Melissa Garcia joined the Regional Partnership in May 2021. Her key responsibility is mapping available programming to identify career pathways in high-wage, high-demand occupations within the region’s target industries. She serves as a liaison to the marketing team in conjunction with the Regional Initiatives Project Manager to provide content for Regional Partnership blogs, newsletters, news releases, and PowerPoint presentations.
The Regional Partnership is Melissa’s first internship, but she has had plenty of experience in customer service. She previously worked as a barista at the Tim Hortons located on Coldwater Road where she learned how to serve as the first point of contact for those of assistance, whether it be a customer or employee. For the past three years, she has also worked as a Front Desk Coordinator for the McNutt Dormitory at Indiana University Bloomington where she solves problems that arise and answers complex questions so university students are able to live comfortably.
Melissa is a proud class of 2018 graduate of Carroll High School. She will be an incoming senior this fall at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University Bloomington. Her majors in Marketing and Digital and Social Media Business Applications have helped pave the path for her to exercise her creativity in the professional and educational world.
Being a member of Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated (OPBSI) has given Melissa the experience to know what it is like to run a small business. Whether it be maintaining relationships with other organizations on campus or marketing upcoming events, Melissa has been given a platform to educate her community about topics relating to OPBSI’s philanthropy: Raising Awareness of Violence Against Women. She is prideful in her efforts to educate her community members about topics that are deemed “taboo” because she believes that it destigmatizes and normalizes real-life issues that many people tend to face alone.
In April 2021, Melissa earned her certification in the Survivor Engagement and Ally Coalition (SEAC) Training facilitated by the Office of Sexual Violence Prevention and Victim Advocacy in partnership with Indiana University’s Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center. She played a vital role in winning the 2020 Alumni Engagement Award for her sorority through Indiana University’s Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life. Thanks to her efforts in creating an internal monthly newsletter, relationships between current sorority members and Alumnae members are now stronger than ever before.
She is prideful in her efforts to educate her community members about topics that are deemed “taboo” because she believes that it destigmatizes and normalizes real-life issues that many people tend to face alone.
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- It is a part of Melissa’s daily routine to walk her two miniature French poodles, Cheri and Lucca, for a minimum of two miles or until they start walking her themselves.
- When driving or riding shotgun Melissa will solely play Spanish music, no exceptions. Bad Bunny and Rauw Alejandro are her top two favorite reggaetón artists.
- If Melissa could eat one food for the rest of her life it would be coffee – that’s right, coffee. There’s just something about a hazelnut iced coffee with almond milk that she will never get tired of.