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UTSA, Hispanic Serving Institutions address national labor shortage with virtual career fair

UTSA, Hispanic Serving Institutions address national labor shortage with virtual career fair

FEBRUARY 22, 2022 — UTSA and 13 of the leading Hispanic Serving Institutions have come together to provide students and alumni an opportunity to interview with 150-plus companies from around the country. The HSI Career Collaborative, as this group is called, will host the HSI Virtual Career Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 24. Registration is now open via Handshake. 

The goal is to give students and alumni from participating HSIs the chance to connect with employers through workshops, one-on-one meetings and group sessions. The career fair is part of the collaborative’s larger mission to promote social mobility and economic prosperity in underserved communities by recruiting, retaining and graduating students while creating career growth opportunities for students and alumni.


“Our partnership with employers is creating career opportunities that our HSIs have never been exposed to before.”



“In our second year since we founded the HSI Career Collaborative, we are witnessing more employers embrace our platform,” said Mario Vela, assistant vice provost of the UTSA office of Career-Engaged Learning. “Our students and alumni deserve to be recruited by the best companies in the world, and our partnership with employers is creating career opportunities that our HSIs have never been exposed to before.”

The HSI Virtual Career Fair will provide participants a chance to network with several company representatives and learn about career opportunities at Accenture Federal Services, Autodesk, Amazon, Qualtrics, National Security Agency, Toyota, Union Pacific Railroad, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Walmart Corporate, WarnerMedia, Wells Fargo, Yahoo! and more. All employers are hiring for full-time, part-time and internships.

The HSI Virtual Career Fair is also attended and supported by AbbVie, CrowdStrike, Inc., Allogene Therapeutics, Meta, PepsiCo, Southwest Airlines and Synopsys Inc.

“Connecting the world takes people with different backgrounds and points of view to build products that work better for everyone. This means building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the people we serve,” said Maxine Williams, chief diversity officer for Meta. “Since 2014, we’ve publicly reported Facebook’s diversity metrics and shared our plans to better support communities of color, women, members of the LGBTQ+ community and others. This year, we made progress, identified areas for improvement and expanded our investments to support diverse communities through education, employment and increasing economic opportunities.”

Students and alumni seeking to participate must visit Handshake to register and secure a spot in a one-on-one or group session with employers that meet their career goals. Space is limited. Sessions with employers will be granted on a first-come-first-served basis.

Joining UTSA in the HSI Collaborative are the following institutions: 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; The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; University of California-Merced; the University of Illinois at Chicago; University of the Incarnate Word; and Lehman College. 

UTSA is a Carnegie Tier One research university that is committed to increasing access to education and cultivating an environment where students from all backgrounds can excel. As part of its strategic vision to become a model for student success, UTSA is developing and implementing policies, practices and support systems to intentionally promote Latino student success and remove barriers to graduation These efforts are raising standards across the university, benefitting every student who attends UTSA.

Shruti Anand



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