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Jeanine Bias Nelson,

Director, Title IX Coordinator

Email: jbias@shsu.edu

Phone: 936-294-3026

John W. Thomason Bldg. 302

Campus Box 2542

Jeanine Bias Nelson has spent her entire professional career in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs. Currently, she is the Director of the Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion/ Title IX Coordinator at Sam Houston State University. She serves as a resource for advisement and consultation on issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Her responsibilities include providing leadership to investigations into allegations of discrimination, harassment, and other civil rights violations as well as develop and facilitate university wide training programs and activities related to Title IX, Title VII, and other Equal Employment Opportunities/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) laws and regulations.

Jeanine’s passion for social justice, civic engagement, and student development has motivated her throughout her career spanning 18 years. She has a wide range of experience and expertise in multiple areas of higher education including admissions, recruitment, leadership development, advising/mentoring, event coordination, diversity, compliance and policy development/implementation.

Originally from San Antonio, TX, Mrs. Bias Nelson is a proud alumnus of Sam Houston State University and Texas Southern University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration degree respectively. She is a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP), Certified Diversity Trainer (CPT) and has Title IX Coordinator and Investigator Certifications from the Association of Title IX Administrators.

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Natalie N. Isaac, Associate Director, & Title IX Deputy Coordinator

Email: nisaac@shsu.edu

Phone: 936-294-3745

John W. Thomason Bldg. 302

Campus Box 2542

Natalie Isaac is a life-long resident of Huntsville, Texas and a Sam Houston State University Alumni.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice through an accelerated online program in 2011 from Ashworth College in Norcross, Georgia.  She obtained her Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management from Sam Houston State University in 2017.  Natalie began a career in Corrections with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) where she served for 17 years in various positions to include: Offender Supervision, Employee Supervision, Offender Disciplinary, and the Human Resources - Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Division. In her latter role as a Program Supervisor for Offender Disciplinary, she was responsible for the management, supervision, and oversight of the offender disciplinary process for all TDCJ facilities, before transitioning to the Department of Family and Protective Services in 2017, where she served in the Child Protective Services Division.

Natalie began in the department as the Title IX Intake Coordinator for the Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion and now serves as the Associate Director\Title IX Deputy Coordinator where she will utilize her education and experience to further the goals of SHSU and to positively impact the well-being of students and employees.

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Nu'Nicka Epps, Assistant Director, Inclusion Initiatives & Assessment

Email: nepps@shsu.edu

Phone: 936-294-2680

John W. Thomason Bldg. 302

Campus Box 2542

NuNicka Epps is a native of Houston, who returned to the great state of Texas after residing in Atlanta, Georgia for 13 years.

NuNicka, affectionately known as "Nu" is a proud SHSU alum who has been a student affairs administrator for 10+ years.  Throughout her professional career, Nu has been responsible for student engagement, student government, campus programming, signature/traditional events, concerts, multicultural performances, lectures, leadership development training, and administrative policy development and implementation in a variety of mid management positions. In 2016, Nu joined the SHSU Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion | Title IX after previous employment at the prestigious Spelman College as a Student Activities Program Coordinator and the former Assistant Director for Student Involvement at Georgia's third largest institution Kennesaw State University.

NuNicka currently serves as the Assistant Director for Inclusion Initiatives & Assessment and thoroughly enjoys creating and implementing programs and educational trainings that support the university's mission to create an SHSU experience that is enjoyable and equitable for all.

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Pamela Martin, Administrative Associate II 

Email: pdm012@shsu.edu 

Phone: 936-294-3328

John W. Thomason Bldg. 302

Campus Box 2542

Pamela Martin is a native Texan who was raised in Colorado most of her life. She enjoys exploring the backroads in the Mountains while camping wherever she can go. “She came back to Texas as soon as she could.”  While working 10 plus years at Regis University, Denver, CO. she acquired a degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Religious Studies.  Her passion for serving students in Higher Education lead her to seek employment at Sam Houston State University.  She comes to Equity and Inclusion with 30 years of administrative support experience, and a commitment to serve our students.

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Ruben Garcia, Graduate Assistant 

Email: rag026@shsu.edu 

Phone: 936-294-3080

John W. Thomason Bldg. 302

Campus Box 2542

Ruben Garcia, Graduate Assistant for Institutional Diversity & Inclusion and Title IX, is initially from Houston, Texas. He received his bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems and currently is working on obtaining his master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Sam Houston State University. Ruben enjoys helping out students whenever he can and being active in the community. During his off time, Ruben loves to play video games, watch shows, and hang out with his friends.

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Joana Vaca, Student Operations Asst.

Email: jxv087@shsu.edu 

Phone: 936-294-3080

John W. Thomason Bldg. 302

Campus Box 2542

Joana Vaca was born in Stockton, California, but moved and lived in Pharr, Texas since the age of 5. She had the privilege of attending an early college high school and graduated with her associate degree in Criminal Justice in 2018. Joana is currently a double major in Criminal Justice and Spanish. She plans to get her master’s in Behavioral Psychology and work her way up to join the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

Since the age of six, Joana has traveled each summer to the state of Michigan as a migrant farmworker. She started working alongside her parents at the age of 14.

Joana recently had the opportunity to participate in a study abroad program to Costa Rica. Partaking in the program, she was able to learn more about intercultural communication and enhance her interpersonal skills.

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Karla Guzman, Communications Asst.

Email: kxg051@shsu.edu 

Phone: 936-294-3080

John W. Thomason Bldg. 302

Campus Box 2542

Karla Guzman is a proud Hispanic first-generation college student originally from South Texas. She’s from a small town named La Joya located in the Rio Grande Valley. Karla is currently a senior at Sam Houston State University where she majors in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. Additionally, she is an active member in various student organizations including: the Elliot T. Bowers Honors College, National Organization of Hispanics in Criminal Justice, League of United Latin American Citizens, and Psi Chi.

It was the recognized criminal justice program as well as the inclusively diverse environment that prompted her to choose Sam Houston State University. Karla began as an Undergraduate Student Assistant in the Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion/Title IX in September 2019. Her primary function role lies with the Communications sector of the department. After graduation in the Spring of 2020, she hopes to continue her education by pursuing a masters degree in Clinical Psychology or Clinical Mental Health Counseling. During this time, Karla strives to obtain practical experience through internships or as a TDCJ correctional officer in the mental health unit.

Her professional goals include becoming a Licensed Psychological Associate and exercise her skills as a clinical practitioner for mentally ill individuals within the criminal justice system, especially juveniles. Karla also plans on serving some time as a detective or criminal investigator, and eventually becoming an FBI Agent. Overall, she is grateful to attend a school that has provided her with many connections, opportunities, and learning experiences.

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Arelly Cisneros,  Data & Budget Management Asst.

Email: kxg051@shsu.edu 

Phone: 936-294-3080

John W. Thomason Bldg. 302

Campus Box 2542

Arelly Cisneros is currently a freshman at Sam Houston State University. She is from Houston, Texas and someday soon will be the first in her family to graduate from college. Arelly is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. Her goal is to one day obtain a Doctorate degree in Psychology. Arelly's ideal job is to work with children in the foster care system.