Transforming Student Success

A new success center for humanities students is already helping them land internships and launch careers

Humanities Dean Hollis Robbins (left) cuts the ribbon at the Student Success Hub opening accompanied by Hub staff.

A new resource aimed at boosting job prospects for U students has officially opened its doors. The Student Success Hub, in the Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities building, is propelling students toward career success through a suite of resources, including internship, networking, career coaching, and advising services.

The Student Success Hub—or the Hub, as it is frequently called—is committed to bolstering the success and confidence of humanities students, ensuring they’re well-prepared for thriving careers after graduation, notes College of Humanities Dean Hollis Robbins. The Hub offers weekly internship workshops and opportunities to network with local companies, which is instrumental in securing post-graduation employment, adds Robbins. To date, the Hub and its coaches have assisted more than half of all humanities students in completing one or more internships, with over 40 percent of those internships leading directly to job placements.

“Our supporters have allowed us to dream big, and as a result, the Hub is already contributing to student success in transformative ways,” Robbins said at a ribbon cutting event celebrating the opening last fall. 

The Hub is a fun and welcoming space for students, featuring comfortable study areas, conference rooms, and The Bean Yard Coffee Shop, says Karen Marsh Schaeffer, the college’s director of student success and engagement. “The Hub gives a physical location to celebrate and support our students as we watch them thrive at the U,” notes Schaeffer. Additionally, the Hub is instrumental in facilitating learning abroad opportunities and hosting events to help students develop success strategies, while also serving as a gathering place for student organizations and collaborative events with the nearby Tanner Humanities Center.


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