North Star and UNL Cross Cultural Mentorshp Program

Lincoln North Star is fortunate to have a wonderful partnership with the University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL) Department of Anthropology. The partnership matches students from countries or recent family history outside the U.S. with UNL students for the purpose of academic support and cultural exchange. 

One of the highlights of this program is a UNL Campus Visit sponsored by Dr. Juan Franco and Dr. Mary Willis of UNL. Additional support was provided this year by Education Quest through a partnership with the Lumina Foundation to promote Career Readiness and College Culture in high schools--especially to 9th and 10th grade students. 

The campus visit included a tour of the Japanese Reading Room at the Jackie Vaughn Cultural Center and Nebraska Museum of Natural History.  The highlight of the day was a presentation by Dr. Franco---delivered in English and Spanish.  In addition, Mentor/Mentee pairs introduced each other at lunch and spoke about the benefits of the Mentoring process.

The luncheon was held in the Presidential Dining Room at Selleck-a dorm in the heart of the UNL campus. The group photo was taken in the Selleck Courtyard and was the final event of the day prior to returning to North Star.  Program leaders include: Dr. Mary Willis who teaches the class that is the foundation for the program, Susan Seacrest, LNS Counselor, Susie Brown, Parent Engagement Coordinator, and Rachel King, 9th and 10th grade Career Readiness Initiative leader.  Representing Education Quest, was Anders Peterson who provides outreach and financial services to students on behalf of Education Quest-an organization devoted to promoting College Access for all Nebraska students. 

Scroll down to see a list of students and countries they represent.

Cross Cultural Mentors

Participants in the Cross Cultural Mentor Program With UNL:

Than Da Soe
Thin Za Soe
Ah Zi Ya


Esther Mundembo
Merveille Mundembo
Murielle Mukuna
Christelle Mukuna
Adora Mukuna


Sharzad Zahrouni
Sirous Abak
Farhad Ebadi Rad

Ali Ayal
Bahadad Zahrouni
Miad  Dareael Ahwazi
Sano Dareael Ahwazi
Roshanak Sabok Rooh
Hussein Balani
Ahmed Balani

Whitney Hollingsworth

Wyatt Ngirangesil


Sananth Cueller Figuero
Antonia Jaimes Vargas
Ricardo Vidales Hernandez
Dulce Medina Jacinto
Edgar Perfecto
Daniel Perfecto
Berenice Linares
Ana Victoria Ortiz
Edwin Luis

Demetri Condratyuk


Fatima Al-Haider
Zaineb Al-Haider


Akot Kok
Treza Kuong
Zayna Kuong
Amani Santino

Nhu Vo
Thu Ngan Nguyen
Hong Nhoc Nguyen
Quynh Tran
Lien Pham