Interim Director, Conference & Event Services
Student Union and Event Services
Years at UNLV: 2.5
You helped bring Mamava, a pod to give mothers a place to nurse or pump in privacy, to the Student Union. What drove that initiative?
I learned about the Mamava as a nursing/lactation solution at a conference prior to arriving at UNLV. Once I arrived, I learned that (the Student Union) didn’t have a dedicated space in the facility and that folks were offering their offices on an ad hoc basis to those in need when possible. Knowing that practice didn’t meet all people’s needs and was only available during limited periods of time, I explored the possibility of installing a Mamava in the Student Union. When I reached out to the vendor, they connected me with folks from the Women’s Council Family Advocacy Committee (FAC) who had previously inquired about the lactation pod. Together, we worked to find a location and funding to make the pod possible. Eventually, the Mamava space in the Student Union was fully funded by the Division of Student Affairs.
What other initiatives are you working on?
In addition to my day-to-day Student Union & Event Services work, I recently had the opportunity to take a co-chair role for the Women’s Council Programming Committee. It’s a new position, so I am still learning. However, the group plans some traditional/annual programming such as the Welcome Back Mixer and Celebrating Our Successes, as well as the annual membership meeting each spring. The group is taking some time to hear what members-at-large would like to see from the committee. From there, we will evaluate how to move forward.
Who is an unsung hero at UNLV?
There are several I can think of — and I am sure many, many more across campus that I am not aware of — so I will offer two teams: the staff of the Jean Nidetch Women’s Center, as well as the staff of student diversity & social justice. The advocacy and education work they do for our students/campus is inspiring.
You’re stuck between meetings with 30 minutes to kill on campus. What do you do?
In theory, I may take a walk or check in with a colleague. In reality, I would likely get on my phone and respond to emails.
If you could learn to master one thing, what would it be?
Only one thing?!? To start, I would like to be fluent in Spanish and American Sign Language.
Any advice for young women starting careers on campus?
Network! Go to events hosted by students and departments. If you have the capacity, take advantage of the education benefits. Develop expectations between yourself and your supervisor/team. Model the way for others. Ask questions. Ask for help. Take time to learn the culture. Have grace with yourself.