International Student Advisor and ICEP Leader/DSO/ARO ISSS – MMC
Jhonery Mendoza was born in Venezuela and grew up in Miami, Florida. She is currently pursuing a PhD program in Teaching and Learning with a track on Curriculum, Culture and Social Studies. She holds a M.S. degree in International and Intercultural Education and a B.S. degree in Hospitality Management from Florida International University. Her passion for International Education emerged during her undergraduate career when Jhonery participated in two short-term study abroad programs that fueled her interest into this field. She has traveled throughout North America, South America and Europe, and she enjoys cultural diversity, cross-cultural experiences and interacting with people from diverse backgrounds. Jhonery also has a strong passion for service. Her volunteer work has fulfilled her as an individual, but most importantly, she has learned to appreciate the little things in life since many families suffer due to lack of resources.
In her current role at ISSS, she advises international students on immigration, social and cultural concerns, so they can succeed while pursuing their degree at FIU. During Fall 2018, Jhonery founded the International Community Engagement Project (ICEP) at ISSS, program that she has been leading and managing. ICEP’s mission is to provide FIU students with the opportunity of becoming active global citizens by developing global awareness, global perspectives and the chance to make the world a better place through civic engagement. She considers ICEP one of her biggest accomplishments within her current role because it provided her with the opportunity to put in practice her passion for service and collaborate with other departments across campus and nonprofit organization to brainstorm on the idea of integrating students within the community. Grateful for the numerous opportunities that she has had, Jhonery’s main goal is to continue contributing to the field of international education and promoting the idea of global engagement through the lenses of volunteer work.