Heritage is lasting. Meet Mr. Vinnie Merida, the new Director of Undergraduate studies at the School of Business. Mr. Merida is from Miami, Florida and his grandparents are from Guatemala. Although he is not first generation, he shared, his influences relate with the lifestyle of most individuals who are. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
His multicultural influences have allowed him to be more mindful and aware of cultural differences that aid in his communication with others. They’ve also taught him perspective.
So what do VCU faculty and staff need to know about interacting with of hispanic heritage? Mr. Merida shares, “be aware of the students you serve, and instead of making assumptions, learn more about their culture on an individual level.” For anyone interested in exploring a new culture first hand: “Everyone should visit Guatemala City!” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
You can find Mr. Merida in Undergraduate Studies if you would like to navigate course requirements, seek program guidance and more. #hispanicheritagemonth #hispanicheritage #vcubusiness #makeitreal #vcu ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
[Image description: Mr. Merida smiles in a suit.]