The process of bringing one’s identity to job search interviews was difficult in a pre-COVID world and has become even more challenging during a time when in-person interviews rarely exist. However, this doesn’t mean that you cannot present
your most authentic self to potential employers and find an employment fit that supports your identity and lived experiences. Join Dr. Natesha Smith-Isabell, Jocelyn Santana, and Zachary Lomas as they answer your questions about being open and authentic
during virtual interviews and throughout the job search process. This event is catered to graduate students beginning the job search process.
About the Panelists
Natesha Smith-Isabell, Ph.D., is a senior lecturer and RS103 director at the United States Military Academy (West Point). In her role, she facilitates the Scholar Enrichment Initiative for all first- and second-year cadets, which provides
them with an opportunity for exploring/engaging undergraduate research at the academy. Additionally, she is a faculty associate of West Point’s Graduate Scholarship Program and mentors senior-level cadets in pursuit of academic scholarship and
fellowship opportunities such as Rhodes, Fulbright, Lincoln Labs, STAMPS, as well as others. Dr. Smith-Isabell is a military veteran with more than 15 years of combined experience in workforce analysis, personnel management, and higher education (student
affairs). She has worked in Middle Eastern, East Asian, Caribbean, and North American higher education settings as both faculty and a student affairs practitioner. Dr. Smith’s research interests are a reflection of her cultural immersion experiences
and work as a student affairs administrator/faculty member. In her research, she has primarily focused on exploring the connections between organizational culture and identity development. Dr. Smith has been recognized for teaching excellence, scholarship,
and was identified by NASPA as a 2020-2021 Emerging Faculty Leader.
Jocelyn Santana has 17+ years experience in higher education. In her current role as the director for social justice education at Northern Illinois University, she is responsible for leading initiatives to support diversity, equity, and
inclusion (DEI) work. She is a trained practitioner in restorative justice. In her role, Santana creates and oversees social justice education—curriculum and programming efforts to engage students, staff, faculty, and community members in examining
and understanding themselves as diverse humans to actively engage in addressing social justice issues on campus and in the community. Santana is currently ABD, Ed.D in adult and higher education, and earned a Masters in adult in higher education with
a focus in student affairs. Santana has also worked in student activities, minority transfer center, career services for nine years, and testing and assessment. Santana is co-leading and working on establishing a Black Lives Matter chapter in DeKalb,
Illinois. The current unofficial organization has 2,000 members. In this role, Santana is actively examining how to educate the members on DEI issues and mobilize the members to action within the community.
Zachary Lomas (he/him/his) is currently a program coordinator in the Office of Student Involvement at Rutgers University–Camden, where he advises and supports student clubs and organizations while also fostering student leadership
opportunities and development. Lomas is a 2015 graduate of Colgate University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in both English literature and history. He is also a 2019 graduate of Binghamton University, where he earned a Master of Science
degree in student affairs administration. While at Binghamton, Lomas worked with both Late Nite Binghamton and the Multicultural Resource Center. Lomas currently serves on the ACUI Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program Team and has presented at
both regional and annual ACUI conferences, as well as contributing to the ACUI Bulletin. Lomas identifies as a professional with disabilities and centers much of his student affairs practice on issues of accessibility and disability advocacy.
Elliott Kimball joined UNC–Greensboro’s Office of Intercultural Engagement team in August 2016 to work with LGBTQIA+ outreach and advocacy. Kimball was formerly at UNC–Asheville, bringing more than nine years of work
in higher education across areas such as residence life, fraternity and sorority affairs, sexual violence prevention and education, commuter student programs, and student engagement. Kimball holds a Bachelor of Science in communication from Appalachian
State University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of South Alabama. Kimball enjoys spending time with his dog, Harvey, appreciates good food, regularly binges on Netflix, and is constantly traveling to be with
friends and family. At UNC–Greensboro, Kimball has been recognized with the Division of Student Affairs Team Player Award and is this year’s recipient of UNC–Greensboro’s Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award.