As an effort to increase and sustain diversity, the University of Nevada, Reno has added two new dorm wings this school year, specifically for Latinx and LGBTQ+ students. Latinx is a gender neutral term for describing Latinos. KUNR's Andrew Mendez has this report.
On move-in day, resident assistants guide students and their families to check-in as they carry boxes full of clothes and push dollies.
The Nevada Living Learning Community at UNR offers nine unique wings that support academic and social experiences for 320 students.
Residents living in the new Latinx wing must be pursuing a dual degree or dual major in Spanish, be a recipient of the Hispanic Gateway Scholarship or be interested in participating in the Hispanic Gateway Program, which offers students opportunities to explore Latinx cultures.
Students who live in the LGBTQ+ wing must be a part of or an ally to that community. Throughout the school year, they will explore topics around LGBTQ+ identities and history.
Jennifer Hill is the director of the Gender, Race and Identity Department at UNR. She was part of a collaborative effort in the creation of these new living spaces.
“They serve as places where people can make friends, explore ideas casually and formally in the classes affiliated with them,” Hill said.
But Hill says they also provide the college experience that everyone hopes for.
“That is: to feel supported," she said, "to feel safe, to come home to a place they feel they fit in. ”
Latinx students now make up nearly 20 percent of the total student population at UNR.
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