Antonio Mejico Jr., Ed.D.

Assistant Professor - Social Work

Office Phone: 951.552.8949
E-mail: amejico@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James 277
Office Hours:

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ed.D. Leadership for Educational Justice University of Redlands 2012
M.A. Education Counseling K-12 University of Redlands 2009
B.A. Sociology University of Redlands 2003
  • Courses Taught

    PSY 120: Lifespan Development for Health Professionals
    PSY 320: Lifespan Development
    SOC 335: Social Problems
    SOC 355:  Social Stratification
    SWK 530: Marginalized Populations
    SWK 535: Case Management
    SWK 568: Intimate Partner Violence
    SWK 576: Displaced Populations
    SWK 701: Direct Practice with Cultural Humility


  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    Social Justice
    Child Welfare Policy
    Child Maltreatment
    Wraparound Implementation and Policy
    Incarcerated Youth
    Faith and Resiliency among aging Latinx populations

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    Mejico, Antonio. "The Heart of Social Work: 5 Lessons the Bible and Families Taught me". California Baptist University, Culture and Justice Lecture Series. Thursday, February 15, 2018. Riverside, CA.

    Alexander, Roderick, Boughton, Matthew, Fitzsimmons, Tracy, Mejico, Antonio. "One Life at a Time. The Formula for Success: Passion, Teamwork, Persistence, Empathy". Children and Families in Crisis Conference. Unforgettables Foundation. April 18, 2018. Palm Desert, CA.

    Mejico, Antonio. "California Department of Social Services Regional Residential Care Providers Forum: Integration of Continuum of Care Reform and Achieving Effective Organizational Culture". Social Services Agency, Thursday, August 20, 2018. Orange County. Santa Ana, CA.

    Cooper, Addison, Mejico, Antonio. "Transitional Housing Plus Foster Care Overview of Services". Riverside County Department of Public Social Services, Child Protective Services Division. Wednesday, September 19th, 2018. Indio, CA.

    Mejico, Antonio. "Cultural Humility: A Brief Introduction and Considerations for Best Practices when Serving Hispanic Populations. California Baptist University (In Collaboration with CBSS and the Legacy Project). Thursday, October 11, 2018. Riverside, CA.

    Mejico, Antonio. "Overview of Legislative Shifts, County and State Needs Impacting Child Welfare". Leadership Riverside. December 7, 2018. Riverside, CA, Friday.

    Mejico, Antonio. "Maximizing Class Time: Teach-in Lesson" (Presentation to MSW Faculty). California Baptist University, Riverside, CA, Thursday, February 14, 2019.

    Mejico, Antonio. "Special Topics Presentation to CBU Anthropology 400 Students" (Emphasis on career options within the field of Social Work). California Baptist University, Riverside, CA, Thursday, February 14, 2019.

    Mejico, Antonio. "Dating, Gender Identity and Human Sexuality." Presentation for Dr. Minton's Human Development course. California Baptist University, Riverside, CA, Monday, February 18, 2019.

    Mejico, Antonio. "Administrator Hiring Perspectives: Macro Social Work Career Paths" Presented to Year 1 MSW students during the MSW Concentration Track Forum. California Baptist University, Riverside, CA, Friday, February 22, 2019.

    Mejico, Antonio. "Behavioral Management Support: Improving Educational, Emotional and Behavioral Outcomes for Students". Badger Springs Middle School. Moreno Valley Unified School District. Tuesday, March 19, 2019. Moreno Valley, CA.

    Mejico, Antonio. "Intimate Partner Violence: An Overview of IPV, Philosophies and Strategies for Support". Riverside Community Hospital, March 21, 2019. Riverside, CA, Thursday.

    Costello, Jennifer, Gustafson, Jacqueline, Mejico, Antonio. "The Legacy Project: Highlights of Interviews Conducted, Film Showcase and Community Recognition" (Culture and Justice Lecture Series). California Baptist University. Riverside, CA, March 28, 2019.

    Mejico, Antonio. "Death and Dying: Perspectives of a Social Worker". Presentation for Dr. Minton's Human Development Course. California Baptist University. Riverside, CA, April 12, 2019.

