Education Outreach Committee Member
Arizona Chapter of WIM USA
Mario Muñoz Spotlight
Academic degree(s): B.S. in Mining Engineering, B.A. in Spanish/Portuguese from the University of Arizona
Current employer: Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources at the University of Arizona
Current position: Recruitment & Outreach Coordinator
Current position in WIM: Education Outreach Committee Member
What is your academic and career background?
After graduating from the University of Arizona, I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua for 2 years where I worked on environmental education. Upon returning, I joined the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources (LIMR) as a recruiter and outreach coordinator in order to promote higher education in the mineral resource industry.
What do you do in your current role/position?
I get to speak, educate, and inspire high school and community college students about the opportunities in the mineral resource industry through presentations, college fairs, and other outreach events.
What are your favorite tips and tricks to maintain work/life balance?
Find time for yourself! Make sure to take breaks. Go for a walk outside or do a quick stretch. Incorporate the things you are passionate about into your daily life like hobbies and activities that refocus and recenter you. Have something to look forward to for the end of the week that keeps you motivated.
What do you like to do for fun?
Anything that involves the outdoors: hiking, biking, or simply taking a nap on my hammock in the park.
What advice would you give to someone starting out in the industry today?
Explore your interests and ask questions! There are so many different career paths out there, and you can align your interests with your career.
What inspired you to join Women In Mining? What do you hope to accomplish through WIM?
WIM Arizona’s values align with my own. I am seeking to positively contribute and help increase diversity and inclusion in the industry.