October is Careers in Student Affairs Month
October 9, 2018 - Dorene DiNaro
“I really love working in Student Affairs because this is a place where people truly want to help other people—and regardless of how you want to help them, you can find a home at Student Affairs,” says UNM Career Facilitator, Marty Apodaca.
Ask any staff member from the UNM Division of Student Affairs what they love about their career and you are likely to be answered with that or a similar sentiment.
Led by vice president, Dr. Eliseo “Cheo” Torres, the Division is home to both student service and student life oriented programs and services for students from all backgrounds including non-traditional and first-generation. “As members of the Student Affairs team, we provide access, support, and encouragement to UNM’s diverse population of students as they work to attain their educational goals,” Torres says.
As one of the University’s largest and most diverse collection of departments and programs on campus, the Division of Student Affairs employs nearly 300 staff members. Every October, the Division along with its affiliate, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), celebrates some of those careers via Careers in Student Affairs Month.
Torres encourages those seeking a career in Student Affairs to network with professionals in the Division and learn what it’s all about. “The rewards of being in Student Affairs are many—especially working with students and making a difference in their lives,” he says.
Rosa Isela Cervantes, director for UNM El Centro de la Raza enjoys the level of variety in her day-to-day activities. “Every day is a different day whether you’re tacking a challenge or a problem for a student or celebrating one of their successes,” she says.
Throughout October the Division of Student Affairs will highlight the careers of several staff members through a special video series on their UNM Careers in Student Affairs Month webpage.
With 26 departments and programs in the Division, the Careers in Student Affairs Month video series will feature a small sample of employees from Accessibility Resource Center, African American Student Services, Career Services, UNM Children’s Campus, El Centro de la Raza, and Student Health and Counseling.
Viewers will hear stories of how these professionals began their careers, why they take pride in working with students. “I think it’s truly an honor to be with students on their journey of self-exploration and discovery,” Apodaca says. “I really love that students feel safe enough to share their stories with us.”