Juan Mercado was born and raised in Dalworth (Grand Prairie), TX. He is a first-generation college graduate from Midwestern State University(MSU Texas) and the University of Denver's Morgridge College of Education.
Juan's student affairs journey started in undergrad where he served as a student assistant for the office of Student Development and Orientation. Juan has worked in various student affairs areas such as new student orientation, TRIO support, First-Generation Student Support, and Residential Life. Juan is passionate about creating a welcoming and inclusive campus environment while helping students gain college access and achieving their academic, personal, and professional goals.
Territory / Population Juan Works With
Admissions (Englewood, Denver, Sheridan, First Generation Students, Adult Learners, TRiO)
What town do you call home?
I am from Dalworth / Grand Prairie located near the Dallas / Ft. Worth metroplex in Texas.
Have you ever taken a class or received a degree from a community college?
No, but I look forward to taking the teaching course soon.
A little something about Juan
In my free time I play an acoustic drum set, I am an avid sports fan currently thrilled because the Olympics are happening, and I am red green color blind (protanopia).
If you could travel anywhere – where would you go and who would you take with you?
I have been wanting to take a trip to Canada for quite some time, I would probably just go with my partner and spend time exploring the various landscapes and try local restaurants. If anybody has traveled to Canada or has any suggestions on cool Canadian cities to visit let me know.
Favorite dish or type of food to eat
I would have to say that Puerto Rican cuisine is my favorite at the moment. It fluctuates constantly as I often alternate between Mexican cuisine and Puerto Rican cuisine as that is my cultural heritage. I personally enjoy the dishes mofongo and arroz con gandules. If you would like to learn where you can try either of these dishes near Denver please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Quote or Advice for Community College students
My advice to ACC students and college students in general is be yourself and know that that’s good enough. College is a time of growth and self-discovery so do what feels the most authentic to you!