|Position:||Human Resources Manager|
|Alma Mater:||LIU Brooklyn|
Mickaelar Mendez arrives at Columbia University after working as a Human Resource Program Coordinator at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus.
Mendez attended Church College of New Zealand, a high school in Temple View, Hamilton, New Zealand for three years before pursuing a collegiate basketball career in the United States at LIU. At LIU Brooklyn, she majored in Economics with a minor in Accounting.
Upon her graduation in 2008, she assumed the role of Director of Basketball Operations for the Women's basketball team at LIU for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Serving in that capacity, she oversaw the tape exchange and had a hand in monitoring the team’s academic progress.
At LIU Brooklyn, Mendez was a four-year starter and a two-year basketball captain for the Blackbirds. Over her four-year college career, she averaged 8.2 points per game and totaled career 952 points, which ranks 16th in school history. She pulled down 416 rebounds and ranks fifth all-time in assists with 285, averaging 2.5 per game. She converted 40 percent of her 2-point shots and made 31 percent of her 3-point attempts.
She is a current member of the Fiji National Team and was part of the squads that captured Gold medals at the South Pacific Games in 2007 and 2015 respectively. In 2008, Mendez was also a member of the Fiji National Team that participated in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament in Madrid, Spain.
A Suva, Fiji native, Mendez graduated from LIU Brooklyn in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. She earned a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management and a Master of Public Administration with a certificate in United Nations Studies from LIU Brooklyn in 2010 and 2014 respectively.