President Whitfield, in collaboration with university leaders, has created the campuswide Rebel Recovery Program. The road to recovery will be focused, inclusive, compassionate, and driven by the notion that the safety, security, and well-being of the UNLV family – our employees and students – is our priority. This program will be an ongoing and evolving effort.

Events and Communications

Rebel Recovery will include continued and consistent communication, events, and activities that give our faculty, staff, and students a voice in the process. This includes student and employee-focused meetings related to safety, security, and available support services: (Scheduled event dates are subject to change.)

  • "All Hands" faculty and staff meetings
  • Recurring updates on campus safety and security enhancements
  • President's mental health town hall
  • Student town hall meetings on resiliency
  • UPD-led security education training sessions
  • Scheduled and pop-up events and meetings for students, faculty, and staff to offer mental health, counseling, and wellness support services

Upcoming Events


Working with mental health and counseling staff on campus and in the community, our goal is to provide a variety of wellness services, events, and training opportunities throughout the spring. This will include pop-up mental health events, enhanced drop-in and group-based trauma therapy sessions, and training opportunities for employees and supervisors. This is in addition to services typically offered.

These will include but will not be limited to:

  • Mobile mental health support Virtual and in-person training for supervisors on ways to support faculty and staff who are dealing with stress
  • Training for faculty and instructors on mental health and incorporating a trauma-informed approach to teaching
  • Pop-up mental health and wellness activities with university and community support services
  • Drop-in crisis support services for all UNLV community members
  • Health education sessions and workshops on self-care, trauma-based coping strategies, and grounding skills
  • Trauma-focused therapy groups for students (through CAPS) and employees (through Employee Assistance Program)

Recovery Coordinating Team (RCT)

The Recovery Coordinating Team will meet regularly to support effective and coordinated implementation of UNLV’s recovery efforts including campus repairs, safety enhancements, space utilization issues, and suggestions for campus communications related to these ongoing issues. The committee will provide regular updates on its activities to President Whitfield. This committee will work in the future with the recommendations that arise from the Campus Committee on Safety and Security and process feedback from other faculty staff and student groups. Members will include:

  • Chris Heavey, Executive Vice President and Provost (Chair)
  • Casey Wyman, Vice President for Business Affairs / Chief Financial Officer
  • Adam Garcia, Vice President of Public Safety Services / Director of University Police Services Southern Command
  • Vince Alberta, Vice President for Integrated Marketing & Branding / Chief Marketing Officer

Committee on Campus Security and Safety

A large part of our recovery effort includes examining our physical safety and security.

A Committee on Campus Security and Safety, consisting of more than a dozen faculty, staff, students, and administrators is being created.

This committee will review existing security measures and protocols at all of our campuses and identify potential enhancements to processes, infrastructure, and systems. Simultaneously, members of the president’s senior leadership team are meeting regularly to ensure campus repairs, immediate safety enhancements, and campus space utilization efforts continue as quickly as possible. They’ll also process feedback from the Committee on Campus Security and Safety, and from faculty, staff, and student groups.

Committee Charge: The work of the committee will begin with a review of existing security measures and protocols. The committee should identify and propose new safety measures and physical systems. The review and suggestions should be focused on our campus community but should also consider the network of local community resources and contacts. The evaluations and suggestions should address the following:

  • Infrastructure improvements (i.e., alert systems across buildings, locking doors, video detection systems and UPD patrolling). Suggestions should consider UNLV’s Maryland Parkway, Shadow Lane, and Harry Reid Research and Technology Park campuses
  • Suggestions for responsibilities in the chain of command (personnel responsibilities and protocols for supervisors, chairs, deans, and senior leadership)
  • Safety-related Communications (messaging that includes timing, source, coordination, and origination of messaging)


  • Maggie Farrell (committee chair and dean rep)
  • Neil Opfer (Faculty Senate rep)
  • Ashley Stone (Administrative Faculty rep)
  • Breann Wickson (Classified Staff rep)
  • Bryan Hilbert and Nakia Jackson-Hale (President’s Advisory Committee reps)
  • Christopher Forepaugh (GPSA rep)
  • Alexus Loera and Nicole Garcia-Contreras (CSUN reps)
  • Musa Pam (facilities management rep)
  • Mark Sakurada (UPD rep)
  • Alicia Rico and Ian McDonough (department chair reps)
  • Shauna Landis (CAPS/wellness rep)
  • Bob Soulliere (OIT rep)
  • Heather Ortiz (communications rep)
  • Jennifer McCarthy (provost office rep)
  • Kris Davidson (research office rep)

The committee will meet regularly and share interim reports with the president. Their reporting will be shared with the chief of public safety and the chancellor.