UNR Resignation Calls Diversity Efforts Into Question (KUNR)

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Ever since a University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) 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. Jacob Solis reports that a very public resignation is shining a spotlight on internal divisions.

Iris West had worked at UNR for ten years when she decided to quit earlier this month. She was the assistant director of the school’s Latino Research Center, which is a bridge between the burgeoning community of Latino students and the university.

Now though, West says the institution is hanging by a thread after years of budget cuts which left the LRC hunting for extra grant money to help pay the bills.

“The Latino Research Center came to a point that it had no funding, it had no staff. It was just me in the office with no support,” West says.

Read more from our media partner, Reno Public Radio: http://kunr.org/post/unr-resignation-calls-diversity-efforts-question

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2 Comments

  1. As someone who used to teach and is now back at school as a student again, I think the trend toward dismantling race or gender specific studies on our campuses is the right approach. Contrary to what people may assume, what is happening is that all aspects of gender and ethnicity are now routinely part of every curriculum. So, there is no longer a need for segregated programs dedicated to a single ethnicity or gender. I think that a few schools will retain their antiquated “Black Studies” “Women’s Studies” and “Latino Studies” programs, but they will be the exceptions. Universities like the University of Nevada have taken the lead in including previously segregated gender and race politics, right into every curriculum, rendering the various, “____ studies” programs redundant and obsolete.

    • I would disagree with you Tyler. The only way that this information could be part of every curriculum is if you had by in across the board and professors re-educated themselves to this “new” material. I currently teach an African American history class at UNR and have a number of students that have taken other history courses and the feedback I have gotten for two semesters is that I am teaching them new material. Could you give me examples of what you are talking about so I can understand it better? thanks.

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