Dean's Student Advisory Council

There are numerous ways for you to get involved in the College of Liberal Arts (COLA). Research shows that the more involved you are in college life, the more likely you are to stay in school and graduate. Following are some ways to engage in COLA programs and activities to make the most of your student experience.

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DSAC Values: 

  • Advocacy
  • Communication
  • Community
  • Equity
  • Growth

Meet our Dean's Student Advisory Council

The College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Student Advisory Council is a student-led group that serves as the voice for undergraduate students within the college, addresses salient issues that are relevant to the student experience, and connects the administration and student body to encourage growth and community.

Humberto Amezcua

Humberto Amezcua

Major: Psychology
Year in School: Senior
Position in DSAC: Scholarship and Financial Committee Chair

Humberto chose psychology as a major to learn how to integrate the psychology of social interaction with how we interact on the business level. Learning about how the human mind works can be such a valuable asset to have, especially in this super connected world where that human connection is so necessary. Humberto is a contracted cadet for the Army ROTC Program and a member of the COLA Internship Program. He is part of the Army's ROTC Lab (For Field Exercise Training) and works part time as a student worker at UNLV’S Human Resource.

Janah Esplana Balane

Janah Esplana Balane

Major: English
Minor: Secondary Education
Year in School: Sophomore
Position in DSAC: COLA Community Outreach Committee Chair

From a very young age, Janah always believed English to be the story of humanity. She is an english major because of her passion for literary analysis. Janah believes that if we took the time to understand one another, the world can be a kinder place! She wants to share this passion of mine with future generations as an educator. There is nothing more gratifying to Janah than helping others, especially in an academic setting. She hopes to be the person to spark interest in the power of literature and encourage students to use their voices because they matter.Janah also works part time as a student worker at UNLV’S Psychology department.

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Robert Bellucci

Major: Psychology
Year in School: Senior
Position in DSAC: Specialized Students Committee

Robert is a fourth-year student at UNLV majoring in Psychology. The human mind has always fascinated Robert and he is always trying to gain a better understanding of why people behave in certain ways as well as understanding the role our society and environment play in those behaviors and ideas. Robert is President of Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society, Vice President of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, a CSUN College of Liberal Arts Senator, and a member of The National Society of Leadership and Success. He is a Research Assistant for the Social Development Research Lab.

Nour Benjelloun

Nour Benjelloun

Major: Philosophy, Law & Justice
Year in School: Junior
Position in DSAC: President

Nour is a third-year student at UNLV majoring in Philosophy with a concentration in Law & Justice. From a very young age, Nour has cared deeply about societal issues and has always had a passion for law. With that said, he is pursuing a Bachelor's in Philosophy alongside a concentration in law. He plans to pursue a law degree in Constitutional Law, where he hopes to make a valuable impact on the community. Lastly, Nour is the President of the Dean's Student Advisory Council, Vice President of UNLV RazaUnida, Vice President of Community Outreach for UNLV IBA, and College of Liberal Arts Senator. He also works a part-time job as a Project Assistant for UNLV.

Zach Billot

Zach Billot

Major: Political Science/ Minor in Public Policy
Year in School: Sophomore
Position in DSAC: Scholarship and Financial Committee

Our world needs transparency and governmental accountability. Zach hopes to best educate myself and provide those very important missing components to my life in order to best represent constituents when in public office. Politics in general is also just really intriguing and Zach loves immersing himself in the content. Zach is currently in several RSOs. He is a member of CSUN, holding a position as Senator for COLA. In addition, Zach is Treasurer and Secretary of PSC Honors Society, PSC Club Member, and UNLV Young Democrats. Lastly, Zach is vice president of Model United Nations and will hold a Chair Position for the Universities Conference this year.

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Edgar Nicolas Garcia

Major: Political Science
Year in School: Senior
Position in DSAC: COLA Community Outreach Committee Member

Edgar believes political science prepares me to develop a more comprehensive knowledge of political systems as a whole and would assist me for my eventual plan to go to law school.Currently, Edgar is an Associate Editor for the Undergraduate Law Review and an active member of the Political Science Club. At the same time, Edgar has also helped establish Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity in UNLV and became one of its first Founding Fathers. He also owns and maintain a crypto mining farm.

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Maria Victoria Agao

Major: Sociology
Year in School: Junior
Position in DSAC: COLA Community Outreach

Victoria chose to go into Sociology because she wanted to understand the foundational issues we see in society in order to better address these issues and create a better place for everyone. Her main focus is on education and the environment. Victoria's dream career is to work for the United Nations, specifically UNICEF. She is currently an AmeriCorps volunteer, FASA member, and SDSJ Peer Educator.

Viviana Hernandez

Viviana Hernandez

Major: Psychology
Year in School: Sophomore
Position in DSAC: Programming Assistant

Viviana had a passion for psychology since high school to major in psychology. She always believed mental health is so important to talk and be aware of, along with being fascinated to how the mind works and develops. She hopes to go more into Clinical Psychology and be involved in research. She is also the VP of Recruitment for the First Generation Club, a member in the Psychology and Student Organization of Latinx Club. She works part time as COLA's Programming Assistant for the Dean's Student Advisory Council.

Duaa Murtaza

Duaa Murtaza

Major: Pre-Law Political Science & Philosophy Minor
Year in School: Junior
Position in DSAC: Career and Professional Development Chair

Duaa wants to advocate for marginalized women in 3rd world countries and eventually open my Pro-Bono clinic. She wants to pursue Law so she can learn how to effectively advocate for these rights. She is also the President for UNLV Buddies, and Borg Law Group- Intern, PSC Honors Society Member. She also works part time as the COLA Lead Peer Mentor.

Oskar Perez

Oskar Perez

Major: Psychology
Year in School: Senior
Position in DSAC: Career and Professional Development Committee

Oskar is a part of the DSAC Career and Professional Development Committee. His passion for learning about human behavior and how the brain works is what led him to pursue a degree in psychology. He’s a member of the Undergraduate Law Review, a registered student organization at UNLV. He works part-time in retail at the Banana Republic.

Ava Platt

Ava Platt

Major: Psychology
Minor: Neuroscience
Year in School: Senior
Position in DSAC: Career and Professional Development Committee

Ava is a fourth-year student majoring in psychology with a concentration in neuroscience. To pursue her passion for the cellular, molecular and neural mechanisms of the brain she has spent the last two and a half years working as an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Jefferson Kinney’s Cellular and Molecular Brain Research (CaMBR) Laboratory, where her research focuses on uncovering the mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to her research in the CaMBR lab, Ava has conducted research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on time perception and attention. Ava now conducts research in the Hyman in-vivo Electrophysiology Lab conducting research on the neural circuits involved in learning and memory and how they are altered in a mouse model of neuroinflammation meant to mimic pathology found in Alzheimer's disease. She spends her free time practicing yoga and works at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center on campus as a yoga instructor. Upon graduating, Ava plans to pursue a doctoral degree in neuroscience. With her goal of assisting other students in developing their professional and leadership skills, Ava joined DSAC as part of the committee of professional development.

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Isabelle Rice

Major: Political Science, Asian and Asian American Studies
Year in School: Senior
Position in DSAC: Specialized Students Committee

Isabelle Rice is a member of BlackLivesMatter, Active Minds, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Student Sustainability Council and the Womxn of Color Coalition. She is also the founder and president of the Asian American Pacific Islander Student Association, in addition to being the director of Camp Kesem.

Isabelle chose to major in political science because she has always been interested in government and politics, and hope that the knowledge that she has gained will further help her in my graduate studies. It wasn’t until she took an introductory course on Asian American Studies that Isabelle realized she was also very passionate in understanding the history and contemporary experience of the Asian American experience.

Emily Salazar

Emily Salazar

Major: History and Latin American Studies
Minor: Spanish
Year in School: Senior
Position in DSAC: Scholarship and Financial Committee

Emily chose her majors in the hopes to study something valuable for my future careers option and also interest me. She enjoys researching, along with the process of learning new outlooks of different backgrounds. All voices should be valued, especially those that have been shunned for hundreds of years. Throughout her college experience Emily has been made an honorary member of Sigma Omega Nu Latina Interest Sorority along with holding many leadership positions, the Multicultural Greek Council Vice President, and a peer mentor for the College of Liberal Arts. She also works part time at the UNR Extension office in the 4-H program.

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Meagan Taylor

Major: History
Year in School: Senior
Position in DSAC: Career & Professional Development Committee Member

Megan wants to help carry on the stories of the past and pass them onto the next generation. She also works at Hiro Karate as a secretary and occasional teaching assistant.Meagan is the President and Founder UNLV Karate and the Community Service Chair and Recruitment Chair Sigma Theta Psi Sorority.

LaShawn Tith

LaShawn Tith

Major: Psychology/Criminal Justice
Minor: Neuroscience
Year in School: Senior
Position in DSAC: COLA Community Outreach

LaShawn is a Psychology major because he aims to comprehend human development and how it affects a person's behavior, cognition, and social interaction throughout their lifespan. He plans to apply it to the Criminal Justice field to properly assist those who have mental and neurological disorders in order to help prevent readmission and recidivism. LaShawn is part of the Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Organization/ Outreach Undergraduate Mentoring Program, is in the Interactive Measurement Group (IMG) Lab as a research assistant and newsletter editor as well as a family resource specialist at The Harbor.

Ruby Valencia

Ruby Valencia

Major: Political Science
Minor: Philosophy
Year in School: Senior
Position in DSAC: Career & Professional Development Committee

The role of government has an extreme influence in the way a country and its citizens conduct themselves. By learning more about foreign policies, economic policies, and previous political history, Ruby believes she can help the community around her make the choices that are right for us. Ruby has big goals to get involved in American politics and that political science is the right stepping stone for her. She is the 1st Generation Club's VP, the director for CAB Welcome Weeks, and cohort for the Grad Rebel Advantage. Ruby is also the lab assistant for Tourism Safety & Crowd Science and works part time at UNLV's IGES Department.

Angelica Shenouda

Angelica Shenouda

Major: Gender & Sexuality Studies
Minor: Psychology
Year in School: Junior
Position in DSAC: Specialized Students Committee

Angelica is a first generation student pursuing her BA in Gender and Sexuality Studies with a minor in Psychology. She is deeply passionate about social justice topics (especially gender equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and wealth inequality), and loves learning about feminism because it affects so many aspects of our everyday life. She hopes to help cultivate positive change in her community with her degree. She is also the President of UNLV First Generation Club, an organization promoting community and support for first gen students at UNLV.

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