Bachelor of Arts, 2012
Majors: Political Science and International Affairs
Dean’s Exemplar Award
In addition to her achievements as a double major and double minor (in economics and French), Shirley Diaz has been active and effective on campus and in the community, serving the university and the college for several years as an ASUN senator and Student Advisory Board member.
About her first year in the ASUN Senate, Shirley said, “I was joined in the senate by motivated peers with whom I was able to defend the college against many proposed budget cuts. Our efforts included organizing rallies, writing letters to the Board of Regents and testifying before the Nevada State Legislature.” As a senator, Shirley also created and directed the ASUN Department of Campus Unity, which focuses on diversity initiatives.
In her three years on the College of Liberal Arts Student Advisory Board, Shirley communicated with college administration, served as a voice for student constituents, and participated as a student panelist at many college recruiting events.
The 2008-09 Adriano Lucatelli International Affairs Intern and Scholar, Shirley held an internship at the Northern Nevada International Center and represented the university at the Model United Nations Far West Conference. During the most recent session of the Nevada Legislature, Shirley served as an intern for a state senator.
Shirley is Co-founder of Dreamgirls International, a mentoring program that encourages the recruitment and success of underrepresented women in higher education. From its roots in Reno, this organization has expanded to cities in South Africa. Last year she also served as president of the Epsilon chapter of Lambda Phi Xi Multicultural Sorority.
Dr. Carina Black, Executive Director of the Northern Nevada International Center, sums up Shirley’s qualifications as an exemplar: “Shirley is not only a well-rounded student leader but an exemplary human being, an advocate for many causes, a global citizen and a student our university ought to see as a model for others. I can’t wait to see where she goes from here.”
Shirley’s plans include completing a master’s degree in economics and attending law school.