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Smithsonian Outreach Presence at HACU’s 29th Annual Conference

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 by in AADAPT, The OFI Blog |

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Omar Eaton-Martinez (NMAH), Edith Tudae-Torboh (OHR), Karen Carter (OFI), Emily Key (SLC) and Shahin Nemazee (OEEMA) show the SI flag at the 29th Annual Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)

For the third consecutive year, the pan-institutional SI Academic Appointment Diversity and Publicity Taskforce (AADAPT)’s Outreach Team had a strong and successful presence at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) 29th Annual Conference. The theme of the 2015 conference, held in sunny Miami, was “Championing Hispanic Higher Education Success: Empowering Students, Enhancing Collaboration.”

Karen Carter (OFI), Omar Eaton-Martinez (NMAH), Emily Key (SLC), Shahin Nemazee (OEEMA), and Edith Tudae-Torboh (OHR) led a highly interactive, collaborative workshop to a packed audience entitled, “How to Develop Your Professional Networks While Still in School.” After the presenters introduced themselves, the students self-selected into four discussion groups including, “Making Internships and Fellowships Work For You,” “Your Digital Calling Card,” “Building Your Network,” and “Resumes, Interviews, and Follow-Ups.”

Eric Woodard, OFI’s Director, presented at the professional track on “Smithsonian in Your Community: Internship and Fellowship Partnerships.” In addition, the Smithsonian had a double-booth presence in the HACU Exhibit Hall and SI staff made hundreds of connections with college and university students, staff and faculty as well as business professionals from around the United States.

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Emily conducting “Your Digital Calling Card” workshop.

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Edith, running “Resumes, Interviews, and Follow-Ups” session.

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Omar and Shahin’s “Building Your Network” session.


Karen, leading “Making Internships and Fellowships Work for You.”

Setting up the Smithsonian booth in the HACU Exhibit Hall.

Setting up the Smithsonian booth in the HACU Exhibit Hall.