The Black Mountain Institute, The Intersection, and the MSI Student Council are excited to announce the First-Generation Student Essay Contest. The contest is part of the UNLV 2020 First-Gen Celebration. The deadline to submit is Friday, November 13, 2020.

Details: Any first-generation UNLV student can enter this contest by picking one of these terms and writing a short personal essay inspired by it. Essays should be 500 words long. The essay should address the writer’s life experience in some way. 

Essays will be read and judged by writers and editors connected to the Black Mountain Institute. The winner … Read More


By Keren Jean Charles, MSI Student Council Member

Homecoming is a tradition that usually symbolizes the welcoming home of former students. It is usually celebrated by some games and a series of events and festivities. This year has been a tumultuous one. We are unable to experience the energy in the stadiums. Our friends yelling in our ears. The food and drinks. The teams. The music and dancing. We can’t do that this year, but we can still see our UNLV family. The Minority Serving Institution Student Council believes that even though we may not be able to enjoy games … Read More