Testimonials

Xavier Morgan-Lange

UNLV NSBE Pre-College Initiative
Chair, Former President
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2020

"The UNLV Multicultural Program has played a significant role in the successes that I enjoy today. As an incoming freshman, college and all of its moving parts were nothing short of overwhelming. Fortunately, I found refuge within UNLV's National Society of Black Engineers chapter and the Multicultural Program as a whole. Here, I was able to surround myself with individuals who shared similar backgrounds and equally ambitious goals. This social support network coupled with the financial and logistical support of the programs made college much more navigable and manageable. With clarity, I felt as if I was able to take full advantage of my college experience, and develop lasting relationships with people who are truly inspiring and uplifting. Without hesitation I unequivocally recommend the program, and applaud its efforts to ensure that students get the most out of their education."

Xavier Morgan-Lange

Darius Jackson

Advocate/participant since 2013
Held multiple leadership positions with various student organizations and assisted with hosting various events through the MP
Major: Mechanical Engineering/Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2018

 

"Two of the greatest skills I've been able to obtain through my work with the Multicultural Program (MP) are a sense of confidence and advanced leadership skills. Working with the MP since 2013, I've been able to participate in numerous events that have allowed me to work with both current UNLV students, local HS students, visiting students, and various professionals and faculty. Holding multiple leadership positions through multiple student organizations within the MP, I was able to learn how to thoroughly embrace students from numerous backgrounds and address them in a manner that allowed me to identify their needs and determine how I could best assist them in achieving their goals. Through the College of Engineering (COE) I was able to build genuine friendships, introduce and welcome K-12 students to UNLV and engineering, while also learning to become a much more well-rounded student simultaneously. As my confidence began to grow, I eventually took it amongst myself to start assisting other students as I prepared for graduation. As I currently mentor several students as a UNLV alum, I can honestly say that without the opportunities given to me through the MP, I wouldn't be the young professional that I am today. Witnessing what the MP has been able to accomplish throughout the years is what motivates me to be a lifelong advocate and supporter of Dr. J and the MP. The MP has been able to positively impact the lives of many individuals throughout the Las Vegas valley and has been an integral aspect of supporting UNLV's "Different. Daring. Diverse." mantra as it embraces being a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and helping all underrepresented students of various backgrounds. From my own experience, Dr. J and the MP contributed towards my education in the form of scholarships throughout my undergraduate years and without these contributions, I wouldn't have been able to complete my education. I've witnessed similar contributions being given to other students who needed additional support, while also providing students who weren't in the colleges that the MP governs employment opportunities to support their collegiate journeys as well. All in all, I'm absolutely thankful for Dr. J and the MP and I want to congratulate them on reaching another great milestone in their existence! Keep being great and positively impacting the UNLV and Las Vegas communities!"

Darius Jackson

Jermaine Smith

Major: Electrical Engineering
Graduation Year: 1997

"I attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) through the partnership with the Cooperative Developmental Energy Program (CDEP) at Fort Valley State University (FVSU). I earned my B.S. degree in mathematics at FVSU in three years before transferring to UNLV in 1995 and my B.S. degree in electrical engineering from UNLV in 1997. CDEP’s accelerated scholarship program prepared me for a demanding career as an engineer. While in CDEP, I received two bachelor degrees (Mathematics and Electrical Engineering) in five years, and I had great experiences during my four summer internships. My degrees, internships, communication skills, and mentoring that I received because of CDEP have made me highly marketable in the engineering industry. After graduating from the program, I was able to easily find full-time employment, raise a family, and earn a master’s degree in electrical engineering. I would highly recommend the CDEP program to anyone who has the desire, passion, and determination to excel in the energy industry. I continue to support the program by attending Energy Career Day and speaking to the students, parents, faculty, companies, and supporters. I look forward to my children having the opportunity to become FVSU and UNLV graduates. This program has truly blessed my life, and it can do the same for others. Currently, I am employed at Robins Air Force Base as an Electronics Engineer supporting avionics systems. At UNLV, the multicultural program helped me continue my academic success. The program provided academic advisement, and I was able to utilize the tutorial program. I am grateful for all of the support that I received. The education and assistance that was provided allowed me to be well prepared to enter the workforce and maintain a successful career in STEM. I am a proud graduate, and I encourage any seeking a career in STEM to consider FVSU and UNLV."

Jermaine Smith

Anita On

Nevada summer Transportation Institute Participant, 2016
Major: Human Development
Graduation Year: 2022

"I participated in the Nevada Summer Transportation Institute (NVSTI) as an incoming high school Junior in 2016, and the program was the catalyst to the new-found sense of purpose, identity, and confidence that I still value deeply today. I got closer to people who changed my life. My roommate during the camp is my roommate in college now, as we both ended up over 2,400 miles away from Las Vegas in the small town of Ithaca, New York. We had our first ever college experiences at the NVSTI-- living in a dorm, eating at the dining hall, listening to lectures, and collaborating on a group project. It is amazing to think about how far we have gone since then. I am so grateful to have gotten closer to her through this camp, and so happy that we were able to reunite two years later at Cornell. In addition to my peers at the camp, the mentors made a lasting impact on me. As I have seen their accomplishments throughout the years--graduating, entering medical school and Ph.D programs--I feel inspired and motivated by their hard work and tenacity. Their graciousness, guidance, and support during the camp has helped me shape my own values and goals, and to this day I look up to them as my role models. Finally, I was touched by the warmth and passion of everyone I encountered. The amount of support I received from start to finish of the project was amazing and I was empowered by the dedication of those around me. Thank you so much, Dr. J, for impacting the lives of so many people and providing this opportunity to us!"

Anita On

Sukhjit Narwal

Camp Counselor for the Nevada Summer Transportation Institute
Major: Secondary Education
Graduation Year: 2020

"The multicultural program has brought in students of multiple identities together to serve our community. The overall environment has always been positive. Whether if it's for my career field or education, I know that if I ever need help with anything I can turn to this program and receive the guidance that I need. I definitely recommend this program to anyone interested in broadening their experiences with volunteer work or interacting with students that come from different majors."

Sukhjit Narwal