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.