Neurodiversity Alliance

Neurodiversity is the idea that people with neurological and/or psychological conditions deserve respect, should not be pathologized and are entitled to live full and satisfying lives.

Many members of the Wolf Pack – faculty, staff and students – share neurodiverse identities, but neurodiversity affects far more than the neurodiverse population; it impacts the entire University. The Neurodiversity Alliance’s mission is to raise awareness, promote access and ensure equity for the neurodiverse population at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Our newly formed alliance has three primary activities:

  • We advocate Universal Design for Learning (UDL), an approach to learning that recognizes variation in human cognition and neurological conditions as natural, to afford every student an equal opportunity to succeed.
  • We identify unintentional institutional barriers that disadvantage neurodiverse people, and we develop alternative practices that do not discriminate.
  • We coordinate faculty and student efforts to form an alliance that pools resources to meet the different needs of every neurodiverse person at the University.

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Neurodiversity Alliance current officers:

Alliance Chair and Elections and Nominations Committee Chair: Jim Cherney,

Alliance Secretary: Dawn Snell,

Allied Staff Representative: Naomi Irwin,

Allied Student Representative: Jade Connor,

Allied Faculty Representative and Finance and Development Committee Chair: Jeffrey Hutsler,

Outreach and Events Committee Chair: Z. Li,

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Neurodiversity news & perspectives

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Neurodiversity Alliance to hold panel and lunch social March 21 during Neurodiversity Celebration Week

“Looking Beyond the Spectrum” celebrates living authentically on the neurodivergent spectrum

The Pennington Student Achievement Center

Healthy Minds Study: understanding mental health on campus

The Healthy Minds Study survey was recently sent out to students and, for the first time, faculty and staff at the University – check your inbox!

Callie Whitsit and Autumn Cuellar finger painting at a 2021 art therapy workshop

A decade of mentorship at the Disability Resource Center

The DRC’s Peer Mentor Program has been helping first-year students acclimate to life at the University and navigate the services available for students with disabilities for 10 years