Kari Emm

Dr. Emm has over 15 years of experience in higher education. She is a member of the Yerington Paiute Tribe and was raised on the Walker River Paiute Indian Reservation in Schurz, NV, where she still considers “home”. Dr. Emm’s career started in public affairs at the Natural Resources Conservation Service with the United States Department of Agriculture. She later continued her career with the University of Nevada, Reno as the Outreach and Retention Coordinator for The Center for Student Cultural Diversity, overseeing the retention of American Indian/Alaska Native students. In this role, she coordinated programs such as the College Life 101 retention program and assisted with creating and teaching a course on Native American Culture and Identity. In 2010, Dr. Emm continued her tenure at the University as Transfer Student Coordinator, later becoming Director of Transfer Student Admissions and Recruitment. Dr. Emm is a proud alumna of the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She received her Master of Arts in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix and has recently graduated with a Doctorate of Philosophy in Education from the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Emm’s research includes American Indian/Alaska Native students in higher education. Dr. Kari Emm is currently the Specialist for the Tribal Students Program at the University of Nevada, Reno- College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources. This program is unique and is one of the only programs within an individual college that solely supports American Indian/Alaska Native Students in agricultural-related disciplines.