Pablo Bueno Mendoza has been selected to serve as assistant to the president for Social Equity. In his role, Mendoza will provide the strategic vision and leadership for the design and implementation of plans, policies and services to enhance the campus climate for diversity, equity and inclusiveness.
“Dr. Mendoza brings a broad base of experience in advancing diversity at a number of universities, along with significant administrative and leadership successes,” President Driscoll said. “He also has an impressive record of advancing student achievement and advising students and student groups. I am very pleased to welcome him to the executive team.”
As director of the Office of Social Equity, he also will serve as an advocate and catalyst for enhancing diversity and inclusiveness at IUP.
“I look forward to joining the IUP community and assisting with the development of an inclusive community that supports individuals and groups to develop strong cross-cultural interaction,” Mendoza said. “I was impressed by those who interviewed me with their commitment to making IUP a very diverse and supportive environment for all.”
Mendoza, who is currently the director of the multicultural center at the University of Missouri, Columbia, will begin his IUP position on August 1.
In his position at the University of Missouri, Columbia, he manages educational, fiscal and administrative functions for multicultural programs of the multicultural center; the resource center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations; and Experiential Education. He also advised multicultural and LGBT student groups and provided multicultural education to other student groups.
He previously served as coordinator of student activities at the University of California at San Diego and Eleanor Roosevelt College, where he also was acting assistant dean. He was the community development coordinator in the residential life office of the University of California at Davis, where he directed and supervised the mission of two specialty living and learning units. He was a resident director and a programming graduate assistant at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
He received his Ph.D. in educational leadership policy at the University of Missouri, Columbia; his master’s degree in East Asian and Pacific studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and his bachelor’s degree in non-western history from the University of San Diego.
He has been honored with many awards for advising, outstanding leadership and mentoring students and has developed and presented a number of educational programs about diversity, teaching to diverse groups and issues related to American Indian student perceptions. Mendoza also has planned and implemented several conferences and programs related to minority student success.