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Sierra Nevada University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
999 Tahoe Blvd
Incline Village, Nevada 89451
(775) 831-1314
School Information
Sierra Nevada University (SNU) is a private university in Incline Village, Nevada in the Sierras. Founded in 1969, the college is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Prior to 2020, the institution was known as Sierra Nevada College. In the summer of 2019, Dr. Ed Zschau became the interim president of Sierra Nevada University and, among other initiatives, spearheaded the change in the institution's name. It was announced that Sierra Nevada University was acquired by the University of Nevada, Reno on July 1, 2022. Certain programs, courses and professors of SNU would be kept by the University of Nevada, Reno.
General Information
Sierra Nevada University adheres to a “Diversity Statement” that fuses racial justice and climate justice. It upholds diversity as an “essential facet of an education” and emphasizes equity. Its Masters of Fine Art in Interdisciplinary Art program issued a statement supporting “Black Lives Matter,” condemning America for centuries of “oppression and marginalization,” defending “unrest and unease,” and pushing to “replace [the voices] of white privilege.” There is no evidence SNU requires critical race theory-related training for its faculty or students.

Actions Taken

Symbolic Actions
  • SNU's diversity statement claims that "climate justice is racial justice." It seeks to "cultivate an academic community with an emphasis on equity," adding, "we believe diversity is its own reward, and is an essential facet of an education that prepares students to be thoughtful and engaged citizens of the world."
  • Associate Dean of the College of Education and Human Development and Professor of Multicultural Education Eleni Oikonomidoy received the "2020 Inclusion, Equity and Diversity Leadership award." She teaches graduate and undergraduate classes at University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). Note: UNR is in the process of acquiring Sierra Nevada University.
Last updated April 10th, 2023
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