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Office of Diversity Initiatives News

The Office of Diversity Initiatives provides leadership and support for UNLV's diversity mission: to nurture equity, diversity, and inclusiveness that promotes respect, support, and empowerment.

Current Diversity Initiatives News

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People | March 28, 2019

Mariana Sarmiento Hernández, once an undergraduate Dreamer, now helps undocumented students navigate the intricacies of immigration policy.

A UNLV student tour guide leads a group of Clark County School District students on a tour of UNLV's campus.
Business and Community | February 14, 2019

Nearly 300 local high school juniors visit UNLV during annual recruitment event.

diverse groups at student event
Campus News | February 1, 2019

As the most diverse university in the country, UNLV must become a national leader in student success among unrepresentative populations.

man in UNLV uniform
People | June 20, 2018

Along with dedicated allies, Conrad Wilson succeeds in quest to extend educational assistance to dependents of classified staff.

woman standing with street behind her
People | June 6, 2018

Ivet Aldaba-Valera was the first in her family to graduate from college and now she’s helping other first-generation students get to the finish line, too.

Barbee Oakes, chief diversity officer in hallway.
Campus News | September 25, 2017

UNLV’s new Chief Diversity Officer Barbee Oakes on building cultural intelligence and opening the pipeline for advancement.

Diversity Initiatives In The News

WAMC
November 1, 2018

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll travel to Las Vegas, Nevada…and talk to someone who has created an office of diversity at universities on both sides of the country.

Education Dive
October 3, 2018

The academic year is well underway and already campuses are grappling with many of the same issues that characterized the turbulence of 2017-18. Among them, free speech concerns, the ongoing debate over the efficacy of affirmative action admissions policies and increasing urgency around the need to manage rising tuition costs.

Las Vegas Review Journal
September 28, 2018

A few weeks after U.S. News and World Report ranked UNLV as one of the most diverse college campuses in the country, another report gave the university average marks for black student access and equity.

Education Dive
September 27, 2018

College campuses are more diverse, global and polarized than ever — and everyone is on social media, said Barbee Oakes, chief diversity officer at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas during a panel held by the Education Writers Association this week in Las Vegas. That's raising the stakes for higher ed crisis response in an era defined by increased unrest concerning issues of diversity and civility on campus.

KNPR News
April 20, 2017

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.

KNPR News
June 20, 2016

With 40 million visitors a year, Las Vegas’ economy is driven by tourist-- just like Orlando.

Diversity Initiatives Experts

Barrett is recognized as an expert in human resources, equal employment opportunity (EEO), Title IX, ADA, diversity, affirmative action and civil rights.

Recent Diversity Initiatives Accomplishments

April 19, 2019
Mariana Sarmiento Hernández (Office of Diversity Initiatives) served as the Keynote Speaker at the 2nd Annual UNLV Impact Awards, hosted by the Office of Service Learning and Leadership.  The UNLV Impact Awards seeks to recognize students whose engagement activities advance learning, justice, and social change with the community.
November 1, 2014
Harriet Barlow (Diversity Initiatives) will deliver the keynote address at the 37th annual Carbondale (Ill.) Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet. This year's theme is "All In for Justice and Equality: Your VOTE is a Path."
September 1, 2014
Joanna Jezierksa (Diversity Initiatives & Government Affairs) was a panel presenter at the annual conference of the American Library Association in Las Vegas in July. She discussed "Sticking with STEM: How the Academic Library Can Help to Retain Successful Students."
December 1, 2012
Takiyah Ray (Diversity Initiatives) recently graduated from the state of Nevada Certified Public Manager Program. The Certified Public Manager (CPM) program is a nationally recognized and nationally accredited leadership development program for public managers and supervisors. Her capstone quality improvement project was adopted as a CPM training...