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Latinx Voices of Southern Nevada

 

Latinx Voices of Southern Nevada is an oral history project focused on collecting the history of the region's Latinx populations.  UNLV students are front and center in this project.  Student oral historians connect with community members, interview individuals to collect their life stories, and engage multiple generations in reflecting on the lives and experiences of Southern Nevada's Latinx residents.

Preserving and sharing the life stories of Southern Nevada’s Latinx residents are important because these individuals and communities have played a significant role in our region’s history but are underrepresented in our historical record. Today, approximately 29% of Southern Nevada’s residents and more than 25% of UNLV’s student body are Latinx.  Many Latinx residents have greatly influenced the progress of our educational system, multiple business sectors, politics, and cultural life in Southern Nevada. By collecting and preserving these oral histories, the UNLV University Libraries ensures that the perspectives of our region's Latinx residents are reflected in our collections so that present and future generations can learn and study more about their achievements, aspirations, and experiences.

The UNLV Libraries needs your help to make this project a success. In order to release the funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, we need to raise matching funds from the community. Donate now to Latinx Voices of Southern Nevada or call (702) 895-2239 to support this project.

Student Oral Historians

Under the direction of Claytee White, the Director of the UNLV Oral History Research Center, and Barbara Tabach, Project Coordinator,  8-12 bilingual UNLV students are collecting at least 90 oral histories from Latinx residents from September 2018 through May 2020. Students conduct in-depth interviews with a wide array of individuals with different backgrounds and perspectives. The oral histories cover topics such as immigration and settlement, aspirations and challenges, family life, employment and economic issues, religion and culture, gender, neighborhoods and businesses, politics, social and community events, discrimination, activism, and more. The oral histories are transcribed, edited, and made available online for all to study.

2018-2019 Student Oral Historians

  • Laurents Bañuelos-Benitez, a first year graduate student in Education
  • Maribel Estrada Calderón, a senior majoring in U.S. History with a minor in Latin American History
  • Elsa Lopez, a senior majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in French
  • Nathalie Martinez, a junior majoring in French & International Business with a minor in Spanish
  • Marcela Rodriguez-Campo, a second year graduate student in Multicultural Education
  • Rodrigo Vasquez, a senior majoring in English and Economics

Oral histories bridge generations. Oral histories allow subsequent generations to hear or read first-hand testimony from other community members about what they have thought, done, and achieved in their lifetimes. By training UNLV students to conduct oral histories, we hope the experience will inspire UNLV students to participate more knowledgeably and actively in our community, will enhance their critical thinking and professional skills to help them graduate and succeed in the future, and will help them interrelate more effectively in diverse, intergenerational settings.

Community Events

UNLV Libraries will host three community events in 2019 and 2020 to encourage dialogue between Latinx generations about their experiences living and working in Southern Nevada. Each event will feature a panel discussion with the student oral historians and selected interviewees with compelling stories to share. Each event will focus on a theme that has resonated in the interviews, such as working in the tourism industry, ensuring cultural continuity in a new place, or migration stories.

Project Updates

For news about the project, please check out the latest blog entries about the Latinx Voices of Southern Nevada. 

Advisory Board

The Latinx Voices Advisory Board is made up of members of the Southern Nevada Latinx community and other supporters who have generously agreed to help guide the Latinx Voices project. Current members include:

  • Bob Coffin, Las Vegas City Councilman, Ward 3
  • Maria Dent, AARP Nevada State Director
  • Lorri Jackson, Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.
  • Bethany Khan, Director of Communications & Digital Strategy at the Culinary Workers Union Local 226
  • Jose L. Melendrez, Assistant Vice President, Office of Diversity Initiatives, UNLV
  • Leslie Mujica, Executive Director, Las Vegas Power Professionals
  • Magaly Munoz-Mejorado, Senior Manager, MGM Resorts International
  • Margarita Rebollal
  • Tony Sanchez, Senior Vice President, Government and Community Strategy, NV Energy
  • Tom Wright, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of History, UNLV

Example Oral Histories

Nominate a Narrator

We are seeking suggestions for individuals we should interview beginning in fall 2018. Please complete this form to nominate a narrator and provide us with contact information. 

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Sponsors

Founders

National Endowment for the Humanities     MGM Resorts International

Innovators

  • Mark and Marianne Haley

Investors

  • Culinary Workers Union Local 226
  • Las Vegas Power Professionals
  • Bob Coffin
  • Tony & Elaine Sanchez
  • Pat Hawthorne

Sponsor Levels

Investor Sponsorship: $1,000 -$9,999

  • Recognition on the Latinx Voices website and in University-related media.

Innovators Sponsorship: $10,000-$24,999

  • E-blast to our entire donor database, faculty and staff, alumni
  • Recognition in all University-related and local media and on social media
  • Recognition in all literature involving project (brochures, posters, event invites, etc.)

Founders Sponsorship: $25,000+

  • E-blast to our entire donor database, faculty and staff, alumni
  • Recognition in all University-related and local media, including print, radio, social media, and television (ads, interviews, articles, etc)
  • Recognition and representation (people/logo/branding) at all three community events
  • Recognition in all literature involving project (brochures, posters, event invites, etc.)

Contact Us

Oral History Research Center | (702) 895-2222 | oralhistory@unlv.edu
University Libraries Development | (702) 895-2239 | kelly.mccarthy@unlv.edu