The first campus wide networking event, UTHSCSA Voices brought together more than 180 University of Texas Health Science Center students.
The goal of UTHSCSA Voices was to bring together the student community by showcasing inspirational stories from representatives of each of the five UT Health Science Center schools.
“Another goal of the event was to allow students to learn more about how each health profession works in the hopes of giving students a more holistic understanding of all health professions and sciences,” said Le’Keisha Johnson, the director of the Office of Student Life who helped planned the event.
During the event, two student presenters from each school (10 speakers total) spoke about their personal experience that led to to their chosen professions, as well as, the uniqueness of their schools and programs. In addition, eight students from each school served as table leaders to help facilitate networking during the dinner.
“The room was literally abuzz with engaging conversations shared over a
warm meal,” Johnson said.
School of Nursing—Tabitha Higgins & Xavier Grizelle
School of Dentistry—Marinee Cabrera & Casey Cazes
School of Health Professions—Ken Queliza & Gayle Tabotabo
School of Medicine—Mecklin Ragan & Tanner Campbell
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences—Ahsan Choudary & Jodie Gray
Following the event, many student attendees commented on how
much they enjoyed the event. The goal is to have events like this in the future. In the post event survey, over 68 percent of the attendees said that they were able to make valuable connections as a result of UTHSCSA Voices.
To see video coverage of the event, see below.
Dr. Teresa Evans (Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences); Charlotte Anthony (Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences); Nicole Trivino (School of Health Professions); and Le’Keisha Johnson (Office of Student Life), managed overall event logistics, advertising, and student prep for the event.