Personal Growth and Counseling Center

Araceli Mejia, PhD

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Araceli Mejía graduated as a first-generation college student from UC Berkeley where she majored in American Studies with an emphasis in Education and Public Policy. While working as a Software Project Manager for a biotech company, her passion in multiculturalism and education was reinforced and fuel her motivation to return to higher education. She earned her M.S. in Counseling at UW Madison and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Arizona State University. As a graduate student she also conducted scholarly research related to well-being, multiculturalism, spirituality and predicting academic persistence among Latinx college students. Her personal and professional journey has influence her interest in: first generation college students, resilience among college students of color, LGTBQ-affirmative therapy, career development, mindfulness, multiculturalism, depression, anxiety, identity development and relationships concerns.

Her passion for serving underrepresented students is rooted from her own experience of growing up in South Central Los Angeles and being raised by immigrant parents. She is fluent in Spanish and she also embraces cultural ways of healing.