About

Mission

Student Diversity & Social Justice advocates with a diverse student population to amplify and affirm student’s identities through an intersectional framework to promote student success. We are a student-centered office committed to educating, empowering, and developing UNLV students as leaders to recognize and address societal injustices.

Vision

Student Diversity & Social Justice (SDSJ) will provide transformative experiences to create a campus free of oppression and trauma through intentional engagement.

Staff

Zainub Cementwala

APIME & International Program Coordinator

Zainub Cementwala
Zainub Cementwala (she/her/hers) currently serves as the APIME & International Program Coordinator in the office of Student Diversity & Social Justice. She holds an M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from New York University, and a B.A. in English with an Education minor from the University of California, Berkeley. A child of Indian Muslim immigrants, Zainub speaks Gujarati and...

Romeo Jackson

LGBTQ and Gender Program Coordinator

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Romeo Jackson (they/them/theirs) currently serves as the LGBTQ & Gender Program Coordinator. Hailing from the southside of Chicago and the grandchild of Gracie Lee Fowler, Romeo Jackson is a 1st generation, Queer, Non-Binary Femme, and a Black descended of the estimated 11 million Africans who were kidnapped and sold into enslavement. They are a feminist dedicated to intersectional justice...

Ericka Munoz

Office Manager
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Alex Romero

Latinx Program Coordinator

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Alex Romero is responsible for supporting UNLV's LatinX students and organizations through programs and resources. Specific programs that he is responsible for include, but not limited to, LatinX History Month Planning Committee, Dia De Lxs Muertxs, Men of Color Initiatives, Cultural Leadership Retreat, LatinX Activism Week, and the LatinX Student Alliance. Along with programs, Alex has a team of...

Kayla Tanaid

Native American Program Coordinator

Kayla Tanaid
Kayla Tanaid (she/her/hers) currently serves as the Native American Program Coordinator. As the Native American Program Coordinator, she serves UNLV’s Native American and Indigenous student communities and is responsible for creating programs, facilitating student workshops, and providing resources with the goal of affirming, educating, and empowering students. Kayla is also responsible for...

Melissa Taylor

Publicity and Graphic Design Coordinator

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Pronouns She/Her/Hers Places I Have Called Home Abilene, Texas Favorite Quote "1v1 me" -Attributed to the Talmud What I Wanted to be When I Grew Up Comic artist Hobbies/Interests Playing Overwatch, illustrations and comics, watching anime, and cooking

Mary Whitehead, Ph.D.

Director

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Mary Whitehead (she/her/hers) currently serves as the Director in the office of Student Diversity & Social Justice. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, M.Ed. in Higher Education and Administration from Loyola University Chicago, and a B.A. in Communication with a Human Resource Development minor from Northeastern Illinois University. Reigning from the Windy City...

Kevin Wright

Black/African American Program Coordinator and Interim Assistant Director

Kevin Wright
Kevin L. Wright (he/him/his) currently serves as the inaugural Black/African American Program Coordinator in the Office of Student Diversity and Social Justice. Kevin is responsible for educating and celebrating various aspects within the African Diaspora, creating programs and initiatives to build community among students within the African Diaspora, and creating and maintaining equitable and...