Recruit Illini

Recruiter's Forum 2024The Recruiter’s Forum is meticulously crafted to empower recruiters with innovative strategies and solutions for enhanced student engagement. It serves as a nexus for employers to exchange insights, fostering a collaborative environment that elevates recruiting practices, especially at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Attendees will immerse themselves in a dynamic ecosystem, gaining access to optimized recruiting tools and building meaningful relationships across the University.


Equity is an essential element for employers seeking to build diverse, inclusive, and high-performing teams. Upholding equitable practices involves granting equal opportunities to all, regardless of a candidate’s background, race, gender, or socioeconomic status. This not only cultivates fairness but also unlocks the potential of a more extensive talent pool, resulting in enhanced innovation and the introduction of fresh new perspectives.

8:30 a.m. Check-in and Continental Breakfast

Career Services Showcase
Explore the array of employer resources by our career service partners from various colleges and campus units. Tables will be open until 10:40 a.m

9:15 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

  • Jordari Rene, Assistant Director, Employer Relations and Professional Connections, The Career Center
  • Un Yeong Park, Associate Director, Professional Connections and Assessment, The Career Center; Chair, Career Services Community, UIUC

9:30 a.m. Welcome to UIUC: Campus Insights
Learn about Illinois student enrollment, demographics, Illini Success, and employer engagement.

  •  Brian Neighbors,  Associate Director of Student Experience, School of Labor and Employer Relations

10:00 a.m. Morning Keynote Panel: Equity Beyond Outcomes brought to you by the Office of Corporate Relations

  • Rep 1: Sean Garrick, Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Rep 2: Dr. Eugene Moore, iSchool Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Rep 3: Dr. Mackenzie Alston, Assistant Professor of Finance, Gies College of Business
  • Rep 4: Chang-kyu Kwon, Assistant Professor, Educational Policy and Organizational Leadership, College of Education

10:30 a.m. Break

10:40 a.m. Morning Breakout Sessions

Session 1: Let’s Be Real— Crafting Authentic Recruiting Practices and Insights
 Angela Foster, Director of System Human Resource Services, University of Illinois Systems 

Session 2: The Destigmatization of International Student Recruitment: Through the Lens of F and J work authorization

  • Bree Singleton, International Student Advising Specialist, International Student and Scholar Services
  • Scarlette Matinez, Assistant Director, International Student and Scholar Services

11:40 a.m. Student-led Career Services Panel and Lunch
Gain valuable insights and perspectives on career services and employer engagement from Illinois students representing LAS, Grainger, iSchool, LER, ACES, and Gies.

1:00 p.m. Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Session 3: Hiring and Supporting Neurodiverse Employees

  • Jeanne Kramer, Director of Neurodiversity Initiative, Family Resiliency Center at ACES 

Session 4: A.I. Ethics—Emerging Technology for Recruitment Needs

  • Dr. Haylee Min, Assistant Professor, School of Labor and Employment Relations

2:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker

Beyond the Pipeline: Fostering Inclusive Career Pathways in the Workplace

  • Katie Gaebel, Ph.D., Director of People and Culture, cfm Distributors Inc. 

3:15 p.m. Closing Remarks

  • Jordari Rene, Assistant Director, Employer Relations and Professional Connections, The Career Center


Recruiter’s Forum | 2024 Committee

  • Jordari Rene, Assistant Director, Employer Relations and Professional Connections, The Career Center, Co-Chair
  • Allison Frees-Williams, Disability Resources Career Development Coordinator, DRES Career Services, Co-Chair
  • Kimberlee Corbin, Assistant Director for Employer Connections and Community Outreach, LAS Career Services, Member
  • Tiffany Johnson, Engineering Career Service Coordinator, Engineering Career Services, Member
  • John Mahlmeister, Senior Career Coordinator, Engineering Career Services, Member
  • Kelly Nowlin, Recruiting Coordinator/Administrative Aid, SCS Career Services, Member
  • Russell Zillman, Campus Recruiting Assistant, GIES Career Services, Member