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

WELCOME TO THE SSC BLOG

News & Updates

Welcome to the MSI Student Services Committee Blog. Here you will find information about the progress this committee is making toward advancing student success initiatives for campus students of color, including promoting educational equity and eliminating the achievement gap.

Purpose of the SSC:
  • To review student-facing programs, service models, and policies that have implications for equity.

  • Share best practices across campus and work with units on the refinement of existing student services and development of new ones.