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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

UNLV Football players entering Allegiant Stadium
Campus News | May 2, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

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People | April 28, 2022

What the world needs now is volunteers. This Urban Affairs program coordinator aims to connect you to the opportunities.

illustration of woman surrounded by mountains and lake with mermaids
People | April 26, 2022

A journey over the Hoover Dam set the stage for alumna Camille Touton, now serving at the highest levels of government, to dedicate her life to protecting the nation’s waters.

portrait of student Kelsey Matthews
People | April 14, 2022

Matthews, a social work major and a member of the Honors College, is one of just 58 students nationwide to win the highly coveted award. 

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People | April 13, 2022

First-generation student strives to increase safety in the entertainment capital of the world.

UNLV's first conference tournament championship—and automatic bid to the NCAA Championship—since winning the Big West in 1994. It will be the Lady Rebels first NCAA tournament appearance since 2002. March 9, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | April 1, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

Urban Affairs In The News

Las Vegas Sun
May 9, 2022

When UNLV senior Elia Del Carmen Solano-Patricio looked out the window of her Airbnb in Irvine, Calif., she saw flames rising in the nearby mountains and scorch marks on the ground. A wildfire was approaching the apartment, where she had moved from Las Vegas during the pandemic to be closer to family.

Las Vegas Sun
May 9, 2022

When UNLV senior Elia Del Carmen Solano-Patricio looked out the window of her Airbnb in Irvine, Calif., she saw flames rising in the nearby mountains and scorch marks on the ground. A wildfire was approaching the apartment, where she had moved from Las Vegas during the pandemic to be closer to family.

Las Vegas Sun
May 9, 2022

When UNLV senior Elia Del Carmen Solano-Patricio looked out the window of her Airbnb in Irvine, Calif., she saw flames rising in the nearby mountains and scorch marks on the ground. A wildfire was approaching the apartment, where she had moved from Las Vegas during the pandemic to be closer to family.

WalletHub
May 9, 2022

Law enforcement is a career that is always in the public eye, whether for heroic reasons or scandal. Currently, our nation’s 800,000 law enforcement officers have even more of a spotlight than usual, though. To start, for the past two years they have been in charge of enforcing COVID-19 restrictions. In addition, there have been quite a few recent high-profile police brutality cases, including officers found guilty for federal civil rights violations leading up to the death of George Floyd. President Joe Biden’s State of the Union speech also called for the nation to “fund the police” with better training and resources.

Las Vegas Sun
May 8, 2022

Reno attorney and former boxer Joey Gilbert received the Nevada Republican Party’s endorsement for governor, just a couple of days after Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo received former President Donald Trump’s endorsement.

Las Vegas Sun
May 5, 2022

Miles from the bright lights, jangling slot machines and crush of tourists on the Las Vegas Strip, a project is under construction that some economists believe represents the future of the region.

Urban Affairs Experts

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An expert in free speech, the media, and First Amendment issues.
Lee Bernick is a professor with expertise in state and local public policy, survey research, public budgeting, and legislative behavior.

Recent Urban Affairs Accomplishments

May 12, 2022
Benjamin Burroughs (Journalism and Media Studies) presented at the annual Broadcasters Education Association (BEA) conference on a panel titled, "The Metamorphosis of Local Sports Media: Reshaping Local Sports Media in the Sports News and Information Ecosystem." The panel was moderated by Rich Johnson (Creighton University) with other panelists…
May 9, 2022
Jaewon Lim and Aaron Colletta (both Public Policy and Leadership) recently published an article in the Annals of Regional Science with a co-author, Ayoung Kim of Mississippi State University. In their article, "How Regional Economic Structure Matters in the Era of COVID-19: Resilience Capacity of U.S. States," they analyzed the importance of…
April 6, 2022
Olivia Cheche (Political Science, Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute), Peter Grema (Economics, Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute), Blanca Peña (Criminal Justice), and Nicole Thomas (Educational Psychology, Leadership, and Higher Education) co-wrote a recent Op-Ed titled, "Students, Taxpayers Once Again Robbed by Higher…
April 4, 2022
Gregory A. Borchard (Journalism and Media Studies) is the editor of the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Journalism, which was released by SAGE Publishing in March. According to the publisher's description, the encyclopedia covers all significant dimensions of journalism, such as print, broadcast, and Internet journalism; U.S. and…
March 31, 2022
An-Pyng Sun (Social Work) wrote an article, "Expand What We Have, Enhance What We Lack: The Critical and Unique Roles of Social Workers in Helping Individuals with Substance Use Disorders," for the 2022 spring/summer newsletter of the Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs Specialty Practice Section of the National Association of Social Workers.
March 29, 2022
Joshua W. Donnelly (Criminal Justice) is the recipient of one of the 2021-22 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Awards (second place) from the UNLV Graduate College. This prestigious award recognizes graduate students who have demonstrated strong pedagogical skills and successfully taught at least two complete classes as the instructor of record in the…