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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

People | June 5, 2020

How a classroom assignment led UNLV alumna Jessica Walters Murrey to a career as a social change communication expert.

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Campus News | January 24, 2020

Best Teaching Practices Expo showcases their research, tools, and technology.

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Business and Community | December 30, 2019

A collection of news stories from 2019 highlighting UNLV's impact in Southern Nevada and beyond.

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Business and Community | October 1, 2019

More than 400 expected for daylong conference focused on nurturing equity, diversity, and inclusion at Nevada’s public college campuses.

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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.

Diversity Initiatives In The News

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.

El Tiempo
November 13, 2019

“Change the Subject” is a documentary that shares the story of a group of university students committed to advancing and promoting the rights and dignity of undocumented people.

Las Vegas-Review Journal
October 7, 2019

Speaking at a diversity-focused event at UNLV on Friday, Ambassador Attallah Shabazz, the eldest daughter of Malcolm X, connected the youth activists of today to those who led the Civil Rights and anti-war movements of the 1960s.

Diverse: Issues In Higher Education
October 7, 2019

The Nevada System of Higher Education convened nearly 500 educators at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on Friday for its 8th annual Southern Nevada Diversity Summit under the theme, “Nurturing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.”

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...