• Students at the 1st Annual Pre-Medicine Conference on April 28, 2017
  • Students at the 1st Annual Pre-Medicine Conference on April 28, 2017
  • Students talking with Dr. Mario Gaspar de Alba, MD at the 1st Annual Pre-Medicine Conference on April 28, 2017
  • Students at the 3rd Annual Pre-Medicine Conference on May 17, 2019

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Leading and evaluating a collaborative approach that encourages and supports inclusive excellence across the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV enterprise.

Welcome

The Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV strives to attract and support individuals from groups historically underrepresented in medicine. Our institutional leadership is dedicated to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential pillars of our climate and culture. This is evidenced by collaborative efforts between the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the offices of Admissions and Student Affairs, Community Engagement, Faculty Affairs, and Human Resources to maintain an inclusive and respectful environment for all members of our academic community.

We aspire to achieve diversity among our students, faculty, staff, and leadership that is reflective of Southern Nevada and we celebrate a culture of inclusion where all members of our medical community are welcomed, respected, and heard. We honor those devoted to increasing health equity and providing care to all in the context of cultural humility. As an academic medical center, it is our privilege and responsibility to train and mentor future healthcare providers who will understand, appreciate, and advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion and are well-positioned to provide the best care to all people.

Contact

For any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at diversity@medicine.unlv.edu.

You may also fill out our Student Inquiry Form to gain access to announcements, prospective applicant events, and updates.

Student Inquiry Form

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Connect With Us

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) offers mentoring and coaching sessions throughout the year for students who are interested in medicine. Please contact us at diversity@medicine.unlv.edu if you would like to learn more about the following:

Small-Group Mentoring Sessions for Pre-Med Students of Color

ODEI hosts monthly small-group mentoring sessions for pre-medicine students of color at Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) institutions. UNLV medical students are present at each session to offer peer support and advice about the process of becoming a successful medical school applicant.

Small-Group Mentoring Session for Pre-Med Veterans

ODEI connects pre-medicine student veterans with current medical student veterans during small-group mentoring sessions held monthly during the academic year. These sessions allow pre-medicine students to gain access to a network of medical student veterans who share tips and advice about the process of applying to medical school.

Coaching Sessions for Pre-Med Students at NSHE Institutions

Pre-medicine students at NSHE institutions are invited to schedule one-on-one coaching sessions with an ODEI representative to learn about the pre-medicine timeline and the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV admissions requirements. Sessions are held monthly during the academic year.

Mentoring Sessions with High-School Students Leaders In Training (LIT)

Leaders In Training is a grassroots community-based program that operates as an after-school non-profit organization. LIT participants are first-generation high-school students who plan to be the first in their families to go to college. The Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV is partnered with the LIT program.

Staff

Mario Gaspar De Alba, MD, FAAP

Associate Dean

Mario Gaspar de Alba
Mail Code: 7407
Phone: 702-895-1528
Fax: 702-895-0074

Benita D. Wolff, MEd

Director

Benita D. Wolff
Mail Code: 3070
Phone: 702-895-1273
Fax: 702-895-0074

Roberto Aguayo, Jr., MEd

Diversity Coordinator

Roberto Aguayo
Mail Code: 3070
Phone: 702-895-0234

Elizabeth De La Torre

Administrative Coordinator

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Mail Code: 3070
Phone: 702-895-1521

Institutional Policy for Diversity

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) is committed to and will provide equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, age, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, or political affiliation — except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or employment qualifications or where marital or veteran status are statutorily defined eligibility criteria for federal or state benefit programs. Further, the university seeks to promote campus diversity by enrolling and employing a larger number of minorities and women where these groups have historically been and continue to be under-represented within the university in relation to availability. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at UNLV and preference may be given to substantially equally qualified candidates who can demonstrate evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Title IX Compliance at UNLV

The Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion serves as the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV’s Title IX liaison.

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