Multicultural Student Organizations Foster Inclusion and Diversity

Students at Nevada State College are fortunate to be a part of a diverse campus community. Over the past semester, several new student organizations have formed, which celebrate culture and heritage. The Asian Pacific Islander Coalition (APIC), Black Student Organization (BSO), and Native American Club are just some of NSC’s new organizations creating a cultural exchange on campus.
As a college that reflects the diversity of Las Vegas, we need to support groups that want to express their pride in their culture, said Dr. René Cantú, Nevada State College Vice President of Multicultural Affairs.
The Asian Pacific Islander Coalition (APIC) was started as a way to promote culture and community outreach. Co-Presidents Corinne Eugenio and Derick Manabat developed four pillars which sustain these goals, Culture, Community, Interaction and Unity.
During APIC’s early stages in the spring of 2008, the organization set out to create an organization on campus that fostered a welcoming atmosphere amongst incoming freshman and existing NSC students. Our organization is important because we provide a positive impact on the student body. Ghandi once said to Be the change you wish to see in the world, and this is what APIC is trying to achieve through our work, said Eugenio.
Similarly, the BSO has the objective of being a haven of support for NSC students and the campus community. One of our main goals is to be there for each other, said BSO Vice President Greg Ross. We want to build relationships, promote academic success, and instill confidence in students at NSC, said Ross.
The Native American Club at NSC is still in the recruitment phase, actively seeking members. Club leader Shianne McGregor was inspired to begin the organization seeing the under representation of Native Americans in Higher Education. There are only 1.1% of Natives at NSC. This figure is higher than the 0.9% for Clark County, but still very low compared to other ethnicities attending college. Ultimately, we would like to help that number grow through our outreach, said McGregor.
The broad representation of cultures in NSC’s student organizations presents an opportunity for learning and awareness on campus and in the Henderson community. The multicultural student organizations are open to all NSC students, regardless of ethnicity, which allows students a chance to learn about cultures and customs different from their own. In addition, having a diverse representation of cultures in the student organizations creates a sense of community in the student population. These organizations are the beginning of unity on our campus, said BSO Vice President Ross.
Through being involved in a student organization, members have the chance to develop their communication and leadership skills, which are invaluable for success in any field. When students get involved in clubs, they learn a lot about leadership that can be applied later in life whether it is in their work, or with a community, public, or non-profit organization, says Dr. Cantú.
Besides leadership development and cultural and community outreach, these student organizations offer an aspect of support and fellowship to its members. [These organizations] help provide a sense of belonging and pride in themselves and each other. The students find a voice on campus as well as in the community, said Dr. Cantú.
APIC and BSO will be collaborating with the Department of Multicultural Affairs to work on Crossroads, a new program that teaches high risk seventh and eighth grade students the skills they need to become more engaged in the educational process. Joey Lopez, Community Service Coordinator for APIC believes these outreach efforts provide student members a valued and rewarding experience by giving to the community and representing NSC in a positive arena.
A vast array of multicultural student organizations present a chance for NSC students to be in an environment where learning and experiencing different cultures is possible. This exchange on campus makes for a well-rounded educational experience within an inclusive and diverse climate.
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Nevada State College, Clark County School District announce Crossroads Mentoring Program results

Henderson, Nev.  Thanks to a continuing gift from Mr. Randy García, CEO of The Investment Counsel of Nevada, the Clark County School District’s Crossroads partnership with Nevada State College is helping high risk middle school students develop the skills necessary for academic success.
Implemented in early 2008, the Crossroads program specifically focuses on helping high risk seventh and eighth grade students in the Southeast Region of the Clark County School District understand and appreciate the importance of their education.
Middle school can be a critical turning point in a student’s life. I believe we can have a significant impact before high school, said Dr. Rene Cantu, vice president of Multicultural Affairs at Nevada State College and the inspiration for the program.
Under the direction of Cantu, and with the support of Clark County School District Southeast Region Superintendent Dr. Andre Denson, NSC’s faculty and students work with CCSD counselors to teach non-academic and personal development skills such as time and stress management, motivation, resiliency, self-esteem, and decision-making to the participating at-risk seventh and eighth grade students.
In February, the students were given a 108-question entrance assessment called Revving Up. When the program concluded in May, the students completed a comprehensive assessment entitled Moving On. The resultant data indicated a significant improvement in the students resiliency ratings, with 45 percent being more self-confident, 55 percent being more motivated, and 57 percent having an increased perception of the importance of education.
We are excited to see the transformation of these students, especially because we were able to look at their final grade and see that the majority of them re-engaged in the educational system before going on to high school, said Patrice Johnson, Assistant Southeast Region Superintendent.
Overall, the assessment demonstrated that Crossroads helped the students engage more in classroom and extracurricular activities. Moreover, students with dramatically increased self-confidence showed a corresponding increased willingness to ask questions in class and participate in group discussions, thus enabling them to become more goal-oriented as they move on to high school.
Nevada State College is a comprehensive four-year public college offering degrees including nursing, business administration and education. The college opened its doors to students in September 2002 after the Board of Regents and the Nevada State Legislature determined the need for enhanced educational opportunities in Southern Nevada in 1997. The college currently enrolls more than 2,200 students
NSC’s main campus is located on more than 500 acres in the foothills of Henderson and provides progressive bachelor’s programs in several in-demand fields of study. Nevada State College offers a low student-to-professor ration and competitive tuition rates.
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Healing Ceremony Celebrates Dedication of Nursing Program’s Faculty & Students

On October 1, 2008, students and faculty gathered for the fifth annual Healing Presence Ceremony, a celebration of their commitment to the art of caring in nursing. The small park on Basic & Water adjacent from the Nursing facility served as the backdrop for this serene and meaningful event.
Dr. Sherri Coffman, instructor of Nursing at Nevada State College, shared in her opening remarks that the NSC School of Nursing focuses on the concept of caring. NSC’s nursing faculty believes this concept is the essence of nursing, as ethical and spiritual caring is infused in all nursing situations. During every encounter with a patient, nurses demonstrate care through commitment, compassion and competence.
The ceremony focuses on one particular aspect of caring the energy of healing presence within nurse-patient and faculty-student relationships. To illustrate this, students and faculty form a large circle divided into seven sections, each section led by a student reader and faculty member. These sections represent the seven steps for being a healing presence. In the center of the circle is a small table strewn with lavender, which is known for its healing gifts. As each student reader recites the gifts, the students and faculty in that group walk around the table of lavender, selecting a sprig symbolizing their dedication to becoming a healing presence through learning, reflection and growth.
When the School of Nursing was established in 2003, the faculty had the unique prospect of creating opportunities such as the Healing Presence Ceremony that would foster a culture of caring in the program. Since then, this philosophy has been imparted to all students in the program, developing a community of future nurses demonstrating a healing presence throughout southern Nevada.
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