Career Community

The HSI Career Collaborative gets an honorable mention at the NACE conference

members of the HS Career Collaborative

The Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Career Collaborative – an organization of 14 HSIs from across the country, including UIW as a founding member– got an honorable mention in NACE’s Excellence Awards ‘22 in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – College category. The Collaborative was judged on program need/objectives, relevance to the target market, integration, design, medium use, creativity, innovation, measurable outcomes, and ease of replication.

The HSI Career Collaborative Summit was launched in April 2021 with two virtual professional development events – for employers, students, and alumni followed by an expo where employers, community partners, and professionals meet with prospective job seekers, interns, and volunteers. Expanding on the momentum of last year, the collaborative hosted two professional development workshops for students/alum which focused on building dynamic job search strategies and connecting with employers via a virtual career fair. As we move into the fall season, the collaborative will focus on employer knowledge and best practices for DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) recruitment strategies. The theme for this year's summit is “University Diversity Recruiting, Deconstructed” with a keynote on inclusive recruiting and a look at HSI student engagement and experience from the student/alum perspective.

The HSI Career Collaborative advocates a collaborative model of inclusive excellence that serves as a point of reflection and strategy in how career recruitment is viewed and advances diversity, equity, and inclusion for all students and alumni from participating institutions. The collaborative now represents 1.4 million alumni, over 285,000 students of which 59% are first-gen, and 63% are LatinX/Hispanic.

Learn more about the HSI Career Collaborative, and if you’re an employer, register here for free for the Employer summit!

-UIW Career Services

UIW partners with Hiring Our Heroes to Give Back to Military Community

UIW Hiring Our Heroes Team Members

UIW’s Military and Veteran Center and Career Services partnered with Hiring Our Heroes to host a career summit Aug. 3-4 in the UIW McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room.

Hiring Our Heroes (HOH), a national nonprofit with the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation, hosts events around the country with a mission of connecting members of the military community with meaningful careers. More than 680 members of the San Antonio military community participated in this event. St. Anthony Catholic High School and UIW’s Student Veteran of America chapter provided student volunteer support.

“It’s a very challenging transition, coming out of the military with such a structured life,” said Jonathan Lovejoy, senior director of Military and Veterans Affairs. “It’s challenging to decide what career field to go into, or what interests you, what companies are out there, etc. Hiring Our Heroes helps with that transition by providing training and opportunities to meet with potential employers at these events.”

Although HOH career summits are typically on military bases, the nonprofit chose a different route to maximize the accessibility for members of the community in Military City, USA. With UIW’s large concentration of military-connected students (24% of the student body is military-affiliated), the school at the corner of Broadway and Hildebrand was a logical location, said Crystal Byrant Kearns, director of Events and Engagement for Hiring Our Heroes.

“UIW gets it. They get that the military community is an important part of our country,” said Kearns. “They 

have been incredibly hospitable to us for this event; in fact, I would love to hold it here in future years.”

Wednesday night included a networking reception with more than 200 participants. On Thursday morning, attendees had the opportunity to learn important skills related to job searches, such as how to create a resume and how to prepare for an interview. Thursday afternoon featured a career fair where participants had the opportunity to meet with potential employers.

Kearns shared that HOH has had over 3,200 job seekers attend their Career Summits thus far this year, with 1,400 job offers made at those events. Additionally, 2,200 follow-up interviews have been scheduled from the events.

“The employers that come to the career summits are ready to hire military talent, because they know they are getting top talent,” said Kearns. “UIW has made an investment in the military because the school understands what they bring to the table, and how important they are to our nation.”

This event is another amazing opportunity not only for UIW students, said Lovejoy, but for the San Antonio community. UIW has numerous opportunities to celebrate and honor military-affiliated members of the community, such as Military Appreciation Games and the UIW Veterans Day Parade.

Kearns reiterated that the support the military community receives from UIW and throughout San Antonio helped draw HOH to the University for an event she says was “a great success.”

“San Antonio has an incredible population of military people right here in the community, but that is not the norm,” noted Kearns. “To come to a community that's considered Military City, USA, it feels like home. It's fantastic. And to be with an organization like UIW, it also feels like home because again, they get it. It’s all about supporting our military because they are supporting our nation.”

-UIW Career Services