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Campus News | May 17, 2022

Report commissioned following off-campus charity boxing event last November resulting in the tragic death of student Nathan Valencia. 

Top of grad cap during Winter 2021 Commencement
Campus News | May 9, 2022

More than 3,000 students from 40 states and 56 countries to participate in ceremonies at 4 p.m. May 13, and at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. May 14. All ceremonies at the Thomas & Mack Center. 

UNLV Football players entering Allegiant Stadium
Campus News | May 2, 2022

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

collage of mastiff dog pictures
Campus News | April 12, 2022

From the presidential puppy to financial aid info, Digital President Whitfield shares stories along with useful information for students.

UNLV students pose with check after winning innovation challenge
Campus News | April 7, 2022

UNLV launches new challenge for Rebels with an entrepreneurial eye, encourages interdisciplinary problem-solving.

students holding signs for Rebels Give fundraiser
Business and Community | March 30, 2022

Rebels Give is a 1,957-minute fundraising challenge (in honor of the date of UNLV’s founding) that encourages the community to get involved and support high-impact campus programs.  

President In The News

Los Angeles Sentinel
May 16, 2022

More than 300,000 football fans traveled to Las Vegas for the 2022 NFL Draft. To kick off the three-day, star-studded event, the Las Vegas Raiders, and the NFL brought together local activists and thought leaders representing academia, business, and civil rights communities for the League’s highly acclaimed Social Justice Roundtable discussion.

Sports Illustrated
May 3, 2022

The NFL and Las Vegas Raiders hosted a panel of leaders and educators to find ways of improving the city for all people.

Insight to Diversity
April 18, 2022

When Keith Whitfield, PhD, assumed the role of president at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) in 2020, he had an ambitious, if somewhat unrealistic, goal to speak with every student on campus — all 30,000 of them. Last month, in support of that vision, he commissioned a digital version of himself that is accessible to anyone at any time as a chatbot. The conversational chatbot acts as a “one-stop shop” for information on a wide range of topics, including campus resources, enrollment data, and much more.

Las Vegas Sun
April 8, 2022

A hyperloop public transportation system. An initiative to funnel students from marginalized communities into tech-related fields. A plan to brand Las Vegas as a “medical tourism” destination.

Las Vegas Sun
March 30, 2022

U.S. News & World Report recognized 23 UNLV programs, including 13 from the William S. Boyd School of Law, in its annual list of top graduate and professional schools.

El Tiempo
March 25, 2022

Recently, the Public Education Foundation (PEF) announced a new partnership with the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), which aims to address the current teacher shortage in public schools. This, through a mentoring program.

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Recent President Accomplishments

May 16, 2022
David G. Schwartz (Ombuds) recently published a post on From the Ombuds discussing the recent release of the ombuds office's quarterly summary for January to March 2022. In brief, the office has seen increased usage, and continues to deliver effective services to the campus community. For more information, please read the report.
May 11, 2022
David G. Schwartz (Ombuds) recently published a blog post about why visiting the ombuds is a good idea no matter what the stage of a conflict. The article, "When Should I See the Ombuds? (And Who Can Stop Me?)," discusses the options available to those in the midst of conflict and explains why the ombuds is a valuable resource for them. 
April 2, 2022
David G. Schwartz (Ombuds) has published a new post on From the Ombuds, the UNLV ombuds office's blog. Written in response to the International Ombuds Association's recent update of their code of ethics and standards of practice, the post summarizes the changes to those foundational documents and describes how they inform practices at UNLV.
March 14, 2022
David G. Schwartz (Ombuds Office) recently published a post on From the Ombuds, the office's blog. "A Matter of Perspective" begins with a personal observation that leads to some thoughts on how we present ourselves — and how what we see of others is not always the complete picture.
March 8, 2022
David G. Schwartz (Ombuds) recently published a post on "From the Ombuds," the official blog of the ombuds office about the importance of impartiality to the practice of ombuds. Impartiality is one of the four ethical principles that guide the practice of organizational ombuds, and as such informs the operation of UNLV's ombuds office.
March 2, 2022
David G. Schwartz (Ombuds) recently published a post on From the Ombuds, the official blog of the ombuds office. The post explores the importance of independence to the office, and articulates what it means.