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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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Campus News | September 13, 2021

UNLV moves from second into a four-way tie for first in annual U.S. News & World Report list for “campus ethnic diversity.”

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Business and Community | May 19, 2021

University's "We Need to Talk" virtual discussion series returns May 27.

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Campus News | April 6, 2021

Learning more about the heritage and cultures of our campus community.

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Campus News | November 24, 2020

The 2020 CollegeNet Social Mobility Index places UNLV in the top 10% of universities nationwide.

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.

Diversity Initiatives In The News

American School & University
September 28, 2021

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has significantly increased the number of all-gender bathrooms on its campuses.

Las Vegas Black Image Magazine
April 8, 2021

There are many treasures in Las Vegas and one most valued notable will soon be retiring from her post: Dr. Barbee Oakes, Chief Diversity Officer for UNLV. Often described as a guru of diversity, equity and inclusion, Oakes has spent four years advancing inclusive programming that makes UNLV one of the most diverse universities in the nation. She has implemented a “Cultural Intelligence Leadership Series” that fosters a culture of inclusive excellence among senior administrators, academic leaders, and faculty.

Las Vegas Black Image Magazine
April 8, 2021

Spring is upon us, and we are grateful to be moving closer to our regular routines while staying safe.

The Nevada Independent
February 24, 2021

State of the University addresses are, traditionally, fairly bland affairs. They are a chance for university presidents to be boosters, to laud the university’s successes and sell the school’s upward trajectory to an audience of administrators, faculty, students and donors. 

Las Vegas Review Journal
January 20, 2021

UNLV is retiring the Hey Reb! mascot, but retaining its Rebels nickname, university president E. Keith Whitfield announced Tuesday afternoon.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
December 21, 2020

Thirteen community-based organizations that support Nevada’s immigrant communities have given out $1 million in funding.

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...