AUGUST 10, 2021 — Employers across the nation will meet virtually today to discuss diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) engagement, learning and strategic planning at an employer summit hosted by the HSI Career Collaborative and organized by UTSA. The summit will support the efforts of the nation’s Hispanic Serving Universities to promote social mobility and economic prosperity in underserved communities by recruiting, retaining and graduating students.
The federal government defines a Hispanic Serving Institution as a college or university where at least 25% of the undergraduate population is Hispanic. UTSA was one of the first U.S. universities to receive the designation when it was introduced by the Department of Education in 1994. At UTSA, 57% of students identify as Latino or Hispanic.
Since that time, UTSA has set its sights on becoming a Hispanic thriving university, a model Hispanic Serving Institution that provides the highest quality education to advance social mobility and economic opportunities for Latino students and their communities.
In support of that goal, UTSA is an active member in the HSI Career Collaborative, which advocates for a collaborative model of inclusive excellence, serves as a point of reflection and strategy in how career recruitment is viewed, and advances diversity, equity, and inclusion for students and alumni.
“Through the HSI Collaborative, UTSA is continuing to raise the profile of HSIs with the goal of having the best companies in the world recruit our students and alumni,” said Mario Vela, executive director of UTSA’s University Career Center. “Our collaborative now represents 1.3 million alumni and over 260,000 students. We expect over 300 leading employers to join our event from across the country.”
The Employer Summit is kicking off with a keynote address by Jenny Sauer-Klein, the founder of The Scaling Intimacy School of Experience Design. Sauer-Klein has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, Fast Company and Inc., as well as Tim Ferriss’ book Tools of Titans. Her session will equip participants with the tools to lead interactive recruiting sessions and share their company culture in a virtual space.
The event will also feature an employer panel about recruiting in the upcoming school year in a hybrid environment (both in-person and virtual). The panelists will represent CrowdStrike, Enterprise Holdings, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, NASA and USAA.
Student panels at the event will explore effective student outreach and engagement, enhancing the student learning experience and effective DEI recruitment at HSIs.
Employers attending the event, such as Airbnb, Allbirds, Autodesk, BP, Cisco, NASA, Pfizer, Salesforce, TikTok, Uber and others, will have a chance to meet members of the collaborative’s 13 HSI schools.
The virtual, one-day event is a joint effort led by the UTSA University Career Center and other leading HSIs in the country: California State University, Bakersfield; California State University-Dominguez Hills; California State University, Fresno; California State University, San Bernardino; California State University, Stanislaus; Florida International University; Texas A&M International University; Texas A&M University-San Antonio; University of California, Merced; University of Illinois Chicago; the University of Incarnate Word and the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley.
The summit is sponsored by AbbVie, Accenture Federal Services, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Internal Revenue Services, CrowdStrike, H-E-B, Ford and X (Google’s Moonshot Factory).
The Racial Justice Book Club was established at UTSA by members of the campus community to explore social justice following acts of racial violence across the nation over the last few years. We are reading The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas by Monica Muñoz Martinez. We will meet every Wednesday in September and October at 2 pm on Zoom.Virtual Event
The touring ensemble of five London actors will perform Shakespeare’s _Macbeth in the UTSA Recital Hall.Recital Hall, Main Campus
Session for parents to learn about how to prepare for their children's future in higher education.Buena Vista Street. Building (BVB 1.326,) Downtown Campus
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at our very own street fair - Calle UTSA. We will have activities, performances, food, music, and piñatas to break open.Student Union Paseo
"La Plática" is a space for thoughtful dialogue to build a sense of connection among the Roadrunner Community by getting to know each other better and sharing what's on our minds and about ourselves to increase to increase awareness of diverse perspectives.Virtual Event
This September 30, the Friday Series will feature Prof. Milena Ang, who will be presenting A Tren to Nowhere: Statistic Development and the Politics of Racial, a paper co-authored with Tania Islas-Weistein where they discuss Mexico's long history of state-led development projects that contribute to economic and racial inequality. The authors argue that despite professing racial justice, official discourses surrounding the Tren Maya reproduce existing symbolic and material forms of racism.McKinney Humanities (MH 4.01.01,) Main Campus
We invite you to learn about the process of screenwriting and explore the intersection of identity and pursuing dreams from Jorge Ramirez-Martinez and Raymond Perez, screenwriters for the Selena: The Series, released on Netflix. They will discuss their careers and writing process, including how their identities as Mexican American and gay men have shaped their professional experiences.Virtual Event
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.
UTSA is a proud Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) as designated by the U.S. Department of Education.
The University of Texas at San Antonio, a Hispanic Serving Institution situated in a global city that has been a crossroads of peoples and cultures for centuries, values diversity and inclusion in all aspects of university life. As an institution expressly founded to advance the education of Mexican Americans and other underserved communities, our university is committed to ending generations of discrimination and inequity. UTSA, a premier public research university, fosters academic excellence through a community of dialogue, discovery and innovation that embraces the uniqueness of each voice.