    Costello, Jennifer, Gustafson, Jacqueline, Mejico, Antonio. "The Legacy Project: Highlights of Interviews Conducted, Film Showcase and Community Recognition". Ysmael Villegas Center, Casa Blanca, Riverside CA, April 17, 2019.

    Mejico, Antonio. "Cultural Humility: A Brief Introduction and Considerations for Best Practices when Serving Hispanic Populations. California Baptist University. Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Riverside, CA.

    Mejico, Antonio. "MSW Faculty Team Building Activity and New Program Logistics". California Baptist University. Online Professional Services Site. Riverside, CA, Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

    Mejico, Antonio. "Medi-Cal Billing Documentation Standards and Best Practices". Mountain Counseling and Training Incorporated. Monday, May 6, 2019. Crestline, CA.

    Mejico, Antonio. "Behavioral Management Support: Improving Educational, Emotional and Behavioral Outcomes for Students". Sunnymead Middle School. Moreno Valley Unified School District. Moreno Valley, CA, Monday, May 13, 2019.

    Mejico, Antonio. "Continuum of Care Reform: An Overview and Policy Analysis with Biblical Lessons Applied when Creating Policy". July 24, 2019.

    Costello, Jennifer, Gustafson, Jacqueline, Mejico, Antonio. "The Legacy Project: Research Overview and Considerations for Future Studies". CIC Conference. Washington D.C., July 30, 2019.

    Mejico, Antonio. "Connecting Theory to Practice". MSW Student Orientation. California Baptist University, Riverside, CA, August 23-24, 2019.

    Mejico, Antonio. "Mental Health Billing Best Practices, Strengths Identification, and Building Culture." Mountain Counseling and Training Incorporated. Crestline, CA, Friday, August 30, 2019.

    Mejico, Antonio. "Behavioral Management Support: Improving Educational, Emotional and Behavioral Outcomes for African American Students". California Association of Black Student Educators Annual Conference. CABSE. San Diego, CA, Saturday, October 12, 2019.

    Mejico, Antonio.  "Bloom Where you are Planted:  Teaching our Children Kindness, Connectedness and Empathy".  Moreno Valley Unified School District.  Badger Springs Middle School.  Moreno Valley, CA, Friday, November 22, 2019.

    Mejico, Antonio.  "Expansive Considerations for Gender and Sexual Identity".  Saint Junipero Serra.  House of Spiritual Formation.  Archdiocese of San Bernardino.  Grand Terrace, CA, Monday, November 25, 2019.

  • Church Membership & Activities

    Sandals Church, Hunter Park Campus

  • Community Service & Involvement

    1.  I am blessed to serve as a religious volunteer with San Bernardino County Juvenile Probation, where I provide bible study to incarcerated youth, currently serving rehabilitative sentences.
    2.  I also volunteer at several "pop up" homeless shelters in Redlands, during the winter months to provide supervision and meal distribution to homeless men during inclement weather.

  • Interests & Hobbies

    A few of my favorite things:

    1. Restoring/modifying classic cars.
    2. Cooking and experimenting with new recipes.
    3. Photography.
    4. Watching scary movies.

  • Personal Philosophy

    Three quotes inspire me to live my life, teach and serve my community in a specific way:

    1. Everyone holds value and is entitled to be treated with dignity. “Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. Even all the hairs on your head have been counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”  Matthew 10: 29-31

    2. All life is "inter-related" and therefore, human relationships are central and essential to our existence. “From the time you were very little, you have had people who have smiled you into smiling, people who have talked you into talking, sung you into singing, loved you into loving.  So, on this extra special day, let’s take some time to think of those extra special people.  Some of them may be right here, some may be far away.  Some may even be in heaven.  No matter where they are, deep down you know they’ve always wanted what was best for you.  They’ve always cared about you beyond measure and have encouraged you to be true to the best within you.  Let’s just take a minute of silence to think about those people right now.” -Fred Rogers

    3. Do all things with love and in service to all God's children. "Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice.  Say that I was a drum major for peace.  I was a drum major for righteousness.  And all of the other shallow things will not matter." -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.