Patrick Naranjo serves as a mentor and example of leadership for current and prospective Native American students in Southern Nevada at UNLV. This leadership is demonstrated within his official capacity as designated mentor, and adviser to various Native American youth groups in Clark County and UNLV.
Many students enter a university setting with tremendous trepidation about whether they belong, doubts about their chances of success, and a conspicuous lack of knowledge about the college experience.
Patrick Naranjo serves as a mentor for students at UNLV and utilizes his Native American perspective and academic background to provide guidance that can reinforce both the cultural and academic achievements of students at UNLV.
Mr. Naranjo’s goal is to help the University develop cultural and social capacity for teaching Native American and other underrepresented minority students methods to adapt in culturally responsive ways and ultimately succeed in higher education.
Patrick is a member of Santa Clara Pueblo, an expert in Native American cultural property protection, and Resource Coordinator for The Intersection. He earned his B.A. from Haskell Indian Nations University and his M.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.