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Jay Minert

Director, Outreach and Academic Engagement

Jay is responsible for managing Study Abroad UC San Diego’s Outreach and Academic Integration efforts. Additionally, he advises students in the following areas:

Countries:

  • Middle East (Jordan, Morocco)
  • Barbados
  • Cyprus

Majors:

  • Engineering 

First time meeting Jay?  Please schedule an appointment by calling our office at (858) 534-1123 or stopping in at our front desk Monday-Friday 9 a.m–4 p.m.

As an African-American/High Financial Need/Male/Transfer student at the Evergreen State College, Jay did not initially consider study abroad as an option during his undergraduate years. But after a faculty mentor convinced him to travel to Guatemala and Honduras to study the Maya, Jay returned with an understanding that a global experience not only augments academic study but also provides an international lens to one’s own identity and agency in the world.

It was that pivotal experience which led Jay to join the Peace Corps after college, where he served in Belize with an extension in Palau, Micronesia. After completing his service, Jay studied abroad again while earning a master’s in education at UC Santa Cruz, receiving an Inter-American Foundation Fellowship to return to Belize to conduct research.

Throughout his professional life, Jay has encouraged many others to study and live abroad as well. He has worked as a Peace Corps Recruiter, held several university student affairs positions, and most recently served as an Academic Advisor at the University of Hawai`i at Hilo.

During his time at UC San Diego, Jay received a Fulbright International Administrators Award to the United Kingdom and is currently serving as a LEAD (Leader for Equity Advancement and Diversity) Fellow through the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Jay’s goal is to make study abroad accessible to every student - no matter their background - and invites students to meet with him to explore how they can make study abroad a highlight to their UC San Diego experience.