Women of Excellence highlighted for first-ever Status of Women event

On March 11, 2015, the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) will host its first-ever Status of Women event, featuring Vice Chancellor Catherine Cortez Masto as the keynote speaker.

The Office of Community Engagement and Diversity Initiatives (CEDI) at NSC is collaborating with representatives from other NSHE institutions to plan the event, which will be held at UNLV from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. This event is free and open to all faculty, staff, students and the public. According to CEDI staff, the purpose of the event is to shine a light on issues faced by women in higher education.

Several NSC students and faculty members will be recognized at the event as Women of Excellence. The students who will be recognized are: Linda Cirillo, Paige Hall, Astrid Silva and Moee Turbin. The faculty Women of Excellence are: Dr. Laura Naumann, LaTricia Perry and Dr. Amanda VandeHei.

Linda Cirillo is a 53-year-old nursing student and member of several school and community organizations. She is the president of the Student Nurses Association at NSC, a Senior Senator in the Nevada State Student Alliance (NSSA), a student liaison for the Nevada Nurses Association and a School of Nursing student representative for NSC s Curriculum and Faculty committee. After graduating from NSC, Cirillo plans to obtain a master s degree in Nursing Education and Health Administration and a doctorate in Nursing.

Paige Hall is a 23-year-old English major, Communication minor. She graduated with Honors from the College of Southern Nevada (CSN), earning an Associate s degree in English, and plans to graduate with Honors from NSC before attending Boyd School of Law at UNLV in the Fall of 2016. Hall is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, a Junior Senator in NSSA and a Contributing Writer for The Scorpion's Tale. She attended high school in Mammoth Lakes, California, and is a first-generation college student.

Astrid Silva is a 26-year-old History major with an emphasis in Pre-Law. The recent recipient of NSC s first-ever NSSA Humanitarian Award, Silva is a passionate advocate for immigration reform and other social justice issues. She is an organizer for the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada and a recipient of the American Immigration Council s Immigrant Youth Achievement Award. Silva is also the co-founder of DREAM Big Vegas, a student organization that strives to educate the community about issues surrounding undocumented students, particularly in higher ed.

Moee Turbin is a 19-year-old Elementary Education major, with a Concentration in Special Education. She is part of the first cohort of NSC s Nepantla program, and is the program s Office Ambassador, working in the Nepantla office in the Liberal Arts and Sciences building. Turbin is on the Dean s list, and is an active participant in NSC s mentoring program with Nevadans for the Common Good. After graduating from NSC, she plans to earn a master s degree and possibly a doctorate. Turbin is also a first-generation college student.

Dr. Laura Naumann is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She received a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley in 2009. Her current research areas include: personality expression, first impressions, racial/ethnic identity development and acculturation processes. She joined the NSC team when she came to the Las Vegas area in 2013.

LaTricia Perry is a full-time faculty member in the School of Nursing. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Life Science from Kansas State University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Clarkson College and a Master of Science in Nursing Healthcare Education from the University of Phoenix. Perry moved to Las Vegas from Livermore, CA in the summer of 2003.

Dr. Amanda VanDehei is an Assistant Professor of Literacy in the School of Education. She earned a master s degree in Teaching Reading, Writing and Second Language Acquisition from Lesley University and her doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction from UNLV. She is originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin, and has been in Nevada for eleven years.

CEDI staff member Amey Esparza says she is glad the college is taking this opportunity to spotlight NSC s phenomenal women. NSC recognizes the value that these and other exceptional women contribute to our classrooms and our community, she said. I love contributing to initiatives such as the first-ever Status of Women event, where we can highlight their achievements and shine a light at the opportunities within higher ed for all women in the state of Nevada.

To RSVP for the NSHE Status of Women event, please visit http://law.unlv.edu/