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University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, Nevada 89154
(702) 774-8658
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School Information
"Since our first classes were held on campus in 1957, UNLV has transformed itself from a small branch college into a thriving urban research institution. Along the way, our urban university has become an indispensable resource in one of the country's fastest-growing and most enterprising cities" (Source: UNLV offers 80 majors and 43 minors. Additionally, the university offer 125 graduate degree programs. The student to faculty ratio is 20 to 1. The total undergraduate enrollment is approximately 25,000.
General Information
Following the death of George Floyd, UNLV has launched numerous initiatives in order to address anti-racism. The university has also been undergoing campus police changes. Bias and diversity training is made available to students and is encouraged of employees. At this time, no mandatory Critical Race Training is required of all students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • On August 18, 2023, UNLV issued a statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling on affirmative action which reads in part as follows: "The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to eliminate race-based considerations in the college admission process will not fundamentally impact UNLV’s open-access admissions policy or affect our mission of supporting a culture of equity and inclusion for our students, faculty, and staff. All are welcome at UNLV...We’ll continue to review the court’s ruling to ensure all university policies are in compliance with any updates to federal law, and we remain committed to the ideals of inclusion, diversity, and equity so that every member of our Rebel family feels a strong sense of belonging."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Anti-Black Racism Task Force will "develop and implement mandatory training to educate the campus community on bias, unconscious bias, etc" specifically for UNLV employees.
  • SDSJ provides diversity training and workshops.
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • UNLV's Anti-Black Racism Task Force aims to "create and implement diverse curriculum offerings.
  • Faculty at UNLV held an engagement series known as the Professors' Circle Spring 2021 for Promoting Anti-Racism in Your Classroom. The series centered on "developing more inclusive practices in the classroom and in creating materials that foster an anti-racist curriculum."
  • The Couple and Family Therapy Program incorporates diversity concepts in its curriculum.
Program and Research Funding
  • SDSJ provides $500 funding to student organizations that align with the office's goal.
  • The mission of UNLV’s Multicultural Program is to "encourage and recruit more minority and underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students1 into the STEM and healthcare related disciplines...."
  • On June 30, 2023, the College of Liberal Arts announced its "inaugural DEI [Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion] fellows which included a project that would advance "UNLV Top Tier 2.0 objectives related to social justice, equity, and inclusion."
Re-Imagining Policing
  • The Anti-Black Racism Task Force also seeks to "improve campus safety for Black faculty, staff and students through community policing initiatives, such as the University Police Advisory Board and NSHE Police Review Board."
  • The UNLV College of Education held an event titled "Uprooting School Psychology: 2021 School Psychology Anti-Racism UNconference" on July 30, 2021. This meeting sought to "uproot school psychological practices that perpetuate systems of racism and oppression."
  • UNLV Student Diversity and Social Justice offers "a variety of social and educational programs that work to affirm identities, provide space for learning and create community." This includes the Center for Social Justice Open House and numerous programs.
  • The Cultural Leadership Institute provides "interactive social justice and leadership workshops, aimed to empower students to become change agents."
  • UNLV's Student Diversity and Social Justice Department (SDS)J provides numerous resources for race/ethnicity.
  • The Center for Social Justice offers numerous resources to students regarding social justice and diversity.
  • The Black/African American Program is interested in "creating programs, facilitating workshops, and providing resources with the goal of affirming, educating, and empowering students."
  • The Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach seeks to "provide traditional and innovative educational opportunities to a diverse community through targeted services and research that promote personal success."
  • In Fall 2013, the Council of African-American Professionals was created to " promote diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency, with a particular focus on black faculty, staff, administrators, and students at UNLV, and issues that affect our professional development and career advancement."
  • The Intersection program offers resources, academic support, and mentoring for students of color.
  • UNLV's We Need To Talk series discusses racism and inclusion in education by providing resources.
  • UNLV created an educational series called "Hate Uncycled" in order to address social justice. This series included a town hall.
  • University of Nevada-Las Vegas is hosting "Uprooting School Psychology: 2021 School Psychology Anti-Racism UNconference." The description reads, "An UNconference is a participant-driven gathering that seeks to dismantle hierarchical structures and co-create knowledge and resources. We are seeking to uproot school psychological practices that perpetuate systems of racism and oppression."
  • On February 3, 2021, UNLV hosted a virtual monthly engagement series titled The Professors’ Circle which “focused on developing more inclusive practices in the classroom and in creating materials that foster an anti-racist curriculum.”
  • In November of 2021, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas was seeking an Assistant Professor-in-Residence for The Anthropology of Race and Racism, with qualifications that include “support for diversity, equity and inclusiveness.”
  • The UNLV library provides various resources on Critical Race Theory and CRT in education.
  • Search Advocates at UNLV "[Identify] and [promote] practices that advance diversity and social justice" (as it relates to hiring practices) and "[disrupt] and [minimize] the impacts of cognitive and structural biases."
Symbolic Actions
  • UNLV participated in the College of Southern Nevada's Nevada System of Higher Education 2020 Diversity Summit which aimed to discuss "emerging challenges and successes in achieving diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts within the United States, Nevada, and NSHE."
  • The UNLV president released a message of solidarity following the death of George Floyd by stating, "UNLV stands in solidarity with our African American faculty, staff, and students in denouncing this heinous act, in expecting accountability, and in demanding systemic change."
  • The Anti-Black Racism Task Force and UNLV issued the following statement: "We stand united in our commitment to equity, inclusion, and justice for all people, and state without reservations our belief that Black Lives Matter and the lives of all people who live in this world matter. We raise our voices in solidarity with all communities of color, partners, allies, and others who struggle for the equitable and humane treatment of all disenfranchised, under-resourced, under-represented, and under-served groups. We denounce police brutality, racial injustice, and anti-Blackness. We put this call of action to a few to inspire the participation of many in order to bring true systemic change to UNLV, Las Vegas, Nevada, the nation, and the world. Please stand with us!"
Last updated March 27th, 2024
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