UNLV Libraries/College of Urban Affairs To Host Virtual Discussion Series on Racism

Sep. 15, 2020


UNLV Libraries/College of Urban Affairs To 

Host Virtual Discussion Series on Racism


University and community experts to discuss action steps and solutions to address how systemic racism impacts communities starting Sept. 17, livestreamed by UNLV TV


What: University Libraries and the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs will host a virtual panel discussion series titled "We Need to Talk: Conversations on Racism for a More Resilient Las Vegas.” The goal of the educational series is to examine how multiple aspects of systemic racism impact our community and propose steps communities and individuals can take to affect positive change. 


The series is split up into seven discussions and will feature Southern Nevada community members, UNLV alumni, and researchers surrounding issues of race and systemic racism. 


When: The first panel will be livestreamed Thursday, Sept. 17 at 5:30 p.m.


Who: Each panel discussion will be moderated by Claytee White, Director of the Oral History Research Project at University Libraries. The panel Sept. 17 will define concepts of institutional racism and white supremacy within a historical context with A.B. Wilkinson, UNLV associate professor of history, Brenda Williams, President & Founder of the Westside School Alumni Foundation, and Kevin Wright, assistant director for student diversity at UNLV.


The next panels will be held on the following dates and more information will be provided soon:

  • Oct. 1
  • Oct. 14
  • Oct. 24
  • Nov. 12
  • Nov. 19
  • Dec. 3


Livestream: Each panel discussion will be livestreamed by UNLV TV. The live stream is available on the UNLV Libraries website: https://www.library.unlv.edu/weneedtotalk 


Archives: The episodes will be available for later viewing on the journalism and media studies YouTube page here: https://www.youtube.com/c/unlvjms/ and will be archived on the UNLV Libraries website.  


Funding: Additional funding for the series is being provided by UNLV Libraries Advisory Board Members Sara Mason and Geri Tomich.