Latinx Voices of Southern Nevada is an oral history project focused on collecting the history of Southern Nevada'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.