Dean’s Award, College of Education, Health and Human Services

Edith Méndez, B.A. Human Development

Edith Mendez_Dean.

A first-generation college student whose parents immigrated to the United States from Mexico, Edith wants to pursue a career that will allow her to provide guidance to underprivileged college students.

Edith said CSUSM’s Human Development program allowed her to have a well-rounded understanding of how individuals develop throughout their life and how that knowledge can be applied in a human-service setting.

Among Edith’s notable accomplishments was a trip to Australia in January for a study-abroad program in which she helped create hand-made toys for Syrian refugee children. Her work on behalf of Syrian refugees also included participation in a mural painting project.

Edith also worked as a student assistant in CSUSM’s Office of Internships and Community Engagement where she quickly moved up and received more responsibility.

Edith will begin a Higher Education Leadership master’s program at the University of San Diego this fall and aims to eventually become an academic adviser and organize student programs.

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