Graduate Assistant, College to Career Transitions & Alumni Services
Alexandra Pierce is the Graduate Assistant for College to Career Transitions and Alumni Services at the Center for Career Development. In this role, her major projects include the development of the new Senior Year Experience course for graduating students and creation of presentations and programs focusing on the post-UConn transition, including the Beyond UConn conference and graduate school fair. For the previous two years, Alexandra has worked as a Graduate Assistant in Career Coaching, where she supported students with their major and career exploration. She was also heavily involved in an initiative with Residential Life and focused on updating and assessing the UConn Career Planner.
Alexandra graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She held roles as a mental health worker and data analyst prior to coming to UConn, where she earned her Master of Arts in Educational Psychology in 2018 and is currently pursuing her PhD in Educational Psychology.
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Alexis Cortes (she/her/hers) is the Careers for the Common Good Graduate Assistant at the Center for Career Development. In this role, she works collaboratively with Community Outreach Programs, Services, and Initiatives and the Human Rights Institute in order to expose students to socially-responsible vocations in industries that range from public-service & non-profits, to benefit corporations and social enterprises. In particular, she manages the annual Careers for the Common Good Career Fair where students have the opportunity to network with several employers and organizations that focus on serving the greater good.
Alexis graduated in May 2020 from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science. She is currently pursuing her Master of Public Administration through UConn’s Department of Public Policy at the Hartford campus.
Damiao Zoe Xu
Graduate Assistant, Graduate Student and Postdoc Career Programs and Services
Zoe is the Graduate Assistant for Graduate Student and Postdoc Programs and Services at the Center for Career Development. She develops and facilitates programs that aim to increase and enhance graduate students and postdoctoral fellows’ knowledge and skills in career development .
Before joining the Center, Zoe worked in various positions at different universities. She was an instructor and later an online learning specialist. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in Learning, Leadership and Education Policy with a concentration in Adult Learning at the Neag School of Education.
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Graduate Assistant: Career Development
Dominque is the Career Center’s graduate assistant for career development. In this role, she works on finding internships and co-op opportunities for students and supporting them in their current roles on and off-campus. She co-teaches the zero credit and one credit internship course UConn offers. Dominque also conducts résumé and cover letter critiques while also working with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Dominque recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) in May of 2020 with a B.A. in History and Africana studies. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs here at UConn. She had previously been a residential advisor for UNCC, Brown University Pre-College, and Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. She was also a teaching assistant at UNCC for multiple courses including Intro to Africana Studies, Intro to European History, and African American Literature.
Pronouns: She/ They
Graduate Assistant, Assessment & Technology
Nicolette is the Assessment and Technology Graduate Assistant at the Center for Career Development. In this role, she supports the department by cleaning and analyzing data; specifically working with UConn’s First Destination Data. In addition to this, she also assists research and assessment initiatives.
Prior to her role at the Center, Nicolette worked as a data coordinator in quality and analytics at a non-profit mental health clinic. Nicolette graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in December 2018 with her B.S. in Political Science. Currently, she is pursuing her Master of Science in Quantitative Economics.
Spencer Hayes (she/her) is the Programming Graduate Assistant at the Center for Career Development. Within this role, Spencer supports in the coordination of the Center’s career-readiness programs including the development, planning, implementation, and hosting of annual and special events. Spencer is also a member of the Center’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, DE&I, that focuses on the designing, planning, and executing of focused career events related to the Center’s Affinity Communities.
Spencer graduated from UConn in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy. She graduated in May 2021 from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, University at Albany with a Master of International Affairs. Spencer has returned to UConn to pursue her PhD in Political Science with concentrations in International Relations and Comparative Politics.