Nuvia Mendoza is a 4th year student in the McNeill Academic Program. Currently, she is pursuing a double major in Political Science and Spanish. Nuvia has always loved to be involved and has been engaged in numerous opportunities. From being an Instructional Assistant for the SASC Writing Program, to being an Office Assistant for the McNeill Office, to doing an internship at the State Capitol alongside House Representative Monica Duran, she has always worked in positions that have allowed her to give back to her community. She is also a sister of Pi Lambda Chi Latina Sorority, Inc., along with being the president of the Multicultural Greek Council here at CU. Nuvia wanted to become involved because “your undergrad experience is one of a kind, so I feel like I need to make the most of it and take advantage of every opportunity I get.”
As a first-generation student, Nuvia has worked hard to get where she is now, and the McNeill Academic Program has supported her in those endeavors. As she reflects on her first year, she states “I felt the need to make myself smaller, less visible in rooms where I was often overlooked already. Being in a program like McNeill has helped me realize that I have every right to be here, just like everyone else. The academic and personal support I've received from staff and peers is unparalleled”. The program has given her the space to express and celebrate her identity without fear.
Nuvia will be graduating in May, 2020! If there are any questions about her experience, feel free to email her directly: Nuvia.Mendoza@colorado.edu