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HSI Career Collaborative hosts virtual career expo to connect students, alumni and employers

HSI Career Collaborative hosts virtual career expo to connect students, alumni and employers

FEBRUARY 20, 2023 — The UTSA Career Center will co-host the Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Virtual Career Expo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22, enabling students and alumni to schedule one-on-one conversations with company representatives and attend real-talk group information sessions with more than 270 employers. Free registration for participants is now open on Handshake.

Now in its third year, the HSI Career Virtual Expo has connected over 2,600 students and alumni with organizations across the nation who are reaffirming and strengthening a shared vision for diverse talent in their professional spaces.

“Our focus within the HSI Career Collaborative is on increasing employment opportunities for all our students and alumni with the best companies across the country,” said Mario Vela, UTSA assistant vice provost of career-engaged learning and co-founder of the HSI Career Collaborative. “We want to imbibe a culture within companies and employers to embrace diversity, equity and inclusion by establishing impactful recruiting strategies at HSIs.”

Participants of this year’s HSI Virtual Career Expo include Autodesk, CSL Behring, PepsiCo, AbbVie, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), H-E-B, John Deere, Protiviti and Spectrum.

“Autodesk is changing how the world is designed and made and we need talented people from diverse backgrounds to help our customers achieve the new possible,” said Rita Giacalone, Autodesk vice president of culture, diversity and talent. “By supporting efforts like the HSI Career Collaborative, Autodesk can move closer to building a workforce that reflects the world we live in and can better understand and respond to the diverse, emerging needs of our customers. We all win when we attract, retain and advance talented individuals.”

Learn more about the HSI Career Collaborative and explore the services offered by the University Career Center.

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 match their career goals. Space is limited. Sessions with employers will be granted on a first-come-first-served basis.

Other co-hosts within the HSI Collaborative include 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 Texas Rio Grande Valley; University of California-Merced; University of Illinois at Chicago; University of the Incarnate Word; and Lehman College.

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