Dr. Eugenia E. Mejia, assistant dean for admissions and enrollment management, was recently honored with a Latina Fifty-Plus Trailblazer Award at a ceremony in Manhattan that was covered by NBC-TV. In addition to Dr. Mejia, who was honored for her pioneering contributions to education, five other Latinas were honored for their contributions to literature, medicine/health care, community service, law, and the arts.
The sponsoring organization, Latina Fifty-Plus, was founded in 2014 by artist, educator, and activist Maria Aponte-Gonzalez to pay tribute to Latinas over 50 years of age who are trailblazers in their respective fields.
Dr. Mejia, who is responsible for recruiting and enrolling approximately 400 DDS students annually, joined NYU Dentistry in 2005. Prior to her position at NYU Dentistry, she worked for 22 years as director of the Collegiate Science Technology Entry Program at NYU's Steinhardt School, where she spearheaded initiatives designed to increase the number of underrepresented students in science and the health professions and advocated for and mentored these students throughout their years at NYU.
"I can think of few individuals who are better role models than Eugenia, or who give as much of themselves to ensure that students have a multitude of options open to them," said Dean Bertolami. "She has increased access to higher education for members of historically underrepresented communities and has guided and mentored them with unstinting commitment. In short, Dr. Eugenia Mejia exemplifies the best of what we at NYU Dentistry try to promote. I know that everyone at the college joins me in congratulating Eugenia on this wonderful, well-deserved distinction."
Dr. Eugenia E. Mejia