Mercy Lavado

Assoc. Director, Programs
Associate Director, Student Activities & Student Organizations

(305) 284-6399
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Mercy Lavado serves as an Associate Director in the Department of Student Activities and Student Organizations. In her role, she advises the Committee on Student Organizations (COSO), co-advises the Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee (SAFAC), and manages the organization management platform, OrgSync. She provides support and resources for the 300+ student organization community and their faculty and staff advisors.  

Mercy holds a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Florida International University. She previously served as the Assistant Director of Student Activities at Syracuse University where she advised community outreach and advocacy student organizations, oversaw student media, and advised the student programming board. She has also served as an advisor to many Greek-lettered organizations, and currently serves as the Chapter Advisor to Phi Sigma Sigma at Nova Southeastern University.

Mercy joined the ‘Canes family in August 2018 and her favorite campus tradition is Canefest.



2014 Educational Leadership University of Central Florida
2011B.A. Psychology Florida International University

Professional Experience

2018 - Associate Director, Department of Student Activities & Student Organizations, University of Miami
2014 - 2018Assistant Director, Student Activities, Syracuse University
2013 - 2014Graduate Assistant for Learning Support Services, University of Central Florida
2012 - 2014Graduate Intern for Programming and Fraternity and Sorority Involvement, Stetson University

Honors & Acknowledgements

Professional Woman of the Year

Women’s Leadership Institute, Syracuse University, 2017

Advisor of the Year

Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, Syracuse University, 2016

Graduate Assistant Advisor of the Year

Stetson University, 2014


National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)
NASPA Undergraduate Fellow (NUFP) Alumna
National Association for Campus Activities (NACA)
Omicron Delta Kappa, National Leadership Honor Society
Order of Omega National Greek Honor Society
Phi Sigma Sigma Fraternity: Lifelong Member