First-Generation Coalition

The First-Generation Coalition began in 2018 with a group of passionate professionals committed to increasing the awareness of the unique challenges of first-generation students at the University of Nevada, Reno. This group of professionals are devoted to empower first-generation students to thrive at the University and beyond.

A first-generation student is defined as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardians(s) have not completed a bachelor’s degree.

We encourage you to use this website as a tool to find first-generation coalition members across campus as a support network. If you are looking for someone to connect with or simply have a question, feel free to connect with us. We are here to help you achieve academic success at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Mission statement

The First-Generation Coalition is comprised of academic and administrative faculty who are committed to creating positive experiences and advancing first-generation student success.

Purpose

First-Generation Coalition goals:

  • provide services to improve the success of first-generation students
  • plan and implement First Generation Week (week of November 8 every year)
  • share knowledge of successful practices utilized to serve first-generation students
  • secure senior leadership support and commitment to participation
  • increase awareness about first generation population across campus
  • provide and share networking and professional development opportunities
  • educate the University community and the community at large about first-generation student issues and initiatives
  • advocate for first-generation students across campus
  • assist with the recruitment and retention efforts of faculty, staff and students

Coalition leaders

Coalition leaders
James Beattie
James Beattie, Ph.D.
Associate Director, TRIO STEM Scholars
(775) 682-8943
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Coalition leaders
Chris Westin
Chris Westin, M.A.
Program Counselor, TRiO Scholars
(775) 682-7779
5986

Coalition members

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Matthew Aguirre
Matthew Aguirre
Director, Postdoctoral Affairs, Graduate Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives he, him, his
(775) 682-8005
FSSB 0203A
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Francisco Barbosa
Francisco Barbosa
Washoe Grant Counselor/Coordinator
(775) 682-9439
5461
Ally
Steve Calhoun
Steve Calhoun
Director of Advising, Recruitment and Retention, College of Science
(775) 682-8790
5461
Ally Cashier's Office
Shirley Chambers
Shirley Chambers
Manager, Student Accounting
(775) 784-6167
5461 Cashier's Office
Ally
Monica Conlan
Monica Conlan
Assistant Director
(775) 784-4978
5461
Ally
James Cox
James Cox
Director, Joe Crowley Student Union
(775) 784-6175
5461
Ally
Jhasmine De Los Angeles
Jhasmine De Los Angeles
Tutor Coordinator
5461
Ally
Elizabeth Xeng De Los Santos
Elizabeth Xeng De Los Santos, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Secondary Education
(775) 682-7520
WRB 3113
5461
Ally
Jenna Dewar
Jenna Dewar, M.S., C.F.L.E.
Senior Lecturer she/her/hers
(775) 682-6838
WRB 3014
5461
Ally
Christopher Dudash
Christopher Dudash
Northwest Grant Counselor/Coordinator
(775) 784-4978
5461
Ally
Nanci Fowler
Nanci Fowler
Administrative Assistant IV, Student Services First Generation Student Center
(775) 682-7672
5461
Ally
Carla Franich
Carla Franich, M.A.
Coordinator, Operations and Outreach she/her/hers
5461
Ally
Eloisa Gordon-Mora
Eloisa Gordon-Mora, Ph.D.
University Diversity and Inclusion Officer
(775) 682-6552
5461
Ally
Jarell Green
Jarell Green
Silver Math Science Grant Counselor/Coordinator
(775) 784-4978
5461
Ally
Karla Hernández
Karla Hernández, Ph.D.
Associate Director
775-784-4665
PSAC 457
5461
Ally
Ellen Houston
Ellen Houston
Director
(775) 682-8404
5461
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Paige Hurley
Paige Hurley
(775) 784-4666
5461
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Eric James
Eric James
Chief of Police
(775) 784-4013
5461
Ally
Mari Jimenez-Ortiz
Mari Jimenez-Ortiz
Truckee Grant Counselor/Coordinator
(775) 682-6717
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Ally Undergraduate Research; Policy Informatics; Innovation; Research
Tanya Kelley
Tanya Kelley
Director, Undergraduate Research She, Her, Hers
(775) 682-6634
ARF 304
5461 Undergraduate Research; Policy Informatics; Innovation; Research
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Jennifer Lowman
Jennifer Lowman, PhD
Director, Student Persistence Research
(775) 682-6846
5461
Ally
William J. Macauley
William J. Macauley, Jr., Ph.D.
Professor
(775) 784-6038
5461
Ally
Maritza Machado-Williams
Maritza Machado-Williams, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Student Services First Generation Student Center
(775) 784-6044
5461
Ally
Joanne Mallari
Joanne Mallari
Program Specialist
(775) 784-6689
5461
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Ellen Murphy
Ellen Murphy
Administrative Assistant
(775) 784-4978
5461
Ally
Romando Nash
Romando Nash
Associate Vice President for Student Life Services
(775) 784-1471
5461
Ally
Katie Newman
Katie Newman
Administration & Finance Term expires: 2024
(775) 682-7046
5461
Ally
John Pratt
John Pratt
Veteran Services Coordinator
(775) 682-8040
5461
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Kenia Ramirez-Moreno
Kenia Ramirez-Moreno
Program Specialist
5461
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Myrna Reyes
Myrna Reyes
Academic Advisor
(775) 682-8869
TB 101
5461
Ally
Juana Reynoza-Gomez
Juana Reynoza-Gomez
Director of Advising, Recruitment & Retention, College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources She/Her/Hers
5461
Ally
Andrea Saavedra-Nieto
Andrea Saavedra-Nieto
Coordinator and Ambassador
(775) 682-8944
5461
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Alex Segura-Garcia
Alex Segura-Garcia
Advisor for: Last names G-K
(775) 682-7503
OB 103
5461
Ally
Jennifer Sims
Jennifer Sims
Assistant Director
(775) 682-6171
5461
Ally
Alissa Surges
Alissa Surges, M.A.
Lecturer
(775) 682-6393
5461
Ally
Daniel Valle
Daniel Valle, Ph.D.
Associate Director, TRiO Scholars
(775) 682-7778
5461
Ally
Heather Williams
Heather Williams, M.A.
Student Success Specialist, TRiO Scholars
775-682-8789
5461