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The Najim Center for Innovation and Career Advancement

 Student Centered | Inclusive | Innovative | Collaborative

Who We Are

“A Center for the students by the students”  

The mission of the Najim Center for Innovation and Career Advancement is to create experiential learning opportunities for all UTSA students to gain direct experience with issues and challenges affecting their community and provide students with transportable skills through high impact programming and projects.   

What We Believe

We are setting the standard in experiential learning by engaging and connecting our students to innovative programing and project management that drives discovery and equips them with knowledge, skills, and the confidence necessary to ignite change in the world.     

 Who We Serve 

At the Najim Center, we celebrate students of all identities as we create an environment for individuals to feel confident in their journey to career exploration. We promote open and honest innovative spaces for ALL students at UTSA and partner with faculty, staff, and industry partners who embrace inclusiveness.  

Our Goals

  1. Students will learn how to use design thinking to solve real world issues 
  2. Students will work in diverse cohorts to encourage cross collaboration within interdisciplinary majors. 
  3. Students will develop transportable skills to help leverage experiential learning opportunities that hone their career readiness 

Become a Najim Strategist

Najim Strategist

Najim Strategist will have the opportunity to work on real world issues that, both domestic and global organizations are facing. Help startups, corporations and nonprofits identify innovative ways to solve their issues by way of project management.

By choosing to be a Najim Strategist you will gain hands on experience and know how to collaborate in a team setting with students, faculty, staff, and local businesses across all types of industries with students from all disciplines.

Apply to be a Najim Strategist Today!

Career Advancement Summit Testimonials

Thank you for organizing an extraordinary summit and also to the facilitators for their varied sessions. I had a great time learning, and I look forward to subsequent sessions! - Ejiro Amadasun, Early Childhood/Elementary Education Graduate Student

I was excited about the opportunity that each member of my group represented a different background and perspective, so you did not fall into group think. - Adriana Alvarado-Rivera, MBA Student



Meet the Team


Hugh Stevens 
Executive Director


Rachael Fletcher 
Senior Associate Director of Experiential Learning


Erica N. Clark 
Associate Director of Innovation and Career Advancement
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