Samantha González

Samantha González is a Las Vegas native, who attended public schools in Clark County School District all of her life. After graduating from CCSD, she went on to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and Linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Johns Hopkins University.

As a first generation college student, she often felt lost and conflicted by the sudden lack of cultural connections, financial barriers, and a poor sense of belonging. Reflecting back on her time as a student, she has noticed that her greatest motivators were the faculty and staff of color at her institutions that taught her that community and aspiration are the greatest resources to have when navigating the unfamiliar. Samantha hopes to provide this same guidance to the first-generation college students at Nevada State College.

In 2021, she joined the Nepantla Program as its Program Coordinator where she recruits high school students to join Nepantla every year for its annual six-week summer bridge program. Aside from working with prospective high school students, she mentors and guides the students in the Nepantla Program by listening to their often quieted voices, celebrating their cultural wealth, and teaching them to take charge of their aspirational capital by “dreaming big and aiming high”. In her free time, Samantha finds joy in caring for her dogs, playing video games, and reading.

Camille Cruz

Hello! My name is Camille and I am the Dual Credit Specialist. Originally from the Philippines, I moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in 2013 and started attending Nevada State College. I graduated from NSC in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and with a minor in Addiction Treatment and Prevention. After graduating, I worked at NSC as an Accounting Assistant in the Cashier’s Office during which I had the opportunity to work alongside the Dual Credit Program to help in creating the billing process. I am now working in the Dual Credit Program assisting the Coordinator of High School Partnerships and I am excited to work with students as they prepare for their transition to NSC!

Email: Camille.Cruz@nsc.edu

Phone: 702-992-2779

Mi Bui

Hello! My name is Mi Bui, and I am the new Embedded Support Program Coordinator. I was born and raised in Las Vegas, which led to my academic career at UNLV. I majored in Biological Sciences with minors in neuroscience and psychology. Originally, I planned to pursue medicine, but my love for student support and advising swayed me. I was an SI leader at UNLV, working with introductory biology classes, and then I became a graduate assistant for the program after starting my Master’s program. I am now in the middle of pursuing my Master’s in Higher Education, and I hope to graduate in Spring of 2022.

My undergraduate degree was full of twists and turns, but it has led me to where I am today! I still love biology and chemistry, but I know the skills I learned in those courses will help me in my role working with the course assistants and supplemental instruction leaders. I hope to guide students to grow professionally and personally and to encourage persistence to their graduation and establish a strong self-concept. Outside of the academic world, I enjoy hiking, camping, crafting, and spending time with my family.”