The Black Mountain Institute, The Intersection, and the MSI Student Council are excited to announce the First-Generation Student Essay Contest for 2022. The contest is part of the UNLV 2022 First-Gen Celebration.

About: Any first-generation UNLV undergraduate or graduate professional student can enter this contest. Students must choose a prompt and write a short personal essay. Essays should be 500 words long. The essay should address the writer’s life-experience.

Details: Essays will be read and judged by a panel of writers and editors at the Black Mountain Institute (BMI) in the College of Liberal Arts. Awards will be given … Read More

MSISC Meet & Greet

The Minority-Serving Institution Student Council (MSISC) September 2nd Meet & Greet flyer

The Minority-Serving Institution Student Council (MSISC) has partnered with The Intersection to host the MSISC Meet & Greet this fall in honor of Welcome Week. The event is for students, faculty, and staff who are interested in learning more about the MSISC members, their initiatives, and ways to get involved.

The event will take place on Friday September 2nd from 12pm to 1:30pm at The Intersection (Student Union room 121). Free Crumbl Cookie and MSISC merchandise will be provided.

Please RSVP so the MSISC can prepare enough … 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


Keren Jean-Charles works through the university’s Minority-Serving Institution Student Council to help other students thrive at UNLV.

The daughter of Haitian immigrants, Keren Jean-Charles is a first-generation university student striving to advance UNLV’s “serving” mission as a minority-serving institution. The junior psychology major is actively involved in student organizations and projects that elevate students’ voices and their role in shaping the college experience for traditionally underrepresented students.

Tell us about yourself.

Both of my parents are from Haiti, and my siblings and I are first-generation college students. I’m an artist and have been one my entire life. I create art … Read More


The MSI Student Council and The Intersection are excited to announce the Second Annual First-Generation Student Essay Contest. The contest is part of the UNLV 2021 First-Generation Campus-wide Celebration. The deadline to submit is Friday, November 12, 2021.

Details: Any first-generation UNLV student can enter this contest by picking one of these terms and writing a short personal essay inspired by it. Essays should be 500 words long. The essay should address the writer’s life experience in some way. 

There will be six winners: 3 undergraduate and three graduate or professional students winning 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place respectively. Each … Read More