Harriet E. Barlow

Executive Director, The Intersection: Academic Multicultural Resource Center
Expertise: Student development and organizational leadership, Diversity and inclusion, Title IX compliance


Harriet E. Barlow is an expert on Title IX compliance, as well as diversity and inclusion.

Barlow came to UNLV in 1997 as director of student recruitment for the Graduate College. Upon her promotion to associate dean, she developed a strong suite of student service programs that included thesis/dissertation compliance workshops, Graduate Student Professional Development programs, and coordination of the college's publications and handbooks. In 1999, she planned and implemented the first graduate student research symposium. She also began working with the UNLV Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach as part of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Summer Research program. Other Barlow initiatives of note include the coordination of new graduate student orientation and the doctoral hooding reception.

In June 2011, Barlow joined the UNLV Office of Diversity Initiatives as an assistant vice president. She developed, implemented, coordinated, and collaborated on many programs and initiatives that support UNLV’s diversity mission to nurture equity, diversity, and inclusiveness and that promote respect, support, and empowerment. These programs and initiatives include the establishment of the Diversity Leadership Forum Series, the Cultural Competence Academy, and faculty focus group sessions. In addition, Barlow served as UNLV’s Title IX compliance coordinator from 2011-15.

Barlow was named executive director of the UNLV Academic Multicultural Resource Center in January 2016. She is responsible for establishing a center that emphasizes and supports student development through personal advising, advocacy, leadership development opportunities, cultural diversity education, and cultural programming, and a connection to campus and community resources. In addition, the center will be designed to foster a supportive University community that educates and provides resources for all members of the University community about issues related to the experiences and perceptions of underrepresented students. 

Prior to joining UNLV, Barlow served as adjunct professor in both the College of Liberal Arts and the School of Social Work at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She also served as the coordinator of the minority student enrollment and associate director of student development. Of particular note, Barlow was appointed the first director of the Illinois Minority Incentive Grant program (now Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois), a statewide initiative to increase the number of minority full-time tenure track faculty and staff in the state's two- and four-year, public and private colleges and universities.


  • Ph.D., Education, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
  • M.S., Guidance and Educational Psychology, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
  • B.S., Secondary Education, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

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Harriet E. Barlow In The News

K.L.A.S. T.V. 8 News Now
It's that time of year where high school students explore options for college and Friday UNLV welcomed hundreds of African American students to find out if they'd like UNLV to become their future home.
Las Vegas Review Journal
Harriet Barlow, who heads a multicultural academic resource center at UNLV, told a group of 275 African American students that she is “living proof of the value of higher education.”
K.N.P.R. News
UNLV takes the wraps off this week on a new one-stop multicultural resource center that’s intended to serve one of the most diverse student populations in the country.
Inside Higher Ed
Paperwork aside, Title IX coordinators say their jobs take an unusual emotional toll and encourage peers to exercise self-care.

Articles Featuring Harriet E. Barlow

Crowd of students
Campus News | September 9, 2014

UNLV ranks sixth for undergraduate ethnic diversity, according to U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" publication; university ranked in top ten for fourth consecutive year.