Students of the Black / African American Program posing for a photo together.


The Black/African American Program Coordinator serves UNLV’s Afrodescendant student population. They are responsible for creating programs, facilitating workshops, and providing resources with the goal of affirming, educating, and empowering students. The Coordinator also addresses the needs of Afrodescendent students through collaborative advocacy, coalition building, and explicitly communicating the barriers deterring Afrodescendant students from personal, professional, and academic success.

Contact the Coordinator


The following are key programs offered to UNLV students:


  • Annual Black Carpet
    • The Black Carpet was designed as a means to celebrate and recognize the contributions of Black students, staff, faculty, and community members. What started as one of the premier events during Black History Month, the Black Carpet is now an annual campus tradition that honors those within the African Diaspora. This event provides an opportunity for attendees to dance, eat, and celebrate the Black Community!  The following awards are given out at this event each year:
      • Audre Lorde Leadership Award (Recognizes Black student leader at UNLV)
      • Dr. Bert Babero Sr. Faculty/Staff Award (Recognizes Black staff or faculty member at UNLV)
      • The Blackprint Award (Recognizes UNLV Black registered student organization)
      • Claytee White Community Advocate Award (Recognizes Black community member or partner)

To submit nominations for these awards, please visit this page.

  • Black History Month Trivia
    • Each day during Black History Month, there is a new trivia question posted on SDSJ’s social media to raise awareness about facts that are not too commonly known when learning about Black History. The purpose of this initiative is to engage broader audiences when learning about the historical contributions from those within the African Diaspora.
  • Juneteenth Celebration
    • Each year, SDSJ presents a program to celebrate and acknowledge the cultural significance of Juneteenth, the anniversary of the emancipation of those who were enslaved in the United States.
  • #WhileBlackAtUNLV Marketing Campaigns
    • It is important to recognize and acknowledge that the Black experience at UNLV is not a single story. Through passive marketing campaigns, the Black/African American Programs Team creates graphics and literature to highlight various topics that center those within the African Diaspora.  A few topics that have been highlighted are Black womxn’s empowerment, Black mental health, Black historical monuments, and Black hidden figures.
  • Black Students Matter
    • The Office of Student Diversity Programs, in collaboration with the Office of Counseling and Psychological Services, provides a healing space for students within the African Diaspora.  More information about the dates and times for this initiative during the Spring 2021 semester will be released at a later time.


There are many resources and services available for student success at UNLV and our local community. The following is a sampling of those resources:

For the Culture: Resources for the African Diaspora

The contents of this resource are not an exhaustive list of every single resource available to individuals within the Afrodescendant diaspora at UNLV.

If you notice any kind of resource missing, please submit your resource. We will be accepting submissions throughout the academic year as we prepare for future publications.

On-campus Resources

UNLV Affinity Groups