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


The role of the Black/African American Program Coordinator at UNLV is dedicated to serving the Afrodescendant student community. This individual is tasked with designing and implementing programs, conducting workshops, and offering resources aimed at affirming, educating, and empowering students. Additionally, the Coordinator actively addresses the specific needs of Afrodescendant students by engaging in collaborative advocacy, building coalitions, and transparently addressing the obstacles that hinder their personal, professional, and academic success.

Contact the Coordinator

Programs UNLV offers various key programs to its students, including

Annual Black Carpet

The Black Carpet is a cherished campus tradition designed to celebrate and honor the contributions of Black students, staff, faculty, and community members. Initially established as a premier event during Black History Month, this annual gathering within the African Diaspora provides an opportunity for attendees to dance, dine, and rejoice in the Black community. The event features the presentation of prestigious awards:

  • Dr. Bert Babero Sr. Faculty/Staff Award (Honoring a Black staff or faculty member at UNLV)
  • The Black Print Award (Acknowledging a UNLV Black registered student organization)
  • Claytee White Community Advocate Award (Recognizing a Black community member or partner) To submit nominations for these awards, please visit this page.

Black History Month Trivia

Throughout Black History Month, SDSJ's social media platforms feature daily trivia questions to shed light on lesser-known facts about Black history. This initiative aims to engage a broader audience in learning about the historical contributions from those within the African Diaspora.

Juneteenth Celebration

Each year, SDSJ organizes a program to commemorate Juneteenth, recognizing the cultural significance of this day that marks the emancipation of those who were enslaved in the United States.


Marketing Campaigns Understanding that the Black experience at UNLV is diverse, the Black/African American Programs Team employs passive marketing campaigns. These campaigns include graphics and literature highlighting various topics central to the African Diaspora, such as Black womxn's empowerment, Black mental health, Black historical monuments, and Black hidden figures.

Black Students Matter

In collaboration with the Office of Counseling and Psychological Services, the Office of Student Diversity Programs provides a healing space for students within the African Diaspora through the Black Students Matter initiative. More information about 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