Kristine Jan Cruz Espinoza is a first-generation student pursuing a doctoral degree in higher education and a member of the Minority-Serving Institution Student Council (MSISC). Espinoza, who is also completing a graduate certificate in program evaluation and assessment, leads the university’s “Count Us In” effort to disaggregate student data, or break it down into smaller subgroups of race and ethnicity to better understand student performance.
She also is the lead author with Associate Vice President of Student Life Renee Watson of “In the Hands of Students: The Charge of a Minority-Serving Institution Student Council at a Dual-Designated Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution and Hispanic-Serving Institution” published in the AAPI Nexus journal special issue titled, “Models of Change: AANAPISIs in Action.” The piece focuses on the MSI Student Council and how its initiatives promote success for minoritized students. It describes the creation of the council, highlights activities and initiatives from its first year, and offers as model for other institu
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