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What's New in Special Collections

Latinx Voices: Laurents Bañuelos-Benitez

By skennedy on December 12, 2018 1:28 PM | Permalink

Fans of KUNV Radio may recognize Laurents Bañuelos-Benitez's voice. The UNLV alumnus and current UNLV graduate student developed his first passion at UNLV while working at the campus radio station. Now as one of the students working on the Latinx Voices of Southern Nevada project in the University Libraries, Bañuelos is embracing his passion and understanding for Latinx cultures while collecting oral histories from Latinx residents in Las Vegas and Southern Nevada. A native Nevadan, Bañuelos is the son of Mexican and Salvadoran immigrants. He was born at University Medical Center and grew up in east Las Vegas. He graduated from Clark High School before attending UNLV. The first person in his family to graduate from a four-year university in the United States, Bañuelos earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in 2017. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in education, with hopes of working with underserved youth in the Clark County School District.

New from Digital Collections: Learn how to collect Twitter data by Miranda Barrie

By Su Kim Chung on December 3, 2018 3:07 PM | Permalink

Why We Archive: Preserving the stories of a community coming together By Miranda Barrie

You can access the first tutorial in the 1 October Twitter Collection series here.

On October 2, 2017 I woke up in Santiago, Chile to a notification that there had been a shooting in my hometown of Las Vegas. I opened the Twitter application and began scrolling through my timeline, looking for mentions of the size and scale of the shooting. I started to see the numbers of injured persons rise as I repeatedly swiped down to refresh the site. I had no idea where my family members were, and no one was picking up the phone. Feeling panicked, I began doing the only thing I felt I could do at the time: amplifying the needs of the community by retweeting calls for blood donations from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.