Advisory Boards

A variety of prominent community leaders and interdisciplinary faculty and staff make up two of the advisory boards of the LRC to help with idea contribution and steps to accomplish its overall mission. The Latino Student Advisory Board was initiated in 2007 with the purpose of gaining student direction for the LRC and provide Latinx students a welcoming space to come together in enhancing the Hispanic community of Nevada through public outreach, academic excellence and political movements.

Faculty and staff advisory board

  • Lorraine T. Benuto, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Robert Gutierrez-Perez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies
  • Mario A. Alpuche, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
  • Maria Sandra Jimenez, Assistant Director, Upward Bound Math and Science Programs
  • Rayla R Tokarz, Information Literacy Librarian
  • Gerold B Dermind, MBA, Dirctor, Nevada Public Health Training Center

Community advisory board

  • Rev. Jorge Herrera, Little Flower Catholic Church
  • Victoria Rios, ACTIONN Civic Engagement Program Manager
  • Oscar Delgado, City of Reno Councilman
  • Cynthia Esparza, City of Reno Community Liaison
  • Andy Hughes, TMCC Executive Director of Admissions and Records
  • Travis LaChapelle, Senator Jacky Rosen Deputy Northern Nevada Director
  • Xiomara Ibarra, Senator Jacky Rosen Deputy Northern Nevada Director
  • Fatima Rivas, Washoe County School District Multicultural Outreach Specialist
  • Sean Savoy, Renown Health Manger Spiritual Care
  • Emma Guzman, Guild Mortgage Loan Officer

The Latino Research Center Student Advisory Board is primarily composed of University students, but also incorporates ideas and suggestions from faculty members and prominent community leaders, who strive for the enhancement of the Hispanic community in Nevada through public outreach, academic excellence and political movements.

LSAB E-Board 2019-2020

  • President:
  • Vice President: Jaime Sesgundo
  • Treasurer: Andrew Mendez
  • Secretary: Andre Anaya

The Latino Student Advisory Board is the longest running student club at the University. The board meets regularly to discuss different topics related to Latinos and about different leadership approaches both in the community and on campus. The group received the ASUN Award for the best new club the year it was formed (2007) and Carla Castedo, former President, received the Club Leader Award of the Year (2012). The board was able to get the first Latino column “Latino Voices” in the Nevada Sagebrush. They have also worked in mentoring programs for Latinx students in elementary, middle and high school. The board created the “Beyond Government Aid” program, helping high school students with their résumés and look for scholarships. They have also worked at the community level with voter registration drives, supporting Immigration Reform at the Nevada Legislature, driver authorization cards, working on DACA and Citizenship workshops, and in civic engagement and leadership trainings. Each year, the board helps organize Cesar Chavez Day, La Bienvenida (now SomosNevada) and the Dia de Los Muertos celebration on campus.