The State of Nevada Council on Black American Affairs (SNCBAA) is an affiliate of the Western Region Council on Black American Affairs (WRCBAA), the National Council on Black American Affairs (NCBAA), and a council of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). SNCBAA is the first of its kind in the State of Nevada working collaboratively with educational, business, and public service institutions with compatible goals to improve educational opportunities for Black American students and professional development opportunities for Black American faculty, staff and administrators.
SNCBAA is committed to:
- Improving educational opportunities for Black American students and professional development opportunities for Black American faculty, staff and administrators.
- Developing collaborative relationships with educational, business, and public service institutions with compatible goals.
- Networking to maximize the achievement of career goals for Black Americans within the Nevada System of Higher Education.
- Ensuring the articulation of positions on issues affecting Black Americans in the formulation of policy and decision making.
The general character and nature of the work of SNCBAA is:
- To promote the aims and objectives of the Western Region Council on Black American Affairs (WRCBAA), National Council on Black American Affairs (NCBAA) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) as set forth in the governance section of its Constitution.
- To provide a local body with which Black constituents of the Nevada System of Higher Education can identify and affiliate in the interest of effective education of Black people.
- To organize and operate for educational purposes as they pertain to effective and quality education of Black people in America, to the enhancement of the American culture, and to the development of the nation’s total resources.
- To direct its efforts toward matters which include curricula, human resource development, data collection and dissemination, employment opportunities and communications with members of SNCBAA, WRCBAA, NCBAA, AACC, and groups with similar goals and objectives.
- To develop recommendations for submission to the WRCBAA, NCBAA, and AACC and purse solutions to challenges Black Americans face in education, through joint efforts with other segments of higher education and groups with similar goals and objectives.
- To promote activities designed to sensitize the Nevada System of Higher Education personnel to the special needs of Black students in academic curriculum development and in the non- academic areas of personal counseling, career/vocational guidance, academic advisement and financial aid.
- To promote activities that emphasize the professional development of Black leadership within the colleges, and the implementation of meaningful equal Employment opportunity and diversity programs.
- To foster the creation and development of special interest groups from within the membership of SNCBAA which address specific concerns and issues. The policies of these special interest groups shall be consistent with the Constitution of SNCBAA.
SNCBAA believes in the development of full human potential, encourages lifelong learning for all people and acknowledges the worth of the individual. Therefore, SNCBAA affirms its belief in the following shared values:
- Recognizing collegian sharing of information and ideas
- Open access to higher education for the underserved
- Embracing the diversity of people, ideas and learning styles
- Fostering teaching excellence through intellectual pursuits
- Forming partnerships with federal, state and local organizations that share a similar mission, goal or educational objective
- Volunteering for causes, objectives or purposes that support the Council’s expressed aims
- Supporting a meritocracy to recognize excellence
- Encouraging student success, teaching excellence and positive role modeling
SNCBAA is committed to the following goals:
- To create a collegiate environment that enhances the access of African American students to success in the Nevada System of Higher Education.
- To strengthen relationships with policy development and funding sources to support creative initiatives for African-American students, faculty, staff and administrators.
- To expand leadership participation and leadership opportunities for African-American students, faculty, staff and administrators in the Nevada System of Higher Education.
- To promote an organizational culture that strengthens and sustains the professional growth, personal development and career advancement of African-American students, faculty and administrators.
- To enhance the knowledge, abilities and skills of African-American students, faculty, staff and administrators to function effectively within the world of emerging information technology.