When I started Dunce, I had an extremely high vision.
Of course, I saw it as a way to help local students through the college admissions process and find the perfect college for them (it’s current state). But…
In the back of my mind, my bigger vision for Dunce was a platform where we could completely shift the paradigm around education, not only in this country, but around the world.
Not in my wildest imaginings did I think we’d grow this much, this fast.
They say be careful what you wish for because you just might get it. Well, it’s happening. We’re starting to seep into the culture and make a ruckus in the education world, not only locally, but nationally and internationally.
In order to keep providing you incredible service while kicking this higher mission into overdrive, we’ve been needing a couple things…
- To graduate from the Reno Collective into a bigger space.
- To add a couple incredible people to the team.
I’m ecstatic to say that both of these things are happening!
Today, we move into our new space just across the street from the Reno Collective at 108 Roff Way, Suite 200B.
We have a private Dunce office and a large front room (I’m not sure about you, but exposed brick warms my soul) with a big table (pictured above) where students can hang out, study, do homework, and even exchange ideas of world domination (hopefully more of that than homework).
This is why we’ve changed our name from Dunce College Planning to Dunce Labs. I want this to be a place of creative exploration. A creative space where students meet like-minded others on the same journey they’re on. A safe haven where students feel like they can be themselves and plan their very own future.
I can’t wait to share it with you. More on the grand opening coming soon:)
Next, I’d gladly like to introduce our two new team members:
Marketing and outreach assistant
Hi, my name is Tony Castaneda and I am a small town boy from Smith Valley, Nevada. I guess you can say I’m goofy. Some have gone so far as to call me weird. All I know is I’m anything but normal. Looks like I’ll fit in great around here.
I have my bachelors in Journalism (Integrated Marketing Communications) and Spanish. My interests consist of traveling, fitness, meeting new people, and creating funny snapchats.
As far as my accolades go…
I’ve been part of 2 national advertising competitions, finishing second in the western region of the NSAC (national student advertising competition) put on by AAF (American Advertising Federation).
I look forward to meeting you!
Education programs assistant
Ok, here’s some fun facts about me in bullet form (because that’s how I roll):
- I’m an avid baker, activist, and, as you’ll soon see, Anthropology nerd.
- I’ve been working with non profits in the Truckee Meadows community since 2006 and am dedicated to seeing Reno thrive.
- I have a BA in Anthropology and in Women’s Studies.
- I’m currently working on my MA in Anthropology with a certificate in gender, race, and identity.
- I organized and hosted an event when I worked with Holland Project called Trailblazers. It was an open forum on women’s experience in the Reno community that covered inspirational women pioneers. It covered how women in Reno are pioneers in their own right. (As a result of the event a girl’s music lesson camp was started.)
That’s pretty much the skinny on me. I look forward to meeting you and being part of the team here at Dunce!
Aren’t they great? I’m thrilled as can be to have them on Team Dunce.
So there you have it. Big things happening in the Dunce world. It wouldn’t be worth the ride without you.