We foster community collaborations to transform lives and view challenges as opportunities.
The Greenspun College of Urban Affairs develops solutions for progressive and resilient cities. Resilient communities are prepared for their challenges. They value productive urban governments that create effective public policy. Progressive cities embrace social equity and diversity. Finally, the citizens of effective cities exhibit a willingness and desire to work together and to have strong productive inclusive engagement about important community issues. The Greenspun College of Urban Affairs, then, is a 21st-century academic interdisciplinary college designed to develop unique solutions for today’s complex, dynamic, and exciting urban environment.
The UNLV Debate Team, housed in the Department of Communication Studies, sponsors and hosts an annual middle and high school summer debate camp, teaching local students the art and science of competitive debate. The team also founded the “Las Vegas Debate League” (LVDL), partnering with the Clark County School District. The UNLV Debate Team is dedicated to increasing opportunities for local students to participate in competitive policy debate.
Nonprofit, Community, Leadership
The Nonprofit, Community, Leadership Initiative located in Downtown Las Vegas works to help local nonprofits and government agencies fulfill their missions. Housed in the School of Public Policy and Leadership, NCLI faculty, staff and graduate students help nonprofits tackle issues like fundraising, grant writing, and employee retention. Graduate students also assist nonprofits, such as The Rogers Foundation, in reviewing grant proposals for funding purposes.
Criminal Justice Mock Trial Team
Mentored by practicing legal professionals, undergraduate students in the Criminal Justice Mock Trial team are already learning what it takes to become a trial lawyer.
Urban Affairs Program Helps Local Nonprofits Bloom
Nonprofit, Community, and Leadership Initiative works to bolster and improve collaboration between groups
Behavioral and Mental Health Support
School of Social Work
Faculty, staff, and students provided counseling services and resources to MGM Resorts International employees impacted by the Oct. 1. Las Vegas shooting. Social work staff was among the several UNLV counselors who provided emotional support around the Las Vegas Valley.
Nevada Partnership for Training
For more than 10 years, the UNLV School of Social Work has collaborated in the Nevada Partnership for Training, a statewide consortium of family service agencies. In Southern Nevada, UNLV partners with Clark County Department of Family Services to deliver skill-based programs for professionals who work with children and families.
An interdisciplinary team of urban affairs faculty produced a white paper on the state of youth homelessness in Southern Nevada. Faculty presented their findings at a summit sponsored by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas Sands and Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth Nov. 2, 2017. The college is partnering with community groups to help the homeless youth.
For the last 10 years, the UNLV School of Social Work has played an important role in workforce development of child welfare system employees.
Safe and Resilient Communities
At this time, in Las Vegas, we need solutions to create safe and resilient cities that welcome and keep residents and tourists safe. We need to be prepared for terrorism and the realities of the 21st century. We need to be able to be able to work with law enforcement, public and private organizations, and the entire community to become more resilient. We need solutions for the media to inform citizens and to create shared meaning throughout Las Vegas. Our students and faculty are creating unique solutions in each of these areas.