The University of Nevada denies that white college students cannot live in “identity-based” dormitories

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A taxpayer-funded university in Nevada denies claims that it has designated certain “identity-based” dormitories as off-limits to whites “for the safety of student participants.”

On Wednesday, it was alleged that the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) does not allow white students to live with African-American, Native American and Latino classmates in an on-campus dormitory, the Young America’s Foundation

But a university spokesperson told DailyMail.com that the YAF report was inaccurate and that a college official responsible for dormitories “spoke wrong” when he said living quarters for whites were prohibited.

The dormitory, Great Basin Hall, has established so-called “ living learning communities, ” or LLCs, according to YAF.

“In these communities, students with shared academic, social and cultural interests live on the same floor and take courses together,” the university’s website says.

This experience is considered a “ high impact practice, ” promoting … higher point averages [and] higher retention rate from the first to the second year. ‘

The image above shows Great Basin Hall, a dormitory on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno

The image above shows Great Basin Hall, a dormitory on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno

The LLCs are designed to make it easier for students to “ interact outside of the classroom with academic and administrative faculties ” and to “ develop personal relationships with peers with similar academic, social and cultural interests. ”

The UNR website lists a total of 15 LLCs, most of which are designated based on the college students intend to pursue their major, including the College of Business, College of Science, or College of Engineering.

Four of those LLC are clearly identity-based – black scientists; native; gender, sexuality and identity; and ‘Latinx.’

The black scholars LLC “connects all students and provides a supportive environment to jointly explore black identities, cultures and communities,” the website said.

The LLC will also provide “support, mentoring, and networking necessary for educational success and empowerment, while at the same time providing a comfortable on-campus living experience.”

‘Students will have the opportunity to connect and network with peers and teachers who identify as black teachers, participate in communal black studies, and participate in cultural events and activities on campus and in the local community.’

The other identity-based LLCs offer the exact same services to students of their respective ethnic and gender-related backgrounds.

When a reporter from Young America’s Foundation tried to better understand the requirements to access one of the identity-based LLCs, she was told that white students could not register.

“ In the identity-based communities, it is important for the safety of student participants that only students who have that identity are considered, ” said Dean Kennedy, head of UNR’s Office of Residential Life, Housing, and Food Services. YAF.

But the university has issued a statement to DailyMail.com claiming that Kennedy has spoken it wrong and that whites are free to live with the minority students in the LLCs.

The university on Wednesday backed down to claims that it did not allow white students in specially designated areas of the dormitory known as `` living learning communities. ''  The image above shows one of the dormitories in the Great Basin Hall

The university on Wednesday backed down to claims that it did not allow white students in specially designated areas of the dormitory known as `` living learning communities. ''  The picture above shows one of the dormitories in the Great Basin Hall

The university on Wednesday backed down to claims that it did not allow white students in specially designated areas of the dormitory known as “ living learning communities. ” The image above shows one of the dormitories in the Great Basin Hall

“Living Learning Communities (LLCs) are a national best practice in university living and residential communities,” said UNR.

These communities have been defined by the Association of American Colleges and Universities as high-impact best practices in higher education.

The headline in the Young American’s Foundation story is incorrect.

The university board has never stated that white students could not participate in our LLCs – they are not called ‘minority dormitories’.

Our Director of Residential Life, Housing and Food Services Dean Kennedy mispronounced his statement.

These LLCs instill a sense of community and belonging, especially in research-intensive settings.

The 15 LLCs of the University of Nevada, Reno are open to all students living on campus.

All communities are required to take courses specific to their LLC.

“These courses are offered as part of the general study guide and all students can take the classes.”

On Facebook, the response to the YAF’s initial report was largely negative.

Lanie Fuller wrote: ‘If the students and their families who are the targets of this blatant racism do not fight back, it is considered normal. File complaints. Possible lawsuits. Fight back. ‘

An earlier report claimed that whites were not allowed to live with black, Native American and Latino students in Great Basin Hall.  The university has denied this

An earlier report claimed that whites were not allowed to live with black, Native American and Latino students in Great Basin Hall.  The university has denied this

An earlier report claimed that whites were not allowed to live with black, Native American and Latino students in Great Basin Hall. The university has denied this

Gary Lee Connor wrote, “I suspect if there was a room that wanted to exclude anything but white, they’d come down on it like a heap of rocks.”

John Shebanow wrote, ‘Do they have a white living learning community? If not, it’s patent discrimination based on Race and the racists who devised this evil plan should be sued. ‘

Dr. King will roll in his grave, ”noted Stuart Boyd.

UNR is a public university founded in 1874. Its student numbers are nearly 18,000 students and more than 3,000 postgraduate students.

For Nevada residents, tuition at UNR costs about $ 8,000 per year, while out-of-state students pay about $ 23,000 per year to study there.