“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

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MSISC Member and doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology: Daniel Perez.

Daniel Perez is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology. More specifically, Daniel is an archaeologist by training and specializes in the archaeology of the North American Southwest. Daniel has also been involved in archaeological research projects in the Near East for 10 years prior to arriving at UNLV. Daniel serves as a member of the Minority-Serving Institution Student Council (MSISC). He helps promote individual projects as well as collective initiatives and events with other council members–both of which aim to further the mission and research of … Read More


Keren Jean-Charles

Keren Jean-Charles is a junior psychology major who is actively involved in student organizations and projects that elevate students’ voices across campus. Keren is the lead mentor at The Intersection and a council member for the Minority-Serving Institution Student Council (MSISC). As a council member, Keren was the executive producer and host of a podcast about social justice issues called “You Gon’ Listen.” They also helped the UNLV Food Pantry receive a $20,000 grant to create a farmers market on campus and helped The Intersection receive a $1,000 grant for their food pantry. Now, Keren mentors students, works … Read More


UNLV’s Extended Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Student Success Speaker Series aims to highlight and grow innovative approaches to supporting student success in an equitable and inclusive learning environment.

The next installment will be from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 24, in the Student Union Cohen Theatre, followed by light refreshments in the green room from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

The event features MSI Student Council presenters Kristine Jan C. EspinozaRay FletcherDaniel Perez, and Kiara Sims.

Each will discuss projects they are spearheading to reduce inequity and to promote educational success for students … Read More


By Kristine Jan Espinoza

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If you tuned into KNPR 88.9 FM on Wednesday, January 19th, at 9 am or 7 pm PST, you may have caught a snippet of an MSI Student Council member!

Race. Racial categories. Racialized categories. US Census. What are these terms and their continued complicated use today, especially when it comes to “counting” diversity? What is the history of the US Census at the use and counting of race and ethnicity?

Late Fall 2020, I interviewed with Sonja Cho Swanson, the talented Executive Producer of Exit Spring Mountain, a podcast hosted on Nevada Public Radio (KNPR; … Read More