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Yenisleidy Simon Mengana

Assistant Director



Yeni is the Program Manager of Global Learning Initiatives at FIU. In this role, she leads the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs designed to increase students’ global awareness, global perspectives, and global engagement. Her experience includes working nationally and internationally in the areas of education, international development, humanitarianism, gender advocacy, and global engagement.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Smith College and a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from FIU. She is both a Salzburg Global Seminar Alumna and a Humanity in Action Fellow. She is also the founder of the Seven Sisters Latina Conference and a three-time Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) Alumna. Most recently, she joined as a Teaching Faculty member of the Global Citizenship Alliance.

Yeni’s academic interests include the examination of privilege and oppression and their role in shaping the experiences of disenfranchised groups in education. She is passionate about utilizing critical consciousness and other emancipatory pedagogical approaches as means to transform educational communities for the better. Yeni is dedicated to championing initiatives that seek to promote active global citizenship and challenge global inequality, particularly in the education field.

Her publications include “Everyday Discrimination and Chronic Health Conditions Among Latinos: the Moderating Role of Socio-Economic Position” (2013) with Dr. Kristine Molina. She has also been featured in the Smith Alumnae Quarterly twice for her commitment to women’s empowerment, “Role Models for All of Us – Latina alumnae, students, share successes, plan solutions” and “The Mentor Effect”.