11/01/2011

Celebrating and Becoming a Champion for Diversity: Successful Strategies for Career Professionals

By Mary Buzzetta, Stefanie Cisneros, and Michael Zucker

The University Career Center (UCC) at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has implemented unique programming designed to address the common career development barriers faced by three distinct groups: veterans, athletes, and students with disabilities.

 

These three populations face similar barriers related to career development.

 

Suggested Strategies for Career Professionals

The following are examples of ways in which the University Career Center (UCC) at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has developed unique programming to better serve these populations:

 

In summary, the ultimate goal in working with diverse clients is to help them identify occupational options that align with their interests, skills, employment preferences, and personal and cultural values. This article has reviewed numerous strategies to assist other career professionals in effectively designing and implementing a plan to expand their own programming within their respective career centers.


 

Mary BuzzettaMary Buzzetta, M.S., LPC-Intern, is a College of Liberal and Fine Arts (COLFA) career counselor at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Career Center. Her research interests focus on college student career development and counseling, with particular focus on the Cognitive Information Processing (CIP) approach. She has experience teaching undergraduate and graduate career development courses. She can be contacted at Mary.Buzzetta@utsa.edu

 

Stefanie CisnerosStefanie Cisneros, M.A., is the Career Counselor for all Student-Athletes at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). She graduated from UTSA in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and in 2008 with a Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling. Her tenure at the UTSA Career Center Office spans over 10 years. She can be contacted at Stefanie.Cisneros@utsa.edu

 

 

Michael ZuckerMichael Zucker, M.A., is a College of Liberal and Fine Arts (COLFA) career counselor at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Career Center. He has been with the UTSA Career Center for over 5 years. He is a graduate of UTSA and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and completed his Master of Arts degree in Community/School Counseling. He can be contacted at Michael.Zucker@utsa.edu

 


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