Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The University of Nevada, Reno Department of Political Science cherishes the many expressions of human diversity that enrich the social, cultural and intellectual life of our community. To this end, our mission is to create a department that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve and welcomes the rich diversity present throughout the United States and world. This effort demands a broad view of what constitutes diversity. Accordingly, we make practice of continually reflecting on the missing voices from our conversations and are committed to increasing the number of voices from groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in political science. In addition to racial, ethnic and gender identification, we value and welcome diversity along other social, cultural, religious, political and economic dimensions. In keeping with our commitment, we recognize that the socioeconomic diversity, equity and inclusion we seek includes individuals who come from a variety of life circumstances. We strive to create access and a sense of belonging for all who choose the University of Nevada, Reno and wish to be successful here.


Unfortunately, the brutal killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer repeats a pattern of racist acts of violence and murder we have witnessed far too often in our society. We share the grief, frustration and anger that unfathomable, appalling and preventable acts like this one spur. The list of African Americans who have been brutally killed is lengthy and stretches over the history of our nation. Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery are simply the most recent victims. What has happened these last couple of weeks motivates us to think about immediate steps we can take to address the challenges we are currently facing.

Read our renewal commitment to dismantle racism

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Diversity, equity and inclusion courses in political science

Look for some of our courses directly addressing socio-political identity issues, oppression and equality.

  • Identity Politics
  • Urban Politics
  • Generational Politics and Policy
  • Big Data, Politics and Society
  • The Supreme Court and Public Policy
  • International Human Rights
  • Comparative Religion and Politics
  • Labor, Economy and Protest