“Do it afraid. What’s the worst that could happen, really?” Q&A with Saskia Clay-Rooks and Raechel Timbers (George Mason University)
On Tuesday, November 28 (12 p.m. EST), Saskia Clay-Rooks and Raechel Timbers from George Mason University will return (by popular demand!) to share their work with various identity groups during their EACE webinar, “Moving from Diversity to Inclusion: One Career Center’s Journey.”
As we prepare to welcome them back, we caught up with Saskia and Raechel to get to know them and their work a little better.
What do you do in your current position?
Raechel: As the Associate Director for Student Professional Development, my role is to help students identify and practice the skills they need to be successful in a job or internship. In order to do this, I do programming around career readiness for Mason students (e.g. our Mason Career Readiness Conference), work with our division of University Life on career readiness initiatives for student employees (e.g. our student employee rubric evaluation and student employee workