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CEHHS Dean's Award

E. Mendez
Edith Méndez, B.A. Human Development
Dean’s Award, College of Education, Health and Human Services


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.

Edith was one of six outstanding graduates honored by President Haynes in 2017 at a special awards dinner.