Receivers of UNLV’s new Neighborhood Engagement Awards have actually studied quality of life problems in Las Vegas’ historical Westside community, worked with numerous companies on course jobs, assisted location youth get ready for college, and more.
Provided for the very first time this year, the Community Engagement Awards were developed to honor those on school who demonstrate a commitment to neighborhood collaboration, which is one of the university’s five Leading Tier objectives. The awards particularly acknowledge community-based research, service-learning, administrative faculty/classified staff service, and student service.
” It’s amazing to have the opportunity to recognize the fantastic community engagement activities of our professors, personnel, and trainees at UNLV,” stated Sue DiBella, interim executive director of the Office of Neighborhood Engagement. “The applications we received represent a rich variety of projects and activities. They really show the breadth of cooperation between the university and its lots of neighborhood partners.”
A choice committee reviewed the 28 applications gotten for awards in the four classifications. The inaugural receivers are Christie Batson, Community-Based Research study Faculty Award; Anna Smedley-López, Service-Learning Faculty Award; Keith Rogers, the Staff Service Award; and Fall Spicer, the Student Service Award Overviews of their community engagement activities are offered below.
Office of Community Engagement Community-Based Research study Professors Award.
Christie Batson, Ph.D.– Partner Teacher, Department of Sociology
Christie Batson focuses on city and social demography and takes a look at neighborhood quality of life problems in Southern Nevada. Through a partnership with the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority, the Safe Village Effort, and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Authorities Department, Batson conducted an in-depth, mixed-methods research study taking a look at community lifestyle and area attachment in one of Las Vegas’ most historic communities, the Westside, which is the home of the largest neighborhood of African-American homeowners in Las Vegas. Her research job revealed important issues about public real estate policies, community financial advancement, community places of significance for residents, and relationships in between homeowners and the cops. Batson’s findings offer crucial data used by neighborhood residents, regional politicians, housing agencies, social provider, and police to enhance our understanding of social conditions that add to neighborhood resiliency.
Workplace of Community Engagement Service-Learning Award.
Anna C. Smedley-López, Ph.D.– Assistant Teacher in Residence, Department of Sociology
Anna Smedley-López leads the Department of Sociology’s Service Knowing Initiative for Community Engagement in Sociology (SLICES), a multi-semester program for trainees registered in SOC 205: Ethnic Groups in Contemporary Society. SLICES is a community-based research service-learning initiative that partners UNLV undergraduate students with Las Vegas organizations and coalitions in assistance of racial/ethnic/immigration education and equity. PIECES students work carefully with local partners to finish community-based, participatory research tasks that align straight with course learning goals. While finishing their tasks trainees gain professional abilities, increase their understanding of culturally qualified research, and find out the significance of working with the neighborhood. SLICES’ collaborative projects have consisted of topics such as legal help for asylees with the Immigrant Justice Effort, cultural and environmental conservation with the Protect Gold Butte Initiative, resources for undocu/DACAmented students with the UNLV UndocuNetwork, health equity with the Nevada Minority Health and Equity Collation, trainee belonging and success with the UNLV Crossway, and the prison pipeline with the Las Vegas chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. Neighborhood partners share in the planning, activities, data utilize, and outcomes established through the tasks. Office of Community Engagement Staff Service Award.
Keith Rogers– Deputy Executive Director, Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach
Keith Rogers works with the UNLV Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach (CAEO) to bridge the space between secondary education attainment and access to post-secondary programs for under-represented, low-income, and first-generation trainees in the Las Vegas valley. Through a collaboration with the Clark County School District (CCSD), Rogers led efforts to provide more than 20,000 CCSD students with academic support and services at 30 of the most affordable performing schools in the district. These schools are faced with numerous challenges, such as overcrowded class and limited ability to guide and prepare trainees for post-secondary education. The grade point averages, high school graduation rates, and college enrollment rates at these schools have increased through trainee and school involvement in CAEO programs. These programs have led numerous participating students to enroll at UNLV, resulting in a more varied UNLV student body, specifically in the STEM disciplines. These programs also led to an increase in the academic success of minority, low-income, and first-generation UNLV students by providing assistance for incoming freshmen who might be underprepared academically and economically.
Office of Neighborhood Engagement Trainee Service Award.
Fall Spicer– Graduate Student, Master’s of Business Administration
Fall Spicer volunteered to produce an outreach program between UNLV Athletics and multiple community companies, including The John C. Kish Foundation, the Clark County School District, 3 Square, the Southern Nevada Health District, the After School All-Stars, the Las Vegas Rotary Club, the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, and Group Impact. The goal of the program was to facilitate and increase volunteerism amongst UNLV student-athletes, coaches, and personnel. She assisted arrange and establish volunteer opportunities across Southern Nevada, increasing UNLV Athletics service hours from 1,479 hours to 13,058 hours throughout 3 years. These opportunities allowed student-athletes to participate in a range of volunteer activities, consisting of combating cravings with Three Square by packing meal bags for kids, families, and the elderly; reading to, connecting with, and serving as good example to financially disadvantaged children; dealing with the Nevada Collaboration for Homeless Youth to gather and disperse toiletry items to homeless youth in shelters; and speaking out against violence and bullying in elementary schools.