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Police speak with one of the student members of UNR's Black Student Union in 1971. Photo from the 1972 edition of the University of Nevada, Reno yearbook, Artemisia.
Credit Courtesy of the Special Collections Department, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries.

This fall, there’s been a lot of talk and media coverage about the campus climate at the University of Nevada, Reno in light of several incidents of hate and bias on campus. Those have included graffiti of swastikas and flyers for a white nationalist group.

Marc Johnson mingling at the reception following his annual university speech.
Stephanie Serrano

The head of the University of Nevada, Reno says the school is accomplishing a number of growth-related goals while at the same time working to address recent incidents involving white nationalism. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano reports.

Noah Glick

As the University of Nevada, Reno kicked off its third week of classes, students were greeted by more than just homework. There were also fliers from a white supremacy group scattered throughout campus.

A male student wearing shorts and short sleeve shirt walks out of the Nevada Living Learning Community residence hall. There is grass and strees in front of the brick building that has windows facing the grassy area.
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Editor’s note (9-27-19): Since this article was published, the University of Nevada, Reno has provided new language abour the Latinx dorm wing. According to UNR: “This living learning community is open to all qualified students with an interest in Latinx culture and history and/or identify as Latinx.” The audio and text for t

Photo from the 1972 edition of the University of Nevada, Reno yearbook, Artemisia. / Courtesy of the Special Collections Department, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries.

We close out Black History Month with the story of one of the first Black student organizations at the University of Nevada, Reno. Historian Alicia Barber takes us back to 1971, when a group of students took a stand by sitting down, in this week’s segment of Time & Place.

University of Nevada Reno President Marc Johnson says the state of the school is strong, citing increased student enrollment as well as gains in becoming the state's only top-tier research institution. The president also discussed issues surrounding diversity and inclusion on campus.

For the seventh time since taking the top job at UNR, Marc Johnson delivered his annual state of the university address to a ballroom filled with staff, faculty and community members.

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The University of Nevada, Reno has been dealing with the aftermath of recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia where one of its students was photographed participating in a white supremacist rally. 

The events have sparked broader conversations about diversity on campus -- and vocal criticism of the school's efforts, including the recent appointment of its chief diversity officer.   It was a decision made by university president Marc Johnson, who spoke Thursday with our reporter Jacob Solis. 

Noah Glick

Ever since a University of Nevada, Reno student was pictured at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last month, the university has been putting extra effort into touting its diversity. But behind the scenes, concerns are brewing that the administration’s diversity efforts are not as robust as they may seem.

And, as Jacob Solis reports, a very public resignation is shining a spotlight on internal divisions. 

Laila Lalami's 'Love Affair' With The English Language

Jan 27, 2017
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Author Laila Lalami has written three novels, including The Moor’s Account, which was nominated for the Man Booker Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer.

Cortez Masto Becomes First Latina Senator

Jan 3, 2017
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Catherine Cortez Masto has been sworn in to the U.S. Senate, becoming Nevada's first female in the upper chamber of Congress and the nation's first Latina senator. Our News Director Michelle Billman reports. 

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Minorities account for nearly 40 percent of the population in the U.S., but journalists of color make up only a small fraction of major newsrooms. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray sits down with Tristan Ahtone, University of Nevada, Reno’s Reynolds School of Journalism Diversity Fellow in Residence, to talk about why diverse perspectives matter in reporting.

 

University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson visits with graduate Jena Valenzuela (center) and Veterans Services Director Terina Caserto.
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It’s graduation season throughout the area. And two weeks ago the quad was packed with thousands of cheering friends and tearful family members seated in rows of white chairs on the green grass amid a sea of black caps and gowns adorned with silver and blue.

The 2016 spring commencement ceremonies featured a University of Nevada, Reno record of 2,710 degrees awarded for undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and medical degrees. And with another record enrollment expected in the fall, this trend is likely to continue for some time.

With a steadily growing population  on campus, some 600 Latino students will graduate this month from the University of Nevada, Reno. About 525 will receive undergraduate degrees, nearly 80 will earn masters' degrees, while a number of others will receive their Ph.D's and medical doctoral degrees.

And Friday evening, May 6, at 5:30, the Joe Crowley Student Union will be filled with students, friends, faculty and family for the 2016 Latino Graduate Celebration.

Women With A Vision

This week, students at the University of Nevada, Reno held a conference on how to make healthcare more accessible for everyone no matter their race, socioeconomic situation, gender identity, legal status, or anything else.

The school's Division of Health Sciences brought in Deon Haywood for that conversation. She runs a nonprofit in New Orleans that's been helping under-served populations for almost three decades. While in Reno, she caught up with our News Director Michelle Billman.

University of Nevada, Reno sophomore Shahil Pema at the KUNR studios.
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An important facet of the University of Nevada, Reno's mission is to reflect and promote diversity in every way possible.

Sophomore Shahil Pema, a first-generation student from Las Vegas, is a shining example of the quality of current students on campus as part of the university's record levels of diversity. Pema was the guest of University President Marc Johnson on KUNR's Beyond the Headlines (interviewed by David Stipech; air date 1-22-16).