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Alejandro Mejia-Tejada

Clemson University

Secondary Education & Mathematical Sciences

He/Him/His

BIPOC

Growing up in Colombia, Alejandro encountered homophobia as expressions of “faith”. After coming to the United States, Alejandro learned English and adapted quickly to his new environment. He became aware of his gay identity and came out in 2017. Once he enrolled at Clemson, he quickly joined Clemson’s Sexuality and Gender Alliance (C-SAGA), and its leadership team, initially taking on the role of Internal Relations Director. As other executive board members graduated, he became Vice President, and eventually President, of C-SAGA. He is a mentor for Clemson Rainbow Fellowship, a member of the Clemson LGBTQIA+ Engagement Committee, and has served on committees that plan programs for National Coming Out Week and Pride Month. Alejandro has also held leadership roles in organizations such as Central Spirit, Student Government and the Clemson Orientation program. He volunteers at high schools through the Hispanic Alliance of Greenville, encouraging Latinx and BIPOC students to pursue post-secondary education. Alejandro is majoring in Secondary Education and Mathematical Sciences, and plans to attend Clemson’s Teacher Residency program to complete his Master’s. He will teach high school math before completing his education to work at the university level. He hopes to show students of Latinx and/or LGBTQ+ identities that they can succeed in challenging career paths. He will promote inclusion and advocacy through curricular and extracurricular activities in school spaces.

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