Jose L. Meléndrez, MSW

Executive Director | UNLV School of Public Health Office of Community Partnership

Bio: Jose currently serves as the Executive Director for the Office of Community Partnerships in the School of Public Health at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). He is responsible for coordinating and building partnerships that support students and faculty initiatives including working with community-based organizations and public health agencies to support internships, research and educational programming. Jose currently serves as the Chair of the Nevada Minority Health and Equity Coalition, board member to the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange – reappointed by Governor Steve Sisolak in 2020, board of directors to the Southern Nevada Health District Community Health Center (FQHC), and Director with the Latin Chamber of Commerce, member of the Hope Means Nevada initiative.

Jose serves as the liaison for the UNLV School of Public Health to the Nevada System of Higher Education Title V- Hispanic Serving Institute Task-force. Jose currently co-chairs the UNLV Minority Serving Institution task force that includes MSI-Title III Asian American, Native American, Pacific Islander Serving Institutions and Title V- Hispanic Serving Institution initiatives.

Jose serves as a Agency Field Instructor for the School of Social Work and is an instructor in the School of Public Health. Jose has experience in diversity, equity, and multicultural programming, community organizing, utilization of community based participatory research, and experience in social justice education and advocacy as it pertains to diverse and equity initiatives and populations.

Jose received his Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor where he studied Community Organizing with a focus on Communities and Social Systems and completed his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

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