Peer mentors

The Peer Mentors for TRiO Scholars and TRIO STEM are experienced students who have a genuine interest in the educational and personal development of students. They function as a coach, a friend, and, most of all, a positive role model. Through group and one-on-one settings, the peer mentors create a safe and non-judgmental environment in order to enhance and enrich the college experience of their fellow TRiO Scholars and TRIO STEM Scholars.

Meet our peer mentors

Orlando Crespo, TRiO Scholars

Hey, my name is Orlando Crespo Molina. I was born and raised in BLC (in other words Reno, Nevada). I attended Earl Wooster High School, and now I am currently at the University of Nevada, Reno where I am pursuing a dual degree in secondary education and in science. Since high school, I have always wondered what it would be like to be a teacher, to have a classroom, to have your set of students, and more importantly to make an impact on them. I hope I can make an impact on my students in the future and make a difference in their lives. Some of the activities I do outside of academics is going to the gym to work on my physique but also my mental health. I will always be grateful for TRiO, for the new family I gained as I am never alone in this program because I have others who I can rely on for help.

Erick Godinez, TRiO STEM Scholars

Headshot of Erick GodinezI’m currently a senior with a double major in biology and Spanish literature. I aim to become a doctor and eventually a cardiologist, specifically assisting Spanish-speaking communities and underserved populations. In my free time, I enjoy playing soccer with my friends and planning trips around the world. I’m extremely excited to get familiar with everyone and hope you get the most out of everything what the first-gen programs have to offer.


Reanna Kang, TRiO Scholars

Hello! My name is Raeanna Kang. I was born and raised in Reno, Nevada, and I graduated from Hug High School in 2018. I am a junior majoring in business information systems and minoring in cybersecurity. Technology is always evolving, and I hope to learn more about technology and contribute to its expansion in the future on any platform. I highly value my education, so being a part of TRiO has been a great resource for me as a first-gen student. I love being involved on campus whether it be attending campus events or checking out clubs and organizations. Outside of academics, I love being with friends and family, reading, listening to many types of music, singing, dancing, and doing creative projects. I am excited to be a peer mentor because I know how much of an impact my mentors had on me.

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Bryan Hernandez, TRiO Scholars

Hey! My name is Bryan Hernandez. I was born and raised in the lovely Remo Sriracha (Reno, Nevada), and I am currently attending the University of Nevada, Reno and am pursuing a dual degree in Secondary Education and Spanish with a minor in Business Administration. The plan is to have my own classroom in a high school setting with the ability to keep my heritage and culture alive through teaching, and I hope to have a personal connection with all my students. The business administration minor will be helpful when I am focusing on a side job during vacations, and I have always liked the business (financial) aspect of things. My favorite hobbies include being with my family, whether that is working on our vintage cars or just spending time watching a soccer game, I hold them on the highest pedestal. I became a peer mentor to guide those who do not feel like they're in place because I know how it feels to be lost or confused. I want to make a positive impact on my peers and make them feel safe with academia!

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Daniela Saldate, TRiO STEM Scholars

Headshot of Daniela SaldateMy name is Daniela Saldate, and I'm a rising Junior. My major is in Mechanical Engineering, however my passion lies in the Aerospace Engineering field. I lalso ove dogs and helping people! I am excited to get to know and grow with you through First in the Pack and TRIO STEM Scholars programs this upcoming year!


Angela Silva Montenegro, TRiO STEM Scholars

Headshot of Angela Silva MontenegroHello, everyone! I’m Angela, a third-year public health major. I hope to go to graduate school to become a Physician Assistant. Whenever I’m not on campus, I enjoy being with friends, family and my adorable puppies. I hope you enjoy your time with First In The Pack as much as I do!


Aaliyah Taylor, TRiO Scholars

Hi! My name is Aaliyah Taylor. I was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. I graduated from Hug High School in 2018, and I am majoring in molecular microbiology and immunology and minoring in psychology and military science. My goals are to attended medical school and pursue a career as a physician in the United States Army. You can usually find me on campus at the fitness center or getting schoolwork done at the Knowledge Center. I decided to become a peer mentor so that I could also support and encourage students. I cannot wait to meet you all!

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Paulina Zamarripa Miranda, TRiO Scholars

Hi, my name is Paulina Zamarripa Miranda. I was born and raised in the biggest little city (Reno, Nevada). I am majoring in social work; my goal is to graduate in 2023! In the future, I hope to work in schools to help provide the services needed for students to continue their education. I also hope to give back to my community by opening a scholarship for students who come from a low socio-economic status and who are first generation

I come from a very traditional Mexican background, and I am the middle child of two other siblings. I like to describe myself as a hardworking, extroverted, and passionate person. I enjoy spending time with my family, dancing, listening to music, and being outdoors. I can’t wait to see what this school year has in store for me! I am so excited to be one of TRiO’s peer mentors!

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