Maritza is Associate Director of Orientation Programs at UCSB. She is an alum of our Katherine Harvey Fellows program, and she served on the planning committee for our 2018 Possibility Lab. Maritza was raised in Laguna Hills, California. After graduating with a degree in global studies from UCSB, Mejia-Wilson went on to earn her master’s degree in public administration at California State University- Northridge. Her dedication to community service drew her to serve as the outreach manager at the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, where she developed new programs and strategies implemented throughout Santa Barbara County.
At UCSB, she works as the assistant director of UCSB’s Orientation Programs and Parent Services, supervising and guiding the Orientation team who serve over 5,000 students and 2,500 Gaucho family members every year. She also helps develop bilingual presentations and resource materials for incoming families, and trains staff members about cross-cultural communication, health, safety and diversity.
Maritza was one of the founders and board leaders of Adsum Education Foundation, which changed Santa Barbara County from having almost no sources of financial support for college for AB540 students (“Dreamers”) to a region with very substantial resources available to invest in these promising young students. In 2012, Maritza and the Adsum Education Foundation team were honored as Local Heroes by the Santa Barbara Independent.