A message from the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion:

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As the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion and Undergraduate programs at the College of Education and Human Development, my goal is to promote the creation of an inclusive and equitable climate in the college for all. I joined the University of Nevada, Reno in 2006 as an Assistant Professor of Multicultural Education. In addition to teaching the undergraduate multicultural education class, I teach numerous graduate-level classes. I am the co-founder of the Master’s Degree and the doctoral strand in Equity and Diversity in Education. My research spans from K-12 where I study the social and academic integration of newcomer immigrant/refugee students to higher education where I explore the experiences of underrepresented groups of students. My goal is always to translate research findings into policies and practices that recognize, validate, and empower all those involved.

It is my strong belief that the work in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is a collective effort. As such, I aim to engage with students, faculty, staff and community members to identify and counteract challenges and build bridges to inclusion, growth and belonging. I would like to invite all to work together to counteract old and new challenges and aim to promote understanding and authentic connection.

Members of the college’s community will most likely be hearing from me with requests to share their experiences by participating in surveys or interviews and to take part in community-building activities. I would encourage them to participate all to the extent that they want/can.

College of Education & Human Development Diversity and Support

40% 40% of students in the College of Education & Human Development self-identify as Students of Color.
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78% 78% of the College's student population is female.
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$256,921 Student scholarship support is a critical component for the college and our students.
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90% 90% of DFS graduates have some higher education beyond High School, with over 30% earning more than $40,000 per year.
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Leading by example.

The College of Education & Human Development is actively engaged in the areas of diversity. equity, and inclusion aiming to enhance recognition, validation, and empowerment for everyone from an early age.

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Preschoolers at the Child and Family Research Center become published authors

Students in Ozdemir’s classroom wrote and illustrated the book, "We Are Unique!"

Dr. Sarah Mitchell and her mentee Talaya Flicop posing with Flicop's final version of their Undergraduate Research project.

Understanding marginalized experiences to actively implement research

Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Research mentor Dr. Sarah Mitchell sheds lighton the significance of research regarding marginalized identities

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Math isn’t always objective: Serving LGB+ sexualities and how the human doing the math matters

Lynda Wiest calls for research and change in how we consider identities in math education