UNLV is hard at work tackling issues that matter to Southern Nevadans. In campus labs and out in the community, our faculty, staff and students are easing the transition to college for returning veterans; finding ways to stem the troubling trend in pedestrian accidents on our roadways; and creating programs that protect our children from abuse.
Below are stories that highlight just a few of the community programs at UNLV that have made the news in 2012.
Safer Sidewalks and Streets
The Transportation Research Center combines research and outreach to find ways to make streets safer for both drivers and pedestrians. Students and staff work with regional agencies to improve traffic flow and partner with schools to promote safe driving and fight for safer crosswalks.
Curbing Child Abuse
As part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, the Nevada Institute for Children's Research and Policy and local police, government and community organizations teamed up to launch the Choose Your Partner Carefully campaign. The program offered tips to recognize qualities needed to be a child caretaker and warning signs parents should look out for.
Making Taxes Less Taxing
A group of UNLV law students with the Boyd Financial Law Society offered free tax prep this year for low-income Las Vegans. The students, most of whom are studying tax law, chipped in to help during winter break.
Coping with a Tough Economy
Nevada's tough economy has pushed many to their brink, forcing the state into one of the highest suicide rates in the country. UNLV's Center for Individual, Couple and Family Counseling operates a clinic that offers low-cost services for those in need.
More than 1,100 UNLV students receive GI bill benefits, and the university is among the top 20 percent of military-friendly colleges and universities. The Office of Veterans Services is a one-stop, integrated resource to help veterans with their transition back to college.
Kindergarten Health Check
UNLV administers the Kindergarten Health Survey to Nevada school districts each year to track the overall health status of children starting school. The survey identifies trends like insurance status, access to care, and health and weight - information that can be used by educators and state officials to guide policy and program development.
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