TRiO Peer Mentors

TRiO Peer Mentors

The TRiO Scholars Peer Mentors are experienced juniors and seniors 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 nonjudgmental environment in order to enhance and enrich the college experience of their fellow TRiO Scholars.

Ania Calvillo-Mason

Ania is a senior in the Human Development and Family Studies B.S. Program and is graduating in May, 2018! Ania graduated from Reno High in 2014 and has enjoyed being a Reno local since she and her family moved here in 2000. In her free time, Ania enjoys training animals, horseback riding, going to concerts, watching movies, and spending time with her fiance and new puppy. Throughout her undergraduate career, Ania has been fortunate to experience multiple practicums and internships that have added substantial value to her professional experience and career development. Most importantly, Ania was fortunate to be selected as a participant in the Keith Sherin Global Leaders Program, 2016 and spent the summer studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain. Ania is passionate about education and hopes to work with underrepresented youth to assist them in furthering their education and developing successful professional careers. After graduation, Ania will be pursuing a master's degree to further her education and to work toward her goal of becoming a higher administration professional in an education related field. 

Yaquelin Ramirez Olivares

My name is Yaquelin Ramirez. I was born in Guanajuato Mexico, but was raised here in Reno, Nevada. I graduated from Hug High School in the spring of 2015 and am currently a junior here at the university. I am the first of my entire family to attend a four-year university. Getting here has not been easy, but with hard work and motivation I have managed to make it through. My parents were never too involved with my education, and going to them when I needed help wasn't an option, so I resorted to teachers and academic counselors. Here at the university, I have never felt out of place thanks to programs such as TRiO which make the transition for first generation students much easier. I plan to graduate in the spring of 2018 with a bachelor's of Science in Nutrition. Having applied to an internship prior to my graduation, I hope to get matched at the UC Davis Medical Center where I will complete my dietetic internship, take a test, and become a registered dietitian. Perhaps after gaining some experience, I want to apply to the UC Davis Master of Advanced Study in Maternal and Child Nutrition. I want to help people improve their health and well-being especially at the beginning of the life cycle. There is so much that I want to do with Nutrition, and I hope I get the chance to do it all! My overall goal through this journey is to help people live a healthy lifestyle with a smile on their face. Being a peer mentor has reassured me that I want to work with people and help them reach their full potential.

Shelby Riley

I'm Shelby Riley, a junior at the University of Nevada, Reno studying Social Work. I graduated from Damonte Ranch High School and have enjoyed volunteer work since I was eleven years old. I currently volunteer for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and The Children's Cabinet. I also enjoy running and hiking in the beautiful Lake Tahoe Wilderness! If you would ever like to hike with me, please ask. I am always looking for an adventure buddy! In addition to working as a TRiO Scholars Peer Mentor, I currently intern for Court Appointed Special Advocates, am an active member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity, and a snowboard instructor for Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe. Upon graduation, I plan to work as a Child and Family Services Social Worker and gain my master's degree in Social Policy. Thanks to TRiO, I have gained many connections in the community that I work to extend to all of my students, as well as found my place and purpose on campus.

Emy Rodriguez

I was born into a big loving family that has always kept me smiling, from the time I was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada up to the present here in Reno. I am an undergraduate majoring in Elementary Education with an emphasis in ELL (English Language Learners) and minoring in Spanish Translation. I have felt extremely blessed to have had the opportunity to study abroad in Costa Rica this past summer, and along with taking classes for my minor, I also had the privilege to volunteer in a preschool abroad. Not only do I live for adventure and love to be active, but I also enjoy working with children and language.  All of this considered, I'm hoping after graduation I will get a job overseas.

Adora Shortridge

My name is Adora Shortridge, and I am a senior at the University of Nevada Reno, with a major in Environmental Science and a minor in photography. I graduated from Fernley High School, and my hobbies include hiking, swimming, taking tons of pictures, crocheting, listening to music, and reading Harry Potter. During my undergraduate career I have had the amazing opportunity to be a summer intern for the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection, I studied abroad in Costa Rica for a summer and have been a part of the Outdoor Activities Club as well. In addition to working as a peer mentor for TRiO, I am also an undergraduate student researcher and a McNair program participant. When I graduate, I will be continuing to graduate school to earn my masters degree in Environmental Conservation and would like to pursue a career as a professor, field scientist, or environmental planner. Being a peer mentor has helped me give back to the AOSP programs because without their support, I would not be where I am today.