About the Program

The Intersection Partners (TiPS) Mentorship Program is a group mentoring program that aims to provide first-year students with a supportive relationship with a Partner, or peer mentor, who’s focused on promoting the overall success of the student. The program is designed to help and support first-year students in their social, personal and academic transition to UNLV. Partners serve as a resource, support system, and role model to new students while gaining the opportunity to learn about the first-year transition; develop communication, facilitation, leadership and other skills; and contribute to the university.

Mentor/Mentee Relationship

Mentoring relationships serve as vital components of academic, professional, and personal development. It is through these relationships that individuals learn about true responsibilities and day-to-day routines involved with their chosen career paths. Mentors help students develop links between education, research, and industry.

TiPs mentors support mentees in a variety of ways including connecting them to the campus community, developing a sense of purpose about being enrolled at UNLV, and acquiring the necessary skills to become independent and life-long learners. TiPs mentors also benefit as well. In the process of mentoring, mentors develop leadership skills, create and participate in service-learning opportunities, master key learning strategies, and experience the satisfaction that comes from serving others.

Want to become a mentor or mentee? If interested, please review the job description and requirements below and fill out the required submission form.

Mentors should:

  • Establish mentoring relationship guidelines (dates, times, locations, etc.)
  • Build trust and confidence in students through candid conversations
  • Expose students to activities related to their academic or career goals (research, meetings, professional organizations)
  • Be interested and concerned about a student’s academics (coursework and grades) and future employment goals
  • Encourage students to become involved in related student, community and professional organizations
  • Maintain FERPA standards

Mentees should:

  • Work with TIPS mentors to establish tangible goals of mentoring relationship
  • Be respectful of mentor’s guidelines: show up on time, do what you say you are going to do, always be prepared
  • Ask candid questions about student life, course work challenges, experiences in higher education, etc.
  • Be willing to become involved in programs and activities as suggested by mentors to establish networking opportunities
  • Be open to the experience of mentoring

Our Mentors

Jasmine Avagyan

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Jasmine Avagyan is a junior majoring in Biology with minors in Psychology and Neuroscience. Jasmine is enrolled in the Honors College, and volunteers at the Nathan Adelson Hospice. She is also part of the Pre-Dental Society and hopes to become a dentist to provide healthcare for those in need. Her passions include cooking and traveling.

Jeremy Gonzales

Jeremy Gonzales
Jeremy Gonzales is a senior majoring in Political Science. Jeremy works as a peer partner for The Intersection. Jeremy is a member of the Young Democratic Socialists chapter of UNLV. Jeremy also volunteers with local non-profit organizations focusing on assisting under-housed members of the community.

Natalie Gutierrez

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Natalie Gutierrez is a junior majoring in History with a minor in Classical Studies. Natalie works as a peer mentor coordinator for The Intersection. She stays active in the Las Vegas community by working with local schools and programs for Latinos and other groups. Her passions include dancing, evidenced by her involvement with the UNLV Tango and Salsa Club.

Keren Jean-Charles

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Keren Jean-Charles is a freshman majoring in Psychology. Keren currently works as a peer mentor for first generation students. She enjoys listening to music and trying new foods.