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Greenspun College of Urban Affairs News

The Greenspun College of Urban Affairs is committed to creating contemporary solutions for resilient communities. Its academic programs focus on effective public policymaking, creating support structures to meet behavioral and mental health challenges, ensuring cities are safe and prepared to meet emergency situations, effective and ethical journalism, and interpersonal and public communication strategies.

Current Urban Affairs News

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.

A silhouette of a student studying at a desk in front of a window with a palm tree in the background.
Campus News | May 10, 2019

As we race toward finals week, students share the projects they've planned, researched, and designed. Bonus: The class of 2019 counts down to the big 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.

Kimberly Marano poses in front of trees on UNLV's campus.
People | April 22, 2019

With her love of sports, she is taking her approach “behind the scenes” by helping students in the classroom and in their sports.

Urban Affairs 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.

The Nevada Independent
May 13, 2019

Some staff members need a bullhorn to corral students through congested high school hallways and exit points. Not Lionel Stoxstell.

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.

Las Vegas Review Journal
April 16, 2019

Juan Melendez said he spent exactly 17 years, eight months and one day on death row in Florida for a murder he did not commit. He received $100 in compensation, a pair of pants and a shirt upon his release into a much-changed society.

Las Vegas Sun
April 4, 2019

Under fluorescent lights, a group of about 20 people huddles at a table listening to the static of the police-dispatch call fill the room.

Las Vegas Review Journal
April 1, 2019

Detectives bustle around a homicide scene while a public information officer fends off reporters crowded behind yellow tape. Social workers comfort traumatized witnesses while crime scene investigators collect evidence and examine the body.

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Recent Urban Affairs Accomplishments

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...
May 6, 2019
Emma Frances Bloomfield (Communication Studies) has published a book on how to have better climate conversations at the intersection of environmental attitudes and religious beliefs. Communication Strategies for Engaging Climate Skeptics: Religion and the Environment is currently under production as part of Routledge's Advances in Climate Change...
April 25, 2019
Claudia Chiang-Lopez, Amber Stephens, and Nicholas Lepp (all Communication Studies) received awards at the department's end-of-year ceremony celebrating student accomplishments. Chiang-Lopez was awarded the Graduate Outstanding Teaching Award for her research, service ,and teaching work in COM 101 and 102. Stephens and Lepp received Outstanding...
April 19, 2019
Toni Repetti (Hospitality), Philip Rushe (English), Dale Melgaard (Film), Tyler Maatallah (Urban Studies), and Ashamii Henderson (Psychology) served as panelists at the 2019 Office of Online Education's Lessons Learned Lunch last month. The panelists shared their experiences as online teachers and learners with faculty who will be developing and...
April 17, 2019
Naoka Foreman (Journalism and Media Studies) moderated a panel discussion hosted by the Black Graduate Student Association.  Monica Brown (Education), Sebern Coleman (Graduate College), and Kevin Wright (Student Diversity and Social Justice) served as panelists for this discussion.  The topic was "The Color of Academia: A Panel on Navigating...
March 29, 2019
Xavier Williams (Communication Studies) competed and won the national championship this past weekend at the United State Intercollegiate Boxing Association Championships in Syracuse, New York. He competed in the 141-pound novice division and won each of his two bouts by unanimous decision. Williams, a senior, has been an integral part of the UNLV...