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Anti-Oppression Resources for UNLV Students: Becoming an Activist

For UNLV students, or friends or family who want to help.

About this guide

With a focus on student safety and well-being, this guide is designed to provide general information and links to resources about anti-oppression and related topics such as diversity, inclusion, and social justice for the UNLV academic community. Intended to be non-partisan, many resources offered here are for everyone regardless of political affiliation or viewpoint. In some cases, resources and links related to issues and specific policies proposed by elected officials are part of this guide as these issues and proposed policies directly impact professional and personal lives of members of our community, such as immigrants or people of color. 

We would like to offer our appreciation to the following individuals and other valued colleagues who contributed to the development of this guide.

Christine Clark, Professor, Teaching & Learning

Brittany Fiedler, Teaching & Learning Librarian 

Mariana Sarmiento Hernández

Sue Wainscott, Engineering Librarian

This guide seeks to serve as a starting point and is not meant to be exhaustive. It is our goal to continue its development in response to evolving needs of the community. We welcome suggestions from all members of the UNLV academic community.

If you have feedback about this guide or would like to suggest additional resources, please contact Sue Wainscott, Engineering Librarian



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Becoming an Activist

Artwork of two persons side by side, looking at one another in a supportive manner, one with an arm around the other's shoulders with the words "Arte de Mujer Fiera". Next to a quote "When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid. - Audre Lorde"

(Artwork by Anita Revilla, used with permission from the artist, quote added)

Activism can be focused on society, politics, or the environment, and oftentimes those areas overlap. To be an effective social activist, an individual would have an awareness of injustices in society that result from the oppression on the basis of various intersecting identities. For example, an effective activist would understand how racism, nativism (the privileging of people who are born in a particular place, resulting in the marginalization of people who are not born in that place), sexism, heterosexism, classism, and ableism are multiple forms of oppression, all of which contribute to injustices in our society. Effective social activists take deliberate actions to challenge or dismantle these systems of power and oppression that affect people differently on the basis of their different identities.

Things You Can Do

Please I'd like to Grow: 60 Years of Student Activism. An Exhibit by Heidi Johnson

Library Books on Activism

Specters of Revolt book cover
Rules for Radicals by Saul D. Alinsky book cover
The Activist's Handbook book cover
Contemporary youth activism book cover
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