New USU coordinator dives into Native Week

Utah State University’s Access and Diversity Center has named a new Latino and Native American student program coordinator: Mario Pereyra. Michelle Bogdan, director of the Access and Diversity Center, said Pereyra is excited to help multicultural students with their college experience. “One of the things that we’re really excited about that Mario brings to the table is his work with multicultural students. He brings a lot of excitement and a lot of enthusiasm,” Bogdan said. Pereyra graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in human development and has three years of experience working in BYU’s multicultural student office. Growing up in Houston with a mother from Mexico and a father from Argentina, Pereyra believes he can offer outside understanding for multicultural students. “A lot of the things they’ve gone through, I went through as well,” he said. “I’m not the typical person here from Utah, so I think I have a different perspective that might be a little refreshing to some students, that might resemble a little bit more of the perspective that they had growing up in their homes with their different cultural identities.” Pereyra moved to Cache Valley a little more than two weeks ago to take the job, which he said had been vacant for some time since the last Latino and Native American student program coordinator left.

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