A message of solidarity from UNLV President Marta Meana

Apr. 20, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Over the past several weeks I have read and heard about reports of xenophobia and racism tied to the COVID-19 pandemic across the country. These instances are reprehensible whenever and wherever they occur, but they are especially troubling when they happen in our own community. 

Pandemic aside, UNLV will not tolerate behavior so at odds with our core value of inclusivity. That a pandemic would exacerbate such expressions and behavior is beyond the pale, and reflective of sheer ignorance and heartlessness.

Now more than ever, UNLV must lead by example. We must stay focused on creating a caring and inclusive environment that supports the success of our students, faculty, and staff. We must celebrate and be proud of our differences and diversity, none of which are in any way connected to any virus – past, present, or future.

Each of us shares a responsibility to openly reject xenophobia and bigotry, and we must stand up for those who feel unsafe. Specific instances of discrimination should be reported to the EEO/Title IX Office, and the university will investigate any matter of which it becomes aware in order to determine the appropriate course of action.

I know this semester has been hard. It’s been hard on everyone. We’ve all faced adversity and had to adjust to less than ideal circumstances. I am grateful for your resiliency and patience. The only way to do this is together. Let’s finish the semester strong! 

In solidarity,

Marta Meana, Ph.D.
UNLV President