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The Minority-Serving Institution Student Council (MSISC) hosted its second annual August Retreat on Tuesday, August 23, 2022. The retreat taught members about the history of Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs). The retreat also helped to encourage team-building with new MSISC members and fostered discussions with panelists and community partners. The MSISC had the opportunity to learn and grow as a council before the start of the school year.

The morning started with Dra. Blanca Rincón, an assistant professor of higher education … Read More

New MSISC Advisor: Dionna McDonald

Special Assistant to AVP, Director for Special Projects, and New MSISC Advisor: Dionna McDonald.

Dr. Renne’ Watson has officially moved on to her position as the new Student Affairs Vice President at Central Michigan University. As the previous Minority-Serving Institution Student Council (MSISC) advisor, she elected Dionna McDonald to take up the mantle and continue this important work. Below is an interview about Dionna McDonald’s thoughts on this new position.

Tell us about yourself and your journey to this moment.

Hailing from Louisville, KY, my journey of 1,000+ miles to join the UNLV family started with an open mind to … Read More

“Count Us In: Ethnicity Data Disaggregation” MSISC Initiative

MSISC member and 4th-year doctoral student in the Ph.D. in Higher Education program: Kristine Jan Cruz Espinoza.

Kristine Jan Cruz Espinoza is an inaugural member of the Minority-Serving Institution Student Council (MSISC). She has many other qualifications and achievements, but this time, the work she has done to bring the “Count Us In: Ethnicity Data Disaggregation” to the fore is the focus. Below is an interview with Kristine about the initiative.

Tell us about yourself. Who are you and what do you do for the council?

I am a daughter, sister, partner, Ninang, Tita, and cousin. 

I’m Kristine Jan Cruz … Read More


Provost Christopher Heavey recently announced that UNLV is now officially an institutional member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU).  HACU membership will allows UNLV to remain aware of national best practices and provide various professional development opportunities and resources.  The internship program also offers our undergraduate students opportunities for paid summer and semester internships in Washington, DC and across the country in private and public sectors. 

In the very near future, hour-long workshops with HACU staff will be held to learn more about their student resources and services.  Topics expected to be covered include:

  • Applying to paid
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By Kristine Jan Espinoza, M.Ed., Doctoral Student/Department of Educational Psychology & Higher Education/College of Education/University of Nevada, Las Vegas

I feel like I’m coming full circle.
This Friday, October 2, 2020, the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) will host the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) 2020 Southern Nevada Diversity Summit. It has been nearly a year since I, as a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed new doctoral student, attended my first NSHE Southern Nevada Diversity Summit last Fall 2019 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), feeling inspired and moved by the selected speakers and workshops. I remember coming … Read More