Spencer Hayes

Graduate Assistant, Programming (She/Her/Hers)

In my role as the Programming Graduate Assistant, I support the coordination of the Center’s career-readiness programs, including the development, planning, implementation, and hosting of annual and special events. I am also a member of the Center’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, DE&I, which focuses on the designing, planning, and executing of focused career events related to the Center’s Affinity Communities. As a former UConn Huskies student-athlete, I enjoy working with the new generation of student-athletes and incorporating UConn Athletics alumni into our Office’s programming and events. 

I am currently a doctoral student in the Department of Political Science, where I concentrate my studies on international relations and comparative politics. I love having the opportunity to integrate my joy for research and analytics into my role at the Career Center and applying my human rights background to DE&I Committee efforts.

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Bio

Hometown: Saratoga Springs, NY

Things I enjoy: When I am not in the classroom or working, I enjoy working out, traveling, visiting family, and taking my rescue puppy, Tilly, for walks.

Advice to students: Always be open to trying experiences, activities, and classes outside your major and/or field of study! It is a great way to develop new skills and discover new interests.

Education

Current Program:

University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Expected Graduation May 2026

Doctor of Philosophy, Political Science

Favorite Project: Quantitative research paper on the relationship between human trafficking cases and online censorship. 

Rockefeller College of Public Policy & Affairs, University at Albany, Albany, NY

May 2021 

Master of International Affairs

Favorite Project: Researching and developing a final report for the Immigrant Advocate Response Collaborative on immigration attorney burnout that was presented at the New York State Legislative Session in January 2022. 

University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

May 2019 

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and Philosophy 

Favorite Experience: Participating in The Everywoman Everywhere Legal Protection of Women and Girls internship, researching materials and data utilized by the Every Woman Treaty. 

Previous Roles

  • Contributing Writer – Mohr Media
  • Graduate Assistant – State University of New York, Applied Learning 
  • Policy and Communications Intern – Utah Afterschool Network 
  • Intern – New York State Division of Human Rights 
  • Youth Mentor – United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

 

All Posts

Latino Economic Development Center’s Entrepreneur Training for Success Program

Starting a business is no easy feat, but with the right support, you can turn your idea into reality.

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Internship Opportunities with the White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative

Established in 1990 and later expanded in 2020, the White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative aspires to improve Latino Americans’ educational accessibility and economic opportunity. The Initiative hopes that Latino Americans can achieve their aspirations by widening access to the channels …

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HACE: A Career Resource for Latino Professionals

Are you looking for a company that values diversity? How about a non-profit that will assist in forming networking connections and provide resources for professional development?   Look no further, the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE) is a national non-profit that is …

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Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers: A Motivated Organization for Students in STEM

Did you know that only 7% of the STEM workforce identifies as Hispanic? This disparity has not gone unnoticed by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. 

SHPE has a mission to combat this gap through trainings, programming, and mentorships. SHPE envisions a world where Latinos are influential …

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Job Search Resources for LGBTQ+ Students

Across UConn’s campuses, there are numerous offices and departments available to support and guide LGBTQ+ students in their career search process and preparation.  Within the Center for Career Development, LGBTQ+ students can find strong and applicable resources and assistance related …

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