Ever wonder what it’s like to work in Student Affairs?  Why people choose the field as their profession, and choose to stay there long term?  What makes the field so appealing?  The Division of Student Affairs can answer those questions and more next month.

Every October, UNM’s Division of Student Affairs joins the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) in their Careers in Student Affairs Month celebration.  This year, NASPA has themed the event  Inclusion, Innovation, Impact.

Careers in Student Affairs

UNM Student Affairs is kicking off the month with a Careers in Student Affairs Day, on Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Smith Plaza.  The day features some of the Division’s 26 departments tabling on Smith Plaza and providing information on what kinds of careers are available. 

At noon, Dr. Eliseo “Cheo” Torres, Vice President for UNM Student Affairs will be participating in a panel including Nasha Torrez, J.D., UNM Dean of Students; Rosa Cervantes, Director of UNM El Centro de la Raza; and Brandon Lorenzo, Student Success Specialist, Veteran’s Resource Center.  Panel participants will be answering questions about how their careers fit with the Inclusion, Innovation and Impact theme; talking about where they got their start, and what makes them stay.

“This is a great field to be in,” says Torres. “There are so many ways to make an impact on the lives of our students through a career in higher education.”

The Division of Student Affairs website is also featuring interviews on the @unmstudentaffairs YouTube channel with several employees talking about their careers including:

  • Brian Vineyard, ROTC
  • Jorge Garcia, El Centro de la Raza
  • Celestina Torres, College Enrichment Program
  • Diana Martinez-Campos, College Assistance Migrant Program
  • Gregory Condon, Residence Life and Student Housing
  • Dawn Blue Sky-Hill, Student Support Services, TRIO
  • Dr. Jenna Crabb, UNM Career Services
  • Lisa Lindquist, LoboRESPECT Advocacy Center
  • Ashley Tso, American Indian Student Services
  • Patricia Lott, African American Student Services
  • Chris Brooks, Student Activities Center

For more information about Student Affairs, please visit their CSAM19 web page