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School of Public Policy and Leadership News

The School of Public Policy and Leadership employs an interdisciplinary approach to create knowledge and understanding to support effective policy and governance through collaborations of faculty, students, and the greater community.

Current Public Policy and Leadership News

Pete Reyes poses next to a bookshelf.
People | May 28, 2019

A two-time UNLV alum, Pete Reyes is studying for a third degree while working full time and making indie-electronic albums.

Michael and Gloria Flores
People | May 20, 2019

Gloria Flores and her son, Michael, share a stage as they both earn degrees on the same day.

Chuck Todd, host of NBC's Meet the Press, moderates a discussion at the Bellagio in Las Vegas between former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid and former Speaker of the House John Boehner.
Business and Community | April 25, 2019

Inaugural symposium highlights need for collaboration across academia, business, and government to secure a prosperous American workforce.

Stands stand behind the police tape of a simulated crime scene
Campus News | April 25, 2019

Urban Adventure class draws in multiple disciplines to create a uniquely detailed scenario for students.

Jim Stelk talks to three students during the Urban Adventure class.
Campus News | April 25, 2019

Urban Adventure class draws on police, social workers, actors and more to make a complex scenario come to life for Urban Affairs students.

exterior of UNLV Greenspun Building
Campus News | April 11, 2019

Applications now open for all UNLV graduate students; internships begin in June and focus on the integration of policymaking, finance, effective communication.

Public Policy and Leadership In The News

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
May 20, 2019

A mother and her son graduated from University of Nevada, Las Vegas together on Saturday.

Las Vegas Sun
April 29, 2019

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada board recently rejected a plan to build a light rail system along Maryland Parkway, despite public support for the $1 billion proposal.

CityLab
February 28, 2019

Las Vegas is a famously watchful place. Casino cameras keep tabs on players and dealers from the walls, tables, and ceilings. Analytics software tracks and predicts credit-card swipes, game preferences, and buffet choices. Occupancy levels are closely counted; peculiar behaviors noted. It’s all with an eye to lock down the vast stores of cash that keep Sin City afloat. To keep the odds in its favor, the house is always watching.

Las Vegas Review Journal
February 14, 2019

The city of Las Vegas plans to hold open about 85 nonessential positions to save $10 million — and dodge the kind of sweeping layoffs that struck the city a decade ago — in preparation for the next economic downturn.

Las Vegas Review Journal
February 4, 2019

The city of Las Vegas plans to hold open about 85 nonessential positions to save $10 million — and dodge the kind of sweeping layoffs that struck the city a decade ago — in preparation for the next economic downturn.

KSNV-TV: News 3
January 24, 2019

As the government shutdown stretches into its 32nd day, 800,000 federal workers, including more than 3,000 people in Nevada, are facing another payless payday on Friday, Jan. 25.

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Recent Public Policy and Leadership Accomplishments

June 14, 2019
Kathleen Lauckner (Public Policy and Leadership) welcomed the opportunity to present to the N.E.W. Leadership Program participants during their 2019 summer session, hosted by the Women's Research Institute of Nevada. She discussed her own experiences running for the Nevada Assembly, serving on the Nevada Conservation League C3 board, and how...
June 10, 2019
Magdalena Martinez (The Lincy Institute and Public Policy and Leadership) recently was featured as a guest columnist in the Las Vegas Sun. In the piece, Martinez responds to recent statements made by the NSHE chancellor concerning UNLV's diversity. The piece was originally published June 7.
June 6, 2019
Caitlin Saladino (The Lincy Institute & Brookings Mountain West), Marya Shegog (Public Health/Lincy Institute), Magdalena Martinez (Public Policy and Leadership/Lincy Institute), Jaewon Lim, and Kelliann Beavers (both Public Policy and Leadership) were each selected to present their respective research projects at the 2019 Urban Affairs...
May 24, 2019
Joseph McKay (Law and Hospitality) and Gail Sammons (Hospitality), along with Kimberly Addair, '18 MA Urban Leadership, received the Best Proposal Award Teaching Track from the West Federation Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education Regional Conference for their work developing a human trafficking awareness training module for...
March 26, 2019
Caitlin J. Saladino (Lincy Institute & Brookings Mountain West) recently was featured as a guest columnist in the Las Vegas Sun. The piece, "Public R1 Universities Undervalued as Elitists Clamber for Acceptance," highlights the value of schools like UNLV, in the wake of the college admissions scandal. The piece was originally published on...
March 25, 2019
Robert E. Lang (Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West) and David R. Damore (Political Science) are the authors of a new, recently published policy brief, "The Road to Carnegie R1 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas." Founded in 1957, UNLV is now classified as a top research university by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of...