Nevada State Selected as one of 15 New NBCU Academy Academic Partners, Joining 45 Schools Nationwide

On the heels of NBCU Academy’s second anniversary, Cesar Conde, NBCUniversal News Group Chairman, announced today that NBCU Academy had increased its membership by 50 percent, with 15 new schools, including Nevada State College, joining the 30 colleges and universities that have been part of the award-winning program. Since its inception in 2021, NBCU Academy partners have received funding, resources, training, and development — in addition to access to the News Group’s world-class journalists.

The 15 new academic partners include:

  • UC Berkeley M.E.T. in Berkeley, CA
  • Columbia College Chicago in Chicago, IL
  • Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet, MN
  • Helena College- University of Montana in Helena, MT
  • Langston University in Langston, OK
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver in Denver, CO
  • Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham OR
  • Nevada State College in Henderson, NV
  • Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN
  • The Ohio State University, College of Engineering and School of Communication in Columbus, OH
  • Texas Southern University, School of Communication in Houston, TX
  • United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, ND
  • University of Arizona, School of Journalism in Tucson, AZ
  • University of Central Florida, Nicholson School of Communication and Media, in Orlando, FL
  • University of Missouri School of Journalism, in Columbia, MO

“This expansion is a direct result of the success we’ve had with our partners,” said Yvette Miley, Senior Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for NBCU News Group. “We are proud to build off the momentum of the past two years and continue the program’s impact as we grow further in the Western region.”

“We’re very excited to be working with NBCU Academy,” said Adam Davis, Ph.D., Chair/Associate Professor of Visual and Digital Media at Nevada State College. “This grant will open up resources and support for students in Visual Media and the Data, Media & Design department, and we can’t wait to see the scholarship, films, and photos they produce with the Academy behind them.”

Conde also announced that NBCU Academy will offer a course on the fundamentals of journalism, which is publicly available on the redesigned for journalism students and media professionals. The free course will build a foundation for newsgathering and storytelling through firsthand lectures and curriculum produced by journalists and leadership across NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC, and Noticias Telemundo. Through a series of online modules, the course will provide interactive scenarios and best practices on the essentials of reporting, journalism ethics, interviewing skills and more.

This spring, NBCU Academy will present its third “Next Level Summit” on March 22. The free, all-day virtual program will feature journalists and executives across the NBCU portfolio and offer networking, headlining sessions and breakout discussions on trends that are transforming the media industry. NBCU Academy hosted two Summits in 2022, which were attended by nearly 4,000 participants, including students and media professionals worldwide.

NBCU Academy has elevated the next generation of journalists, providing students from underrepresented communities a pipeline into newsrooms across media and technology. NBCU Academy’s pioneering Embed Program creates roles for recent graduates from partner schools and institutions with diverse student populations. In two years, NBCU Academy has assigned 11 Embeds full-time, two-year job assignments across the News Group’s on-air and Digital platforms, Marketing, Global Talent Development & Inclusion, Data Sciences, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

NBCU Academy reflects Comcast NBCUniversal and NBCU News Group’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. It is part of Project UP, Comcast NBCUniversal’s comprehensive initiative to advance digital equity and help build a future of unlimited possibilities. NBCU Academy provides tools, resources, and platforms for underrepresented voices in partnership with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, STEM Programs, and colleges with significant Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander, Black, Indigenous and tribal populations. In June 2020, Comcast NBCUniversal announced a multi-year commitment to help address systemic racism and inequality. In July 2020, NBCU News Group Chairman Cesar Conde announced the Fifty Percent Challenge Initiative, a goal for the News Group workforce to be 50% women and 50% people of color. 

DACA Update Statement from President Pollard

Dear Nevada State Community,

Today I am keeping our undocumented students & staff whose lives have been upended once more by yesterday’s DACA decision close to my heart. All our community members regardless of their immigration status deserve to feel safe, deserve to pursue their dreams, deserve to live full lives free from these uncertainties. This decision spotlights the urgent need for a pathway to citizenship for undocumented communities.

Yesterday the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decided on the Texas v. United States Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) case. The court decided that DACA is unlawful, however it remains in place for now. The case was sent to a lower court for review and we’re prepared to provide updates when the next decision is made. Learn more about the DACA Update at Informed Immigrant.

At this time, current DACA recipients are encouraged to continue renewing their DACA. New DACA applications are not currently being processed.

To our UndocuScorpions, know that your campus community stands with you. While many of us may not understand the full weight of all that you carry day in and day out to pursue your education, know that we see you and we admire your tenacity, spirit, and fire.

Whatever comes, know that we will be standing alongside you to fight with you.

Campus Resources

Local Resources

  • DACA Renewal Funds: Make the Road NV
  • DACA Renewal Assistance: Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, Angie Corona at 702-386-1473. Students should leave a voicemail with their name and phone number. LACSN will call the student back within 24 business hours.

Take Action

  • Show Your Support by sharing these resources with your students.
  • Stand in solidarity by printing and displaying the following poster in your classroom.
  • Register for our upcoming UndocuAlly Training: Careers & Professional Licensing for Undocumented Students at bitly/undocuallynsc
  • Donate to DACA renewal funds: Make the Road NV & Dream Big

Be Well!

Dr. DeRionne Pollard