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We Need To Talk : Getting Started

Companion guide to the panel series, We Need To Talk, sponsored by the University Libraries and Greenspun College of Urban Affairs with livestreaming by UNLV TV.

What Does The We Need To Talk Series Address?

This virtual educational series will feature university and community experts discussing issues on race and seeking solutions for a more inclusive society.

Topics will include race-related media coverage, economics, health care, criminal justice, education, and how we move forward.

About this Guide

This guide is intended to help you look at resources that may be helpful for further understanding topics you will be discussed across the course of this panel series. You will find ebooks, statistics, reference books, and popular sources to help you further deepen your knowledge.

Our Learning Pact With You:

  • Clear, organized resources are available that help you dig deeper if you wish.
  • A variety of learning formats to ensure your learning needs are met.
  • Resources are meant to be a supportive way for you to share and discuss ideas, in class, at home, or wherever you are in the world.
  • Subject matter can be sensitive, but it will be treated with dignity and respect.

Your Learning Pact With Us:

  • Please consider these materials with open-mindedness, empathy, and curiosity.
  • Everyone is coming to these materials with their lived experience -- be aware that there are real people connected to these identities, so try very hard to not be immediately dismissive of things you disagree with.
  • Push through your discomfort at learning how unfair systems, institutions, etc. have actually been in the country, state, city, and sometimes neighborhood you may love and have never experienced similar treatment in.
  • Consider using your new localized knowledge to help improve things in Las Vegas or at UNLV!



Recommended Databases For Exploration

Resources Available in this Guide

This guide was originally created to focus a lens on the challenges faced by those in Las Vegas's historically African-American communities but has since evolved to encompass Las Vegas's myriad of diverse heritages and backgrounds! This guide is intended to open UNLV's collections to the community as well as to highlight the research, services, as well as the expertise of UNLV scholars, Las Vegas community fixtures, and students who are involved in sharing the lived experiences of those that make up our community! A multitude of resources are available to address different learning styles may also find these audio resources digestible in a different way than reading may be. If you have any suggestions for additional ways of learning or resources you might like to be added, please contact the guide creator at

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