U.N. Woman

Alumna Enjoying Dream Career in NYC

“At 22, I never thought that I would be able to get a job at the UN following an internship there,” Mariana Mellado reflected.

As social media consultant for United Nations (UN) Women in New York City, Mellado ’16 is living her dream to have a job where she can serve others in need and be a voice for the voiceless. “I’ve always believed and lived by the idea that we are here on this earth to lift each other up, and not tear each other down due to our differences,” Mellado asserted. “I am grateful that I am able to serve people of every gender, socio-economic level, disability, sexual orientation, and religion.”

UN Women is the global champion for gender equality, working to create an environment in which every woman and girl can exercise their human rights and live up to their full potential. Mellado develops and implements social media campaigns to promote international days such as International Women’s Day or conferences like the Commission on the Status of Women. Some of her favorite projects include using Snapchat and Instagram to highlight the triumphs and challenges of women and girls. As she does her job, she relies on other lessons she learned from her English and psychology professors. Some are academic, like improving her writing or studying statistics, and others are interpersonal skills, such as being secure in her identity and having empathy for others.

“The psychology and English departments are filled with the most encouraging professors and mentors,” Mellado described. “Their character and how they truly live what they teach helped me decide to declare my double major. The quality time they dedicated and spent with me are the building blocks of the person I am today.”