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Voters line up outside a polling station.
Shane Morris / Adobe Stock

As election day approaches, some states in the Mountain West are preparing for potential voter intimidation and violence following rhetoric from President Donald Trump.

UNLV Sociology Professor Simon Gottschalk
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

With white supremacist violence on the rise nationwide, a University of Nevada, Las Vegas sociologist is studying how the Internet can turn hateful feelings into deadly actions.

A wall decoration says, "The strength of the pack is the wolf...and the strength of the wolf is the pack."
Lucia Starbuck

This fall, the University of Nevada, Reno has been confronted with numerous acts of white supremacy, hate and bias on campus. Different incidents have occurred across multiple buildings, including Wolf Pack Tower, a residence hall located in downtown Reno. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck and Andrew Mendez visited the tower to see how students and staff are doing.

The University of Nevada, Reno has seen a recent rash of hate messages on campus. And now, some in the community are working to hold the administration accountable.

Lydia Huerta is a professor at UNR, in the Race, Gender and Identity Department. She was born in the U.S., grew up in Mexico, and moved back to the states at the age of 15.

KUNR's Stephanie Serrano sat down with Huerta to talk about her experience during this tense time on campus.

Students gathered outside the Joe Crowley Student Union to protest Turning Point USA's Culture War event.
Stephanie Serrano

A controversial conservative speaker sparked emotion and activity at the University of Nevada, Reno Monday night. But it wasn't just the speaker who was outspoken during the planned event.

KUNR's Paul Boger and Stephanie Serrano were there and have this report.

Nota de la editora: Esta nota fue publicada por KUNR y la versión original ha sido traducida y adaptada como parte de la colaboración entre KUNR y The Nevada Independent. 

The University of Nevada, Reno released the findings of its Speak Your Truth campus climate survey during two forums Wednesday. The results come as the campus is grappling with multiple expressions of hate that have recently occurred. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano was at the forums and brought back some data and insight on how students are feeling.

App profile for the Nevada SafePack app. The app has a large navy blue N and the words Safe pack underneath in blue and gold.
Screenshot taken by Andrew Mendez. Rights to the application are owned by the University of Nevada, Reno.

Update: Wednesday, Sep. 18 11:28 a.m.  Since this story first aired, Marc Johnson, president of the University of Nevada, Reno sent an email to the campus community Tuesday addressing concerns related to white supremacist activity on campus. "Faculty, staff and students must stand guard against the hateful rhetoric and propaganda that would lead us to believe that our community is fractured. Our power is in standing together," Johnson said in the email.

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.

Anti-Defamation League

Hate-related activities are on the rise nationwide, and our region is seeing a disproportionate amount of these incidents given our population, especially when it comes to white supremacy.

Noah Glick

The University of Nevada, Reno community came together Wednesday to address the actions taken by a UNR student during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month.

But many faculty and students are frustrated at what they say is a lack of action by the school’s administration to fight racism and bigotry on campus.