First-Generation Coalition

The First-Generation Coalition began in 2019 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
5986
Coalition leaders
Chris Westin
Chris Westin, M.A.
CCAMPIS Assistant Director, CCAMPIS & TRIO Scholars
(775) 682-7779
5986

Coalition members

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Matthew Aguirre
Matthew Aguirre
Director, Graduate Student Services and GSA Senior Advisor he, him, his
(775) 784-4629
JCSU 302
5461
Ally
Becky Arevalos-Mendoza
Becky Arevalos-Mendoza
Northern Nevada Program Coordinator She/Her/Ella
WRB
5461
Ally
Francisco Barbosa
Francisco Barbosa
Washoe Grant Counselor/Coordinator
(775) 682-9439
5461
Ally
Emilly Borthwick-Wong
Emilly Borthwick-Wong
Director, University Advising Center
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
James Cox
James Cox
Director, Joe Crowley Student Union
(775) 784-6175
5461
Ally
Francisca Crutchfield
Francisca Crutchfield, M.A.
Program Counselor, TRIO Scholars
(775) 784-4665
PSAC 450
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.
Program Director, Outreach and Community Relations she/her/hers
5461
Ally
Karen Gallardo
Karen Gallardo
Academic Advisor
(775) 682-7759
TB 101
5461
Ally
Liridian Gamboa Sanchez
Liridian Gamboa Sanchez
Southern Nevada Program Coordinator She/Her/Ella
WRB
5461
Ally
Mitzi Garcia Hernandez
Mitzi Garcia Hernandez
Academic Advisor
(775) 682-8743
OB 211
5461
Ally
Mariluz Garcia
Mariluz Garcia, Ph.D.
Dean's Future Scholars Executive Director
(775) 784-4237
WRB 4117
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
Executive Director, Student Services First-Generation Student Center
(775) 682-8404
5461
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Paige Hurley
Paige Hurley
(775) 784-4666
5461
Ally
Eric James
Eric James
Chief of Police
(775) 784-4013
5461
Ally
Osvaldo Jimenez
Osvaldo Jimenez, MBA
Project Manager He/Him/El
WRB
5461
Ally
Mari Jimenez-Ortiz
Mari Jimenez-Ortiz
Truckee Grant Counselor/Coordinator
(775) 682-6717
5461
Ally Undergraduate Research; Policy Informatics; Innovation; Research
Tanya Kelley
Tanya Kelley, Ph.D.
Director, Undergraduate Research She, Her, Hers
(775) 682-6634
ARF 304
5461 Undergraduate Research; Policy Informatics; Innovation; Research
Ally
Grace Leal
Grace Leal
Academic Advisor and Coordinator, Pre-professional Advancement
(775) 784-4684
PSAC 405
5461
Ally
Brenda Lopez
Brenda Lopez
Advisor
(775) 682-7764
OB 213
5461
Ally
Jennifer Lowman
Jennifer Lowman, Ph.D.
Director, Student Persistence Research
(775) 682-6844
5461
Ally
William J. Macauley
William J. Macauley, Jr., Ph.D.
Professor
(775) 784-6038
5461
Ally
Joanne Mallari
Joanne Mallari
Program Specialist
(775) 784-6689
5461
Ally
Tamara  Martinez-Anderson
Tamara Martinez-Anderson
Director of Admissions
(775) 682-9450
212
5461
Ally
Melissa McGovern
Melissa McGovern
UCAN Clinic Coordinator
(775) 682-7028
5461
Ally
Matt Miller
Matt Miller
Operations Manager, Joe Crowley Student Union
(775) 682-7409
5461
Ally
Ellen Murphy
Ellen Murphy
Administrative Assistant
(775) 784-4978
5461
Ally
Leslie Nady
Leslie Nady
Chief of Staff, Office of the Provost
(775) 784-1255
5461
Ally
Romando Nash
Romando Nash
Associate Vice President for Student Life Services
(775) 784-1471
5461
Ally
Katie Newman
Katie Newman
Senior Manager, Safety & Human Resources She, her, hers
(775) 682-7046
5461
Ally
Manuel Ortiz
Manuel Ortiz, M.A.
Assistant Director
(775) 784-4237
WRB 4117
5461
Ally
Lauren Parker
Lauren Parker
Academic Advisor, College of Science
(775) 682-6132
OB 207
5461
Ally
Jeimi Picazo Farias
Jeimi Picazo Farias
Program Specialist
EJCH #203
5461
Ally
John Pratt
John Pratt
Veteran Services Coordinator
(775) 682-8040
5461
Ally
Kenia Ramirez-Moreno
Kenia Ramirez-Moreno
Program Specialist
5461
Ally
Misty Riddle
Misty Riddle
Assistant Professor she/ her/ hers
(775) 682-7896
FA
5461
Ally
Todd Ruecker
Todd Ruecker, Ph.D.
Associate Professor; Director, Core Writing Program
(775) 682-6404
FH 131C
5461
Ally
Ricky Salazar
Ricky Salazar, M.S.W.
Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life
(775) 682-6846
5461
Ally
Miranda Sanford
Miranda Sanford, M.A.
Academic Advisor
(775) 682-8761
TB 101
5461
Ally
Natalie Servellon
Natalie Servellon
Academic Advisor, College of Science
OB 206
5461
Ally
David Shintani
David Shintani
Vice Provost, Undergraduate Education
(775) 784-1740
5461
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Jennifer Sims
Jennifer Sims
Assistant Director
(775) 682-6171
5461
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Alissa Surges
Alissa Surges, M.A.
Senior Lecturer; Interim Director of Undergraduate Studies she, her, hers
(775) 682-6393
5461
Ally
Suzanne Turner
Suzanne Turner
Event Manager, Joe Crowley Student Union she, her, hers
(775) 682-7403
5461
Ally
Noah Walls
Noah Walls
Washoe Grant Specialist
5461
Ally
Heather Williams
Heather Williams, M.A.
Associate Director, TRIO Scholars
775-682-8789
5461
Ally
Keola Wong
Keola Wong
Coordinator, Student Advising and Development (API)
5461