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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

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Campus News | May 16, 2023

News highlights featuring UNLV faculty and students who made local and national headlines.

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People | May 11, 2023

The Class of 2023 shares how UNLV helped them find their paths to success.

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People | May 10, 2023

Longtime nurse Lisa Pacheco becomes first Native American to graduate with a doctorate in public policy from UNLV.

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Campus News | May 8, 2023

The UNLV/CSUN Preschool at the Lynn Bennett Center for Early Childhood Education is about to hit a big growth spurt.

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Campus News | May 5, 2023

President Keith E. Whitfield continues decades-long commencement tradition, honoring 10 students who embody the academic, research, and community tenacity of the graduating class.

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Campus News | April 21, 2023

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

Urban Affairs In The News

May 19, 2023

Many Nevadans are struggling when it comes to mental health. Death by suicide rates are up for ages 18-24, and for those over 65. The 988 system is designed as a lifeline for people in crisis, and it has been in place for nearly a year.

Las Vegas Sun
May 18, 2023

The homeless crisis in Western cities has a scope of challenges that require dense cooperation between various nonprofits, government, health care, service providers and business interests, according to a UNLV roundtable discussion on the topic Wednesday organized and sponsored by Nevada Women’s Philanthropy.

Cheddar News
May 18, 2023

We know the world can be tough sometimes, so we'd like to take a moment to share One Good Thing happening in the world today. With graduation season in full swing, the reality is that some of our loved ones aren't always able to be at the ceremony in-person, but one father was willing to travel over 30 hours from the Middle East for the special day. U.S. Navy petty officer second-class Douglas Hernandez coordinated with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to surprise his daughter Pamela at graduation.

ABC News
May 17, 2023

The father and daughter hadn't seen each other since last summer.

Cafe Mom
May 17, 2023

Whether it’s kindergarten or an advanced degree, graduation is a joyous time in the lives of students and their parents. Completing an academic program takes determination, dedication, and perseverance when things get daunting. So walking across that stage is a moment you usually want to share with all of your loved ones, especially the parents who helped get you to this point in your life.

Good Morning America
May 17, 2023

Douglas Hernandez flew in from overseas to see his daughter graduate!

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Recent Urban Affairs Accomplishments

April 27, 2023
Kia Cummings (recent graduate of the Journalism and Media Studies MA program) and associate professor Benjamin Burroughs (Journalism and Media Studies) have published an article titled, “Soul on Ice: Black Commodification, Race, and the National Hockey League," in the Sociology of Sport Journal. The article considers how salient discourses of race…
April 18, 2023
Jesse Barnes, M.S. (Public Affairs) presented the first study from his dissertation work at the 80th annual Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) hybrid conference in Chicago titled, "Contested Federalism and Local Drinking Water Administration: The Effect of a Federal Rollback in Clean Water Act Enforcement.” Barnes is a Ph.D. candidate…
April 3, 2023
David R. Gruber (Urban Affairs) published a paper titled, "Material foundations of scientific metaphors: A New Materialist metaphor studies." The paper uses a case study from the neurosciences to argue that scholarly discussions of scientific metaphors in the humanities and social sciences must give greater attention to the specific technologies,…
March 9, 2023
Janelle Yasukochi (Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education) and Maria Aladjova (Health Sciences) served as the conference co-chairs, representing Region 9, at the NACADA Region 8, 9, & 10 Conference: Illuminating the Path of Possibilities, recently held in Las Vegas from Feb. 27-March 1. NACADA is the professional association for Academic…
February 21, 2023
Ashton Ridley (Journalism and Media Studies, KUNV) has been named to the Nevada Broadcasters Association board of directors.
February 21, 2023
The public radio KUNV 91.5 FM station recently won Beats Magazine's “2022 Smooth Jazz Station Of The Year.” On December 15 of last year, RADIO ONLINE, an outlet that provides the latest radio industry news, brought the news of the announcement to KUNV 91.5. The station is a nonprofit that is currently owned by the Nevada Board of Regents and…