NSHE Initiatives

Diversity & Inclusion is an active member of three principal units working at the state-level to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education and which respond to the Chancellor and Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE): the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council (EDIC), the Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Task Force, and the NSHE All Access Committee (NSHE AAC).

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council (EDIC)

EDIC is composed of NSHE’s chief diversity officers who provide statewide leadership in best practices and policy improvements on equity, diversity and inclusion. Dr. Eloisa Gordon-Mora, who is currently EDIC’s co-chair, will transition to the role of Chair in the Fall of 2020. EDIC encourages and directs regular collaboration among NSHE institutions and makes regular reports, supported by current research and related data, to the Board’s Cultural Diversity Committee (CDC).

Hispanic Serving Institution Task Force (HSI Task Force)

The HSI Task Force provides a system-wide approach in supporting NSHE’s institutions as they work toward receiving full HSI designation. With an ever-growing Latinx/Hispanic student population, the University of Nevada, Reno is an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution, as designated by the US Department of Education. To be designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution, the University of Nevada, Reno needs to have enrollment of Hispanic undergraduate full-time equivalent (FTE) students of at least 25 percent for two consecutive academic years immediately preceding the date of application.

The University of Nevada, Reno's current FTE Hispanic student enrollment:

Hispanic FTE percentages

  • Fall 2007: 8%
  • Fall 2008: 8%
  • Fall 2009: 12%
  • Fall 2010: 12%
  • Fall 2011: 12%
  • Fall 2012: 14%
  • Fall 2013: 16%
  • Fall 2014: 18%
  • Fall 2015: 19%
  • Fall 2016: 20%
  • Fall 2017: 21%*
  • Fall 2018: 21%
  • Fall 2019: 22%

NSHE All Access Committee (NSHE AAC)

The NSHE All Access Committee (NSHE AAC) builds a comprehensive, state-wide support system for students who are undocumented or who received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), as well as immigrant students under other statuses such as Temporary Protected Status (TPS). In order to increase recruitment, retention, and graduation rates, the NSHE AAC works to implement practical, research-informed, institutionalized and systemic policies and to provide tangible resources and on-campus support. By sharing information and collaborating, the NSHE AAC is able to guide best-practices, impact equity and intervene when necessary to advocate for student needs.

Northern Nevada Diversity Summit

The annual Northern Nevada Diversity Summit is a principal interinstitutional, collaborative effort organized by University of Nevada, Reno’s Cultural Diversity Committee, in conjunction with Diversity & Inclusion, and co-sponsored by all NSHE’s Northern Nevada higher-education institutions. The Diversity Summit is a day-long educational and cultural event addressing emerging issues and research, as well as best-practices and new challenges on equity, diversity and inclusion. It is open and free of charge, to students, faculty, practitioners and the overall state-wide communities, both in terms of proposal-submissions and attendance. 

Learn more about this work on the NSHE website