Nicole Stella
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Nicole Stella

Director, GEAR UP ASPIRE Scholars Program

Undergraduate Education


Nicole has worked at UNLV for over six years, starting in academic advising with the Academic Success Center. After completing her Bachelor’s (Spanish) and Master’s (Educational Leadership) degrees at the University of Nevada, Reno, Nicole worked in residence life at the University of Northern Colorado, and the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has experience working with diverse populations of high-achieving students to support their academic and personal success, particularly in their first year of college. Her academic interests include educational policy and academic underpreparation. Nicole is currently a doctoral student (Higher Education) at UNLV. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys reading, baking, going to concerts, and traveling.

Advising Philosophy Statement

Academic advising should be a process of exploration and discovery, where the student is challenged to examine their own needs and values in the context of their education and future goals. My role is to facilitate their learning and to be a primary support for the student's experience. As an advisor, I want students to develop strong ties to the UNLV community and I hope to provide them with the resources and educational framework to succeed.