Diverse Identities & Social Locations

Students with a diverse background may feel that they do not fit in with their peers in the classroom. They may also feel their background is underrepresented in the teaching materials, school personnel, and peers. Racial, cultural, and gender identities are important factors in a person’s identity, and it’s extremely valuable for teaching to help students understand differences better.

First Nations, Indigenous American, and American Indian students

While indigenous peoples make up around 5% of the global population, they account for approximately 15% of the world’s extreme poor. One of the key causes of this persistent disadvantage and marginalization is the lack of quality education that does not align with their rights as indigenous peoples: education that is well-resourced, culturally sensitive, aligned with their learning needs, languages, priorities and aspirations, and delivered through culturally appropriate teaching strategies, and in culturally appropriate settings. 

Their focus is to enhance the well-being of American Indians and Alaskan Natives, and other underserved members of the community through health care, social services, cultural awareness and education.

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Tribal Minds, Inc. is a Native-led nonprofit serving Indigenous communities in Nevada. We work to advance the wellbeing of Indian Country through civic engagement, community development, and Indigenous wellness projects.

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 American Indian youth experience physical health, mental health, and substance use challenges at much higher rates than non-Native youth. To help address this, the Indian Health Service funds 12 Youth Regional Treatment Centers (YRTCs) around the country to provide First Nations youth with culturally competent services. The YRTC located in Nevada is called Nevada Skies Youth Wellness Center, about 30 miles east of Reno. 

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Nevada Skies is for male youth in need of residential treatment. Additionally, this website offers other federal and community resources available for Native American Youth with mental health concerns. Visit the websites below to learn more.

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The Office of Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse (OIASA) and its federal partners provide tribes with prevention and treatment resources as required by the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA).

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LGBTQ+ Students

Schools can foster safer, more supportive environments that offer a safe space for LGBTQIA+ youth from discrimination, violence, and bullying along with establishing practices that foster more affirming learning environments.

The Center

The LGBTQIA+ Community Center of Southern Nevada provides a place to celebrate and share the diversity in the community and empower individuals.

Northern Nevada Hopes

Provides judgment-free healthcare services to the LGBTG+ community.

Henderson Equality Center

LGBTQ Community Center in Henderson works directly with people for food assistance, tutoring, education programs, social and support groups, and events and fundraising, scholarships and grant programs.

North Las Vegas Equality Center

LGBTQ Community Center in North Las Vegas that works directly with people for food assistance, tutoring, education programs, social and support groups, and events and fundraising, scholarships and grant programs.

The Trevor Project

A national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among LGBTQ youth. They also offer information on topics such as mental health, building community, gender identity, and sexual orientation.

Trans Lifeline

Connects trans people to the community support and resources needed to survive and thrive. They also have a helpline that provides peer support phone service rub by trans people for trans and questioning peers. Students can call if they need someone trans to talk to, even if the student is not in crisis.

Asian American and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islander (AANHPI)

Students across the nation learn about the contributions of Asian American and Pacific Islander individuals and communities to the economic, cultural, social, and political development of the United States throughout all levels of their education. Explore the resources below to access lesson plans and resources for educators.

The mission of One APIA is to advance the interests of all Asian Pacific Islander Americans (APIA) in Nevada through advocacy on issues such as access to healthcare, education, and pathways to citizenship. This site offers an extensive list of resources for educators.

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Lesson plans amplify the importance and voices of this growing, integral segment of the U.S. population in building the country into what it is today and can become tomorrow, together as Americans. 

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This website offers a resource guide to support AAPI students in our schools.

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Black, African American, of African descent students

Educators can support Black students by ensuring that the work is grounded in the goals, strengths, and needs of students and their families. Creating opportunities for Black students to have a say in their education creates space to learn about each student’s unique aspirations and perspectives. Non-profit organizations across Nevada support Black, African American, and students of African descent. 

President Barack Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper in February 2014 to address persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color and to ensure all youth can reach their full potential. This focuses on community engagement, educational equity, and law enforcement. 

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Code Switch’s mission is to eradicate the educational inequities that Black and other Girls of Color experience. They work alongside our girls, as well as those who parent, care for, and mentor them, to remove the barriers that keep our girls from achieving their full potential. Code Switch provides a youth justice fellowship program, a youth justice advisory board, mentorship, courses and much more!

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The organization focuses on Generating Inner Respect, Love and Self-empowerment among African American women and teen girls that are, or have been in dysfunctional and/or disadvantaged lifestyles through a positive, productive and beneficial environment.

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Race and ethnic gaps in academic performance remain large, and Hispanic students are often underserved by their schools. This can lead to a lack of access to a quality K-12 education which can provide students with opportunities that will propel them into success by gaining professional skills or attending college.

Provides an exhaustive list of resources specifically for food and housing services, immigration and DACA services, academic programs at UNR, employment services, financial aid, LGBTQ+ resources, health, identity affirming mental, dental, and sexual health, and much more!

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Provides an exhaustive list of resources specifically for building community, scholarships, religion and spiritual supports, immigrant resource guide, and much more! 

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Students who identify as DREAMERs face a variety of issues that play a factor in their capacity to learn that other students may not typically face. Other factors that affect these students are fear and concern for them or their families due to a rise in anti-immigrant rhetoric.

This provides an overview of the requirements for the various paths to legal immigration status, including family petitions, VAWA petitions, U-Visas, T-Visas, asylum, current DACA, and expanded DACA and DAPA (which are currently on hold by court order), among others.

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This provides an overview of the requirements for the various paths to legal immigration status, including family petitions, VAWA petitions, U-Visas, T-Visas, asylum, current DACA, and expanded DACA and DAPA (which are currently on hold by court order), among others.

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The Youth Power Project is a youth-led program that engages young Nevadans in their community, local grassroots organizing, policy innovation, and financial literacy education. They work with youth to strengthen their voices and engage with state legislators to enact a multicultural education curriculum.

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Gender inequalities are present in K-12 schools and can hinder the academic achievement and outcomes of female students. For example, women hold just 28 percent of jobs in STEM fields in the U.S., and the disparity starts long before women enter post-secondary education. Therefore, the organizations below support female-identifying students in overcoming the challenges and barriers they can face in school. 

Girls on the Run has fun, evidence-based programs that inspire all girls to build their confidence, kindness and decision making skills. Dynamic lessons instill valuable life skills including the important connection between physical and emotional health.

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ll services are free and confidential. Services include pregnancy test and care plan, ultrasound, prenatal care, counseling, and parenting and budgeting classes. 

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YWCA Nevada has partnered with local companies to provide TechGYRLS at select schools and community centers, located in the under-served communities in Las Vegas and North Las Vegas. Girls will learn new skills through hands-on activities, go on exciting STEM field trips and more.

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