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Jay Minert

Director, Outreach and Academic Engagement

Jay Minert has served as Director of Outreach and Academic Engagement for Study Abroad UC San Diego since 2012, where he has promoted and increased access to global academic opportunities for students of all backgrounds and majors.

Jay earned his bachelor's degree in cultural anthropology at The Evergreen State College and his master’s degree in education at UC Santa Cruz. Before coming to UC San Diego, Jay served as an Academic Advisor at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, a Student Affairs practitioner at UC Santa Cruz, a Peace Corps Recruiter in Seattle, and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Belize, Central America (with extended service in Palau, Micronesia).

Jay is the recipient of two Fulbright International Education Administrators (IEA) awards, one to France in 2023 and the other to the United Kingdom in 2013. He received a UC San Diego Student Advocate Award in 2023, and in 2018 was named as a LEAD Fellow (Leader for Equity Advancement and Diversity) through the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Jay served as an Academic Consortium Board member for CIEE from 2019 to 2023, and has presented at professional conferences including NAFSA, The Forum, CIEE, and Diversity Abroad.