is committed to strategic and intentional action to address inequities on campus through programming and service in collaboration with university stakeholders and community partners.