Kari Emm

Tribal Student Specialist
kari emm


Kari Emm has over 15 years of experience in higher education. She is a member of the Yerington Paiute Tribe and was raised on the Walker River Paiute Indian Reservation in Schurz, NV, where she still considers “home”. 

Emm’s career started in public affairs at the Natural Resources Conservation Service with the United States Department of Agriculture.  She later continued her career with the University of Nevada, Reno as the Outreach and Retention Coordinator for The Center for Student Cultural Diversity, where she oversaw the retention of American Indian/Alaska Native students. In this role, she coordinated programs such as the College Life 101 retention program and assisted with creating the ETS 280 course: Native American Culture and Identity. In 2010, Emm continued her tenure at the University as Transfer Student Coordinator, later becoming Director of Transfer Student Admissions and Recruitment. 

Emm is a proud alumna of the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.  She received her Master of Arts in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in the College of Education and Human Development in Equity and Diversity at the University of Nevada, Reno. Emm’s research includes American Indian/Alaska Native students in higher education.

When not working or going to class Emm’s hobbies include spending time with family, running, and watching movies.      


Ph.D. in Equity and Diversity, University of Nevada, Reno; College of Education & Human Development