Edwin Villatoro, Senator for School of Education
Senator for School of Education
4th-8th Social Studies & ESL, Junior
A native Salvadorioan, Edwin is excited to embark on his jounrey as an Education major here at UNT Dallas. His dream is to teach and empower the younger generations on the Spanish language. As a senator, Edwin hopes to be a voice for the student body and the School of Education. When not busy with school, Edwin devotes his time to raising his son, who will one day follow in his footsteps of serving his community. Edwin is grateful for the guidance his parents have provided through his educational endeavors. As a former ESL student, Edwin consider himself a strong supporter of those beginning their journey in their English acquisition. When not in our school colors, you will be sure to find Edwin wearing his Blue & White for El Salvador’s national soccer team, -La Selecta Cuscatleca!
Cindy Beltran, Senator for School of Liberal Arts & Sciences & Speaker of the Senate
Political Science, Junior
I am a 1st generation college student and I've put myself through school since graduating high school. It isn’t easy to both work full time and go to school full time, but I've had to manage and make it work. The previous year was tough trying to balance it all, but I am excited to have more time to dedicate to school this semester. I aspire to attend law school when I graduate because I would like to become an immigration lawyer and eventually move into politics in order to effect positive change. In the last few years joining student organizations wasn’t possible for me due to my job, but in high school I served as chapter president for the student organization DECA for 2 years and represented my school’s business pathway and club on the student leadership team for the school district.
Festus Oyinwola, School of Liberal Arts & Sciences
My name is Festus Oyinwola. I was born and raised in Nigeria. I moved to the United States with my mom and sister in 2017. I graduated from Emmett J Conrad High School in 2018. I applied to Richland College, now Richland campus of Dallas College. I am a junior and a biology major. When I obtain my bachelor's degree, I hope to apply to a medical school where I would study family medicine . In addition, I was a member of the Richland Honors Program. I became a PTK member in 2019. In the Honors Program, I was the vice president of outreach and events for Honors Ambassadors.
Luis Mata, Senator for Student Body
General Business, Sophomore
Luis is currently the Student Body Senator at UNT Dallas. He was born and raised in Dallas, Texas more specifically in Oak Cliff. He was a Class of 2019 high school graduate and a proud product of Dallas ISD schools. During high school, he was a volunteer at Beckley-Saner Recreation Center, an active member of the National Junior Forensic League and Future Leaders Program, and interned with the Dallas Park and Recreation Department with the 2018 Dallas Mayor's Intern Fellows Program. He joined SGA (Spring 2020) with a passion to serve the freshman students on campus in order to solve and address any problems, comments, questions, or concerns they may have. He strongly believes in making changes and creating policies to better serve the entire student population and the campus population in general and by keeping the promises he makes to people. He was born and raised in the Oak Cliff portion of the great city of Dallas, Texas. He is currently a full-time student attending UNT Dallas majoring in General Business hoping to leave a legacy on campus by being actively involved in student organizations before graduating in spring 2023. His plans for the future are to graduate college, open and operate a successful business within the city limits of Dallas, Texas, and most importantly give back to his local community because “For of those To whom much is given, much is required”-John F. Kennedy. His ultimate goal in life is to start a foundation which supports children with physical and mental disabilities in his local city and throughout the world by providing them with resources and support for them to be able to achieve their goals in life.
Marisol Lucio-Vasquez, Senator for Graduate Student Body
In 2019, Marisol obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from UNT Dallas. Currently, she is a graduate student within the school of Human Services on a path to obtain a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC). Her studies are focused toward becoming a licensed professional counselor, and to work with children/adolescents as well as with underserved communities. Additionally, one of her goals is to help break the stigma within certain populations regarding mental health by bringing awareness to the topic and finding resources for those who need help.
As the senator for the graduate student body, Marisol serves as liaison between graduate students and our school administration. She hopes not only to voice student’s concerns, but work with students and administrators to come up with ways to help ease the toll that the graduate journey takes on students.
During her free time, Marisol devotes time to visit her family. Moreover, she adores spending time with her boyfriend eating out, talking walks, exercising, or watching their favorite shows (e.g. Star Trek: Discovery!)
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Louie Scott, Jr., Senator of General Student Body
Louie Scott, Jr. is a first-year grad student, holding a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Tech University, and he is excited to begin his journey to earn his MBA in Strategic Management. By trade, he is a full-time Event Coordinator with the City of Dallas and has worked several years as a hotel General Manager with Marriott International, Inc., prior to joining the City. Louie has a passion for humanitarianism and dedicates his time and talent to the City of Dallas Employee Advisory Council, Back to School, Inc., Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, AIDS Walk South Dallas, Inc. and the North Texas Food Bank. Louie’s prior experiences make him a stellar asset to the UNT Dallas SGA and he brings a commitment to serve as the voice of equity and inclusion for the student body, the faculty & staff and the community we serve.
Bryan Zavala, Senator for School of Business
Bryan Zavala started his UNT Dallas advanced education in Fall 2019. Bryan has encountered many difficult challenges and tasks assigned to him inside and outside the classroom. In Spring 2020, Bryan got recommend working at the Learning Commons, where he assists the many bright students in seeking a better understanding of difficult material. The following year of 2020, in the fall, Bryan has worked alongside the talented mind the Learning Commons has to offer. At the start of Spring 2021, Bryan wanted to contribute more to his university and sought out the Student Government Association in the hopes of achieving two primary goals. First, to ensure the School of Business has an opinion regarding university concerns and encourage more students in the School of Business to participate in the SGA for a better UNT Dallas community.
LaSha' Bonner-Fincher, Senator for Graduate Student Body
LaSha’ is in her final semester of the Public Leadership MSPL program, often referred to as an MBA with a heart. Her goals are to make documentaries that are catalysts for social change and to produce experiential marketing programs promoting HIV testing and prevention to teens and young adults on high school and college campuses.
As an SGA graduate student senator, LaSha’ would like to act as a voice for fellow graduate students by bringing their concerns to the forefront of UNT Dallas graduate administrators.