Lehman College - BA in Psychology
City College - MA in Psychology
John Jay College of Criminal Justice - MPA
The Graduate Center - CRJ-POA Doctoral Student
Virginia Diaz-Mendoza is a member of the Counseling Faculty in the SEEK Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York (CUNY). SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge) is an opportunity program for high school students entering the City University of New York. Eligible students are provided financial, academic and counseling services as they complete their undergraduate degree. Many SEEK students excel academically and participate in the Honors Program, the McNair Scholars Program, the VERA Fellows Program, and the Pinkerton Fellows Program. Virginia diligently serves as the faculty advisor for the Alpha Xi and Alpha Xi Omega chapters of Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society.
Virginia Diaz-Mendoza is a licensed mental health counselor and her interests include restorative justice, educational equity, student leadership development and organizational effectiveness. She is interested in developing policies that promote educational access, mental health wellness and academic success for historically marginalized student groups. Virginia is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Criminal Justice at The Graduate Center and her research focuses on disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline and ending the mass incarceration of young men of color.