Andres Mejia '14, '16G comes from a family of seven siblings, a Dominican father and powerful Puerto Rican mother out of Boston, MA. He is the first person in his family to receive his undergraduate and graduate degrees. Andres graduated from UNH class of 2014 and 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work, with minors in Women’s Studies and Race, Culture, Power, and a Master's degree in Community Development and Policy. Andres has spent the past five years working at the University of New Hampshire implementing diversity initiatives and spearheading underrepresented students support and helping leaders across campus—from student organizers to faculty and administrators—to become more culturally competent of folks marginalized within people of color and LGBTQAI+ communities and folks of various other marginalized groups.
Andres has served as the Connect Program Coordinator and an Admissions Counselor at the University of New Hampshire, where he spent his work days supporting and advising students of color, multicultural, and first-generation college students. He was also part of the Multicultural Admissions Recruitment Team and supported the admission office with creating and implementing diversity recruitment plans. Before his professional life at UNH, Andres worked as a Learning Specialist at charter school in Massachusetts.
Currently, Andres is a member on the President’s Commissions on the Status of People of Color, and the University Commission on Community, Equity & Diversity. He serves as a staff advisor for MOS:DEF (Men of Strength, Education and Family), a support group for men of color; the Black Student Union; and the Queer Trans People of color support group. He is a Social Justice Educator, and a lead facilitator for the annual MLK Leadership Summit. Andres is a NH Listens Fellow, facilitating courageous and difficult conversations across the state of New Hampshire between community members, police, politicians, farmers, students, teachers and many other constituents. He serves on the McNair Program Advisory and Study Abroad Diversity Scholarship Committee.
Andres has been inducted into the 2019 UNH Alumni Diversity Hall of Fame. He received the Mover & Shakers Award in 2014, the Pink Triangle Award in 2014 for the support and advocacy of the LGBTQIA+ community, and the MUB Community Spirit Award in 2013 & 2014.
Outside of his work schedule, Andres likes to travel, explore different restaurants, and go dancing.