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The Peer Coach Insider

Rebel Preview Day Spring 2017 by Eduardo Martinez-Flores

By Peer Coaches on May 22, 2017 2:41 PM | Permalink

One of the biggest events the Peer Coaches and I have the opportunity to work at each semester is Rebel Preview Day. This event invites prospective undergraduate students and their families to UNLV for an overview of campus with multiple activities such as campus tours, giveaways, food and prizes at Pida Plaza. Representing the library, we table this event and provide information about the library, games that include prizes, handing out frozen otter pops, and giving tours of the library.

This semester, we began Rebel Preview Day by giving tours of the library. Personally, this was one of my favorite days to give tours because the audience is very engaged and excited to learn about the library. While half of us gave tours, the other Peer Coaches set up our tabling event at Pida Plaza. For this event, we set up three different stations: a table with pens and Ask Us cards to promote library resources, a ring toss game with prizes, and our smart cart, where we held otter pops and gave them out to anyone who passed by.

The Book Of Unknown Americans by Bibi Lopez

By Peer Coaches on May 18, 2017 10:35 AM | Permalink

Every semester the Peer Coaches and their mentors choose a book or film to discuss. This semester we read The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Hernandez. This book shares the story of a family who immigrated to The United States in hopes their daughter will gain the special education she needed. The book is unique because it provides many different points of view and stories of a fictional immigrant community in Delaware. This book specifically hit home with many Peer Coaches because many of us are immigrants or come from immigrant families. In our discussion we shared our versions of how our families immigrated to the United States and its impact on how we all grew up. One question asked was, “Which did you learn first, English or Spanish?”  With that question alone so my many different responses came. I personally learned Spanish first and had the unique experience of removing the language from my home when my youngest brother had problems learning English and Spanish, when he first started to talk. Another Peer Coach emphasized the importance of being bilingual in his family, because his parents understood the opportunities that come with speaking multiple languages.

Mentor Meetings

By Peer Coaches on May 15, 2017 10:56 AM | Permalink

Second Semester: Mentor Meeting by Priscilla Gutierrez

One of the highlights of this semester has been getting to know my mentor on a more personal level. My mentor for the Peer Coach Program is the Social Sciences Liaison Librarian, Heidi Johnson, who specializes in Sociology, Anthropology, and Political Science. From the very beginning, Heidi expressed interest in my academic performance, as well as personal goals. Going into the spring semester, she made sure to schedule monthly lunch meetings together, which I really appreciated because she really took it upon herself to ensure we had several times to meet and start building our mentor-mentee relationship.

The Peer Coaches Travel to Baltimore

By Peer Coaches on May 12, 2017 12:52 PM | Permalink

Memorable Experiences in Washington D.C.                      

Written by: Jason Meza

It is mesmerizing to visit a place consistently broadcasted on television. On a daily basis, Washington D.C is broadcast on television worldwide. Having the opportunity to visit such an important and historical city, was a true blessing and it was all due to the generosity of Flora Mason for funding such a memorable experience. Flora, thank you for the opportunity to support Katia, Kameron, and myself in attending the ACRL Conference and exploring such an important place for the United States.

Visiting D.C was personally a very reflective experience. One particular monument I felt stood out was the Lincoln Memorial. As I approached the plaza before heading up to the steps of the memorial, I could feel the grand scale of it all. The memorial stands tall, proud, and bold. There was this sort of feeling I felt of greatness.

Center for Social Justice and University Libraries partnered events

By Peer Coaches on May 1, 2017 2:43 PM | Permalink

This semester, I was fortunate enough to volunteer at our partnered events with the Center for Social justice in bringing to the university more information about the diverse environment we are lucky enough to be a part of.

The first event I worked was the Afro/Latinx night that encouraged dialogue about the struggles faced by people who identify with the intersection of an Afro/Latinx background. In attendance, I learned that the Afro/Latinx intersection includes a multitude of combinations like; Afro-American peoples of the Americas, Black Hispanic and Latino Americans, Afro-Latin Americans, and Afro Caribbean. Key speaker, Omilani Alarcon, spoke personally of her fight to feel accepted as both someone of African and Latinx descents and learning to find self-love on her “journey to self.”. Omilani was also gracious enough to show the first viewing of a documentary entitled, Latinegras® Documentary, created by Latinegras, a network of Afrolatinas that encourages women and girls to move beyond boundaries, in which Alarcon is the founder and director of, that details the hardships faced by women of the Afrolatina community.

JDRF Walk By Rebekah D'Amato

By Peer Coaches on January 18, 2017 4:47 PM | Permalink

With a break from our usual 90 degree temperatures, we started an October Saturday morning with a cool 70 degrees, a much welcome change. The peer coaches, Rosan, and mentor Brian gathered for a 5k walk to benefit JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research. Starting off our morning, we were greeted by Flora who filled us in on JDRF, its purpose, and how she got involved many years ago.

JDRF’s mission statement is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications to effectuate a world without type 1 diabetes.Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. Unpreventable with no current cure, type 1 diabetes affects both children and adults and can appear at any age. 1.25M Americans are living with T1D and an estimated 40,000 people are diagnosed each year in the United States.

Geek Week Event Recap by David Ramos

By Peer Coaches on December 9, 2016 8:56 AM | Permalink

Being one of the new peer coaches this semester has presented me various opportunities to attend events that I would have never even heard about if it wasn’t for this program. Working events like the Banned Books Buffet and the First Folio have been helpful experiences that have fortified my outreach skills. Besides the fact that they have boosted my work skills, these events have opened my eyes to new subjects and topics ranging from literature censorship to the origin of Shakespeare’s plays. Recently, however, I was lucky enough to work the Geek Week event that took place in the auditorium at the Student Union. Along with two fellow coworkers and Amanda Mellili, we were able to set up and promote the contents of the Teaching Development Resource Library.

Snacks for Surveys! by Kameron Joyner

By Peer Coaches on December 2, 2016 12:55 PM | Permalink

UNLV University Libraries conducted a university wide survey for student users asking about their experience at the Lied Library and what the library can do to enhance the space to help in their endeavors for academic success. We opened up a library instruction room to encourage students to drop-in and take the survey. We offered students a water bottle and a variety of snacks to help encourage participation and get students to take the survey. I took part in encouraging students to take the survey and provided information of what the survey was for. Additionally, I took part in troubleshooting, answering questions, and setting up the surveys for the students.

I was able to take the survey myself and the questions that were asked related to how I personally use the library and the different features that I found most important in the library. I really thought the questions that were asked were very straight-forward and it allowed students to give quick input that didn’t take up too much of their time.

Film Discussion by Eduardo Martinez-Flores

By Peer Coaches on December 1, 2016 1:49 PM | Permalink

Each semester, the Peer Coaches have a discussion with our colleagues, mentors, and supervisor on a certain book or movie, usually chosen by a mentor. This semester, on November 4th, we all participated in a film discussion of the movie “To Be Takei”, a documentary about trailblazing actor and activist George Takei. To say the least, the discussion was very insightful and moving.