Samantha Gomez, Mentor
Samantha Gomez is a Mentor for the AVID First Year Experience at Texas Tech University.
She is sophomore and first generation college student at Texas Tech University, pursuing
a Bachelor of Art's Degree in Mathematics. Samantha is currently involved in Alpha
Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma—Honor Societies at Texas Tech that encourage community
involvement and excellence in academics. She is also involved in Sigma Phi Lambda—a
Christian sorority at Texas Tech that encourages fellowship, sisterhood, community
involvement, and service among its members. Through the programs that Samantha is
involved in she has learned to balance her social, academic, and personal life which
is essential for becoming a well-rounded student. Because of these attributes Samantha
serves as a mentor to students in the AVID First Year Experience Program. Samantha
is genuinely interested in watching her mentees succeed and transition smoothly into
their second year at Texas Tech University. By fulfilling the mission of Division
of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Inclusion, she provides them with
guidance and advice, encouragement, and methods to identify resources.
Milan Robinson, Mentor
Milan Robinson serves as a Mentor for the AVID First Year Experience Program at Texas Tech University. Her responsibility in this role is to support first year student's transition into their second year at Texas Tech University. Milan has also functioned as a TAME Intern for the Lubbock Chapter, improving participation of women and minorities in STEM careers through innovative, hands-on science programming for K-12 students across Regions 16 and 17. She attended Westwood High School in Dallas, TX, and was involved in the International Baccalaureate Program. She worked as a Swim Instructor & Lifeguard for many years before choosing to work in administration. Milan is currently studying Business Upper Division, Business Administration, and a minor in Spanish at Texas Tech University. Milan has studied Mandarin in Beijing, China, and Spanish in Quito, Ecuador. Her background experiences encourages her to empower students to explore the world around them and take hold of any opportunities handed to them.
Jarah Boyce, Mentor
Jarah Boyce is a Mentor for the AVID First Year Experience Program at Texas Tech University. She works to minimize the obstacles and perplexities of the transitioning process for incoming freshmen and transfer students at Texas Tech University that are involved in the AVID First Year Experience Program. Jarah is a first generation student who is determined to break the generational cycle within her family and is working towards attaining a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a Biology Minor. She is currently a senior and plans to pursue a Master's Degree in Clinical or Counseling Psychology after she completes her undergraduate degree; her ultimate goal is to become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Jarah has a deep passion for helping animals and giving back to the community. She has aspirations of achieving her set goals and helping others around her achieve their individual goals as well. She thrives to fulfill the mission of Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion through her academic and professional pursuits.
Priscilla Flores, Mentor
Priscilla Flores is a nontraditional student who has transferred from South Plains College. She is currently working on completing a Double Bachelors of Arts in Spanish and Sociology, with a concentration in Criminology. Her ultimate goal is to become a parole/detention officer to help immigrants transition into the United States. She works with the AVID First Year Experience Program, as a Mentor for students entering into their first year at Texas Tech University. Priscilla is a wife of 26 years, mother of five, and a grandmother. She has studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain where she was exposed to a new culture that inspired her to persist in higher education attainment regardless of her age. Priscilla is involved in organizations at Texas Tech, such as Trio where she holds the position of a Chairmen as the Community Service Coordinator, Student Support Services, and First Generation Transitioning and Mentoring Programs. Her mission is to fulfill the mission of Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Inclusion by removing the stigma of being "too old "to pursue higher education, while encouraging others to reach their goals even when it seems impossible.
Adrian Hernandez, Mentor
Adrian Hernandez is a Mentor for the AVID First Year Experience Program. He is currently working on completing a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering at Texas Tech University. His ultimate goal as an engineer is to make self-sustaining buildings that are environment-friendly. As a Peer Mentor he encourages students to stretch their knowledge into a collage of mystic discoveries while maintaining their authenticity and adding to their existing knowledge. Adrian is driven to serve as a bridge to their success socially, academically and mentally. Adrian is the Community Service Officer for American Society of Civil Engineers. In this role he partners up with Habitat for Humanity, Mi Casita Retirement Home to have volunteer opportunities for Texas Tech Students. Through his pursuits he helps fulfill the mission of Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Inclusion through promoting the success and retention for members in the AVID First Year Experience Program.