Our staff, like the students we serve, is diverse! We welcome you to stop by the center and get to know us better, we're here to make your time at the University of Nevada, Reno feel more like home.
The full-time professional staff at the Center come from diverse backgrounds and are all experts on working with diverse populations in higher education. Feel free to schedule an appointment with one of them to get counseling on financial aid, scholarships, academics, tutoring and anything in between! They are also available to advise your club or help you with your next cultural or diversity event.
Dr. Reginald Stewart - Director
Dr. Reginald Chhen Stewart brings 20 years of leadership of experience to the position of Director. Prior to coming to Nevada, Reg worked in the federally funded TRiO Programs at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, TX and the Disability Resource Center at San Francisco State University. A strong advocate for access and opportunity, Reg conceptualized and implemented the nationally recognized student retention program College Life 101 at the University of Nevada, Reno that received the 2011 Excellence in Innovation Award from the College Board as one of the top six programs of its kind in the country. An Oakland, CA native with family roots in New Orleans, Reg is the first person in his family to graduate from college. Through his membership in Alpha Phi Alpha, Reg continues to mentor young men who wish to graduate from college and obtain graduate and professional degrees. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Nevada, and is a proud husband and father of two.
Araceli Martinez - Assistant Director
Araceli Martinez received her Master's in Educational Leadership in Higher Education from the University of Nevada, Reno as well as her Bachelor's Degrees in Spanish and Biology. Araceli works extensively with diverse populations with an emphasis on the Latino populations in the areas of outreach, retention and graduation, specifically with K-12th graders. She is fluent in Spanish and is the first person in her family to graduate from college and as an alumna of two TRiO programs. Araceli immigrated to the US at the age of six from Morelia, Michoacan Mexico and has achieved many accomplishments thanks to the support of her family.
Jody Lykes - Student Development Coordinator
Jody received his M.A. in Educational Leadership as well as his Gender, Race, and Identity certificate from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2012 and his B.A. in Political Science with a Spanish minor from Brigham Young University, Provo. Jody's areas of interest include Pan-Africanism and the Diaspora, Hip Hop Scholarship, and diversifying law school admissions. In the past he has consulted with the Washoe County School District as a Study Circles Facilitator and Family Engagement Facilitator and has been the Treasurer for the Northern Nevada Black Cultural Awareness Society (NNBCAS). Currently Jody is a member of the Reno/Sparks NAACP Chapter and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is also fluent in Spanish. Jody now lives in Sparks with his wife Sofia and three children Christina, Maria, and Elijah.
Saundra Mitrovich - Outreach and Retention Coordinator
Saundra is currently working toward completing her master’s in Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She completed her B.A. in History from Cameron University with a minor in Ethnic Studies. Saundra’s areas of interest include examining all aspects of tribal sovereignty, increasing rates of attendance in higher education within the American Indian/Alaska Native community, and outreach and retention of both high school and college students. She is a first-generation college student and an alum of both the Student Support Services program and McNair scholars program in addition to the AmeriCorps Vista program where she served in both the North Pole, Alaska and Nenana, Alaska communities. Currently, Saundra sits on numerous committees focused on preparing American Indian/Alaska Native youth for higher education and is a member of the National Indian Education Association. With the support of her husband Samuel and daughter Sasha along with numerous family and friends, Saundra seeks to continue her pursuit of even more education to help support her current and future students.
Dorothy Barry - Administrative Assistant III
Dorothy Barry came to the Center 7 years ago bringing with her 12 years of experience from UC Berkeley's Student Services Division. She is presently finishing up a History degree with a minor in Cultural Anthropology. She is proud to have her son, Sean, attending his first year at Nevada and joining the Wolf Pack Family!
Our Center Graduate Assistants and Interns assist the professional staff in outreach, retention and programming for students from populations historically underrepresented in higher education. They are responsible for coordinating co-curricular events and programs, assisting student clubs and organizations, and conducting outreach on campus. Feel free to contact them for help with your club, classes, or life in general!
From left to right: Jessica Rosas, Danika Williams, Joseph Simmons, Mery Mares and Shirley Diaz
Shirley Diaz - Graduate Assistant, Pride Initiative & Mosaic Initiative
Program: M.A. in Economics
Danika Williams - Graduate Assistant, Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Project
Program: M. Public Health, Specialization in Epidemiology
Mery Mares - Graduate Assistant, Las Culturas
Program: M.A. School Counseling
Jessica Rosas - Intern, Children in Transition
Program: M. Social Work
Joseph Simmons - Graduate Assistant, Black Culture Cooperative
Program: M. Educational Leadership