McNair Program Staff

Jeannine Slater Jeannine Slater, Director

Jeannine Slater is a first generation, low-income student and an alumni of San Jose State University where she completed her Bachelor's in the Social Sciences and her Master's in Education. She worked with the ASPIRE Program and then moved to the McNair Program after the grant was awarded in 1996. In 1999, Jeannine was contracted by the Alum Rock School District to work with district representatives and local community organizations to design, coordinate and facilitate the National Children Health Initiative Program for the twenty-five schools in the district. She developed and implemented a school based outreach that became both a state and national model for the Department of Health and the Department of Education. After being awarded the Consumers' Union Award for Outstanding Service in Children's Health and a Recognition Award for Work with the Children's Health Initiative from President Clinton she toured California's school districts helping them set up a similar model. She then joined the team at National Hispanic University as their Director of Enrollment and Undergraduate Services. While there, she implemented a new Student Academic Assistance Center through a Title V Grant, Directed the Upward Bound Program, and taught classes for Teacher Education and the Summer Bridge Program. However, her love has always been TRiO Programs and SJSU, so she returned four years ago to be director for ASPIRE/McNair. Ms Slater also has served on planning committee of the Northern California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education for 16 years the last six as chair.


Nisha Gurbuxani Nisha Gurbuxani, Research Coordinator

Nisha Gurbuxani is a first generation Sindhi American, born and raised in San Francisco. She graduated with a BA in Sociology with an Education minor from UC Berkeley in 2004. The following year she received a Master's in Human Development and Psychology from The Harvard Graduate School of Education and worked as an ESL Instructor. She recently completed her PPS credential through the Counseling Education program at SJSU and enjoyed working with Professors who valued education and community growth. For the past five years she has enjoyed spending time with McNair Scholars and loves guiding them on their research and graduate school journey. She wants to educate all students about the benefits of graduate school, and is open to talking to any student who need advice on the matter. In addition, everyday she looks forward to working with the McNair and Aspire Staff because they are so passionate about helping students. Her research interests are in higher education and diversity, gender and South Asian culture, and social psychology. She likes spending time with family and friends and hobbies include eating healthy snacks, feeding others, playing basketball, and traveling. In the future she hopes to become Professor in Sociology or Education at San Francisco State University.


Angelica O. TranAngelica O. Tran, Administrative Coordinator

Angelica started with the ASPIRE Program as a participant during her undergraduate career in 2001. Once completing her B.S. in Criminal Justice in 2003, she took on the role of Administrative Coordinator for both the ASPIRE and McNair Scholars Programs. Since then, she started her graduate work in the Counselor Education Program and began her role as an ASPIRE Advisor.

In the summer of 2006 and summer of 2007 Angelica participated in a Service Learning Project led by one of her professors, taking her to Zambia, Africa. There she worked with university students from UNZA to serve the needs of the surrounding communities with a special focus on street children. Besides Africa, Angelica has also traveled to Egypt and London and hopes to add more destinations to her traveling endeavors. Although Angelica really enjoys working with her students and being part of their academic journey, she also enjoys spending time with friends and family, enjoying numerous outdoor activities.