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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

Campus News | October 8, 2020

Nevada's undergraduate students are steadfast in pursuing higher education at UNLV despite COVID-19 challenges.

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Campus News | September 30, 2020

UNLV doctoral student explores the historical context, charge, and challenge for Nevada institutions at the Southern Nevada Diversity Summit Oct. 2.

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People | September 22, 2020

Alumnus Geoff Hughes partnered with UNLV Office of Diversity Initiatives to create Stephanie Wolf Hughes First Generation Scholarship for accounting students.

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People | September 8, 2020

This new employee in the career services office wants others across campus to join him in helping students on their career journeys.

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Campus News | September 2, 2020

New law school requirement draws in multiple faculty members to address race, policing, and legal system.

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Campus News | August 27, 2020

African American Studies professors say ridding the classroom of racism begins with self-reflection.

Diversity Initiatives In The News

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
October 5, 2020

More than a dozen community-based organizations in Nevada that help immigrants will be receiving an additional $516,000. That money will allow them to provide financial assistance to immigrant families.

Las Vegas Sun
September 21, 2020

Brenda Williams had just been hired as the first Black bank teller in Nevada.

Las Vegas Sun
September 21, 2020

Brenda Williams had just been hired as the first Black bank teller in Nevada.

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
June 19, 2020

For the Miller family, Hey Reb! holds a special meaning. In 1982, Artist Mike Miller created his version of the University of Nevada Las Vegas mascot.

Yahoo!
June 18, 2020

UNLV is one of the most diverse college campuses in the nation, and now nearly 4,500 people have signed a petition for the university to get a new mascot. 13 Action News Reporter Marissa Kynaston shows how the school is responding to the nation to the nation wide protests

KTNV-TV: ABC 13
June 18, 2020

Over 4,500 people have signed a petition for UNLV to get a new mascot, after the school removed their bronze Hey Reb! statue from campus.

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...