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UNLV to host virtual discussion series on racism

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Posted at 12:42 PM, Oct 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-26 15:42:18-04

University Libraries and the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs will host a virtual panel discussion series titled "We Need to Talk: Conversations on Racism for a More Resilient Las Vegas.”

The goal of the educational series is to examine how multiple aspects of systemic racism impact our community and propose steps communities and individuals can take to affect positive change.

The series features Southern Nevada community members, UNLV alumni, and researchers surrounding issues of race and systemic racism.

The fourth episode, “We Need to Talk About Economics,” will be livestreamed on Oct. 29 at 5:30 p.m.

The conversation Oct. 29 will focus on issues like redlining and other aspects of economic disparities in communities of color.

Each panel discussion will be moderated by Claytee White, Director of the Oral History Research Project at University Libraries.

Speakers for Oct. 29:

- Nicholas Barr, Assistant Professor of Social Work, UNLV

- Alex Dixon, President, West Region Purestar

- Alvin Odom, Senior Manager – Diverse Markets, Charles Schwab Bank

- Shanta Patton, Western Regional Vice President, National Association of Real Estate Brokers

The next panels will address education, health care, and action steps. The Nov. 19 panel includes UNLV President Keith Whitfield, who is a scholar in the fields of psychology, health, and aging.

The panels will be held on the following dates.

- Nov. 12

- Nov. 19

- Dec. 3

Each panel discussion will be livestreamed by UNLV TV. The live stream is available on the UNLV Libraries website.

The episodes will be available for later viewing on the journalism and media studies YouTube page and will be archived on the UNLV Libraries website.