Diana Mendez’ experiences as an immigrant, woman of color, and first-generation college student have shaped her lens as a career development and student affairs professional for 12 years. She currently works at NYU’s Wasserman Center for Career Development as Senior Assistant Director overseeing experiential education and diversity programming and recruiting functions. During her tenure at NYU, Diana has developed student employee training and evaluation strategies, managed an award winning first-generation student mentorship program, and revamped a student leadership group for undergraduate student engagement. Throughout her career, Diana has been deeply committed to enhancing students’ university experience by promoting, developing, and executing experiential education programs for diverse student populations (undergrad, grad, domestic, and international). Her past experience in higher education also includes academic advising, alumni relations, and college access programs. Diana received an MA in Mental Health Counseling from the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development and a BSW from Rutgers University. An avid traveler and volunteer, she has served as a staff advisor for student-centered international programs, overseeing student cohorts in Italy and the Dominican Republic. Aside from serving as MNYCCPOA’s President, Diana also serve as NASPA’s Latinx/a/o Knowledge Community Region II Programming Coordinator. She has presented on the regional and national arenas on student employment topics, such as leadership development for student employees, and combating implicit bias in the student employment hiring process. In her spare time, Diana enjoys traveling, community service, Broadway, and planning events. You can connect to Diana on LinkedIn.