Jose L. Melendrez

Executive Director, Office of Community Partnerships, School of Community Health Sciences
Expertise: Diversity Initiatives , Multicultural Programming , Latino and Other Diverse Populations, Social Justice and Community Organizing, Immigration/DREAM Act, Title III & V Minority Serving Institution Programming, Student and Parental Engagement



Jose L. Melendrez has expertise in youth and parental empowerment in education, leadership development and alternative choices for at-risk youth. He is also an expert in social justice advocacy for diverse and multicultural populations, diverse perspectives in community engagement and empowerment, community organizing, and student and organizational development in education.

For UNLV's School of Community Health Sciences, Melendrez is responsible for coordinating and building partnerships with community-based organizations that provide internships for students and real-world experience.  He also develops recruitment strategies to increase the diversity of students in the school, which includes programmatic support for the Nevada Minority Health and Equity Coalition and service with the Nevada System of Higher Education's Hispanic Serving Institutional task force.

Melendrez has served as a field instructor for the UNLV Schools of Social Work and Community Health Sciences, where he works with undergraduate and graduate students to help them achieve their academic and professional goals. For the university, he has led the development of the Title III and Title V Minority Serving Institution Leadership initiative, the Vice Presidential Diversity Commission, the Institute on Diversity and Social Justice, and as director of the UNLV Multicultural Center. 



  • B.A., Political Science, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • M.S.W., University of Michigan

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Jose L. Melendrez In The News

February 11, 2020
Democrats are concerned with one thing and one thing only: Beating President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.
Las Vegas Review Journal
September 14, 2015
Like many students at the College of Southern Nevada, Brenda Romero goes to class, studies regularly and finds time for extracurricular activities.
June 24, 2013
The federal government has been collecting an unprecedented amount of personal information from phone records and internet searches. Is that an invasion of privacy? Or is it a small price to pay for increased security?

Articles Featuring Jose L. Melendrez

Crowd of students
Campus News | September 9, 2014
UNLV ranks sixth for undergraduate ethnic diversity, according to U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" publication; university ranked in top ten for fourth consecutive year.
Business and Community | October 9, 2013
Lecture series marks Hispanic and Native American Months.