Long-time San Diego Mesa College employee Monica Romero – the Program Activity Manager
for Proyecto Éxito – has been chosen as the most recent recipient of the Committee
for Diversity Action, Inclusion and Equity’s “Salute a Smile” honor.
“I love supporting our faculty and our staff in the work that they do for our students,
so it’s kind of a trickledown effect,” Romero said of the inspiration for her smile.
“It makes me excited when someone tells me a great story of something that they’re
seen or done or have been involved with. It really warms my heart.”
Having worked at Mesa over a 23 year span, Romero took a break in the early 2000s
to work in private industry as the Director of Operations for a strategic planning
consulting company. She returned after six years, having realized that she wanted
to be back in the field of education.
“I love working with students and I love education – I didn’t like working in corporate,
which was kind of greedy,” Romero said. “It’s not about money, it’s about people.”
In her free time, she takes her 17-year-old son to Padres games and enjoys checking
out new foodie-loving restaurants around town. Her son is a junior at Kearny Mesa
High School who will be taking a dual enrollment class from Mesa during the spring
The love she has for the Mesa family is apparent to those who work with her. In an
email honoring her as the latest recipient of the “Salute a Smile” recognition, Committee
for Diversity, Action, Inclusion and Equity Chair and Professor Judy Sundayo said
that Romero has “discovered a deep sense of purpose” at Mesa College.
According to Sundayo, that purpose, “motivates her to continually learn, grow, connect,
share, and empower others to succeed in their goals and aspirations.”
“Monica’s love for ‘everything Mesa’ comes through in her wonderful smile,” Sundayo
said. “Monica sees Mesa College’s diverse campus community as her home. Like so many
others, she has a profound commitment to the campus and for everyone who makes up
the Mesa College family.”
Mesa hasn’t just been a family-like experience for Romero, her family has been connected
to the college for years. Late husband Octavio Pierre Romero helped her get her first
job at Mesa College, according to Sundayo, and Monica said their son is considering
attending Mesa after graduating from high school next year.
For more information about the Committee for Diversity Action, Inclusion, and Equity
and its “Salute a Smile” honor, contact Judy Sundayo via email at email@example.com.
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