CELEBRATING FIRST-GEN @UNLV

This year, we’re going campus-wide for National First Generation Day 2020! The 2020 National First-Generation College Celebration day falls on a Sunday, Nov. 8, but here at UNLV, we’re kicking off festivities on Nov. 6 and engaging our campus through Nov. 13.

All members of our community are invited to celebrate the success and presence of UNLV students, faculty and staff who are the first in their families to attend college. All UNLV first-generation students, faculty and staff are invited to show your first-gen pride through social media properties. The UNLV community at-large is also invited to share our support … Read More

INTRODUCING THE MINORITY SERVING INSTITUTION (MSI) STUDENT COUNCIL

The UNLV MSI Task Force Student Services Subcommittee is excited to introduce the MSI Student Council to the UNLV community.  Over the past few months, the subcommittee has been working to get this ground-breaking initiative created and implemented to serve the community starting fall 2020.  The MSI Student Council is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, and it will take important steps at ensuring that student-facing programs, service models, and policies exist to help historically underrepresented students thrive at UNLV.

Twelve nominated UNLV students were selected to serve on the council for the 2020 – 2021 school year. … Read More

JUSTICE IMPACTED STUDENTS

New UNLV Initiative

Issues of mass incarceration and criminalization in American society are well documented. For individuals looking to change their lives and put the stigma of their pasts behind them, higher education provides an opportunity for upward social and economic mobility. Despite the opportunity a college education provides, students with criminal backgrounds (justice-involved/impacted individuals) often encounter cultural and structural barriers which negatively affect issues of access and success. Source: NASPA.org

Some UNLV students face societal barriers as a result of their interaction with the criminal justice system. Having an arrest, criminal charge, or record of conviction can impact … Read More

FOSTERING SCHOLARS

By Rian Satterwhite, Director, Office of Service Learning & Leadership

In September 2018 the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) launched the Foster Youth Success Initiative and approved the Foster Youth Fee Waiver. To continue this important work, UNLV was recently successful in securing funding from the Walter S. Johnson Foundation to create a position and program to better support UNLV former foster youth through wrap-around services and to ensure that all who are eligible are taking advantage of the NSHE Foster Youth Fee Waiver.

The program will launch Fall 2020, with the anticipated hire of a new … Read More