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In 2021, Michelle Schenk, an expert in maintaining and building recruitment partnerships with leading global employers, has joined the UCC team as UTSA’s first Director of Employer Engagement. Schenk leads the university’s efforts to nurture long-term relationships with top employers.

“In addition to world-class customer service, we’re constantly reimagining recruiting events to create innovative ways to connect students and employers in this hybrid environment,” Schenk said. “For example, we invited one of our newest corporate sponsors, HealthPlanOne, to visit students during Día en la Sombrilla to engage in the culture of our campus community.”

Last January, the UCC hired Cristina Sanchez ’09, M.Ed. ’13 as deputy director of business development. Its sole objective is to establish partnerships with new employers who are recruiting at UTSA for the first time.

In 2021, the Career Center led an effort to form the HSI Career Collaborative by bringing together several of the nation’s leading Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs). Through events such as the HSI Career Collaborative Summit, the collaboration is creating new professional growth opportunities for students and alumni, raising the profile of HSIs among companies across the country and creating a career ecosystem across HSIs. .

“This partnership has been a game-changer for the university’s employer relationships and, ultimately, for our students and alumni,” Vela said. “UTSA has been able to leverage its leadership within the HSI Career Collaborative to create new relationships with employers and deepen existing ones. Over 150 companies that attended the last two HSI Career Collaborative virtual job fairs have never attended our UTSA job fairs, including Amazon, Citi, Discovery Inc., Meta, Microsoft, Square & Cash App and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

HSI Career Collaborative events have continued since, including a Virtual Employer Summit that took place this summer with over 350 unique employers nationwide connecting with this year’s summit theme, University Diversity Recruiting, Deconstructed.

The HSI Career Collaborative has received local and national recognition. The San Antonio Business Journal named the collaboration the winner of the 2022 Diversity and Inclusion Award. In June, the organization earned honorable mention in the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ Awards of Excellence in the Diversity, Equity and inclusion – College. Vela was asked to represent UTSA and the HSI Career Collaborative at the White House reception to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on September 30.

Joshua SpeshockUTSA Masters student studying Information Technology, was able to land a summer internship at an HSI Career Collaborative Expo.

“The HSI Career Collaborative has really opened my eyes to what’s available in the industry and employers associated with different fields,” he said. “I was able to take advantage of this truly beneficial and exciting opportunity to enter Palo Alto Networks as a Technical Marketing Engineer this summer and it would not have been possible without this event.”

UCC, located on the main UTSA campus in the Students’ Union, offers a variety of opportunities for students and alumni to engage with employers. The center also offers career exploration and planning, resume/cover letter/CV reviews, and job search assistance in virtual and in-person formats. For students on the downtown campus, a career counselor is available Thursdays and Fridays in the Buena Vista building (BV 1.344).

The center helps students and alumni identify and develop the global skills they need to successfully pursue and achieve their lifelong career goals.

It also hosts career expos throughout the year to bring on-campus employers to meet UTSA students.

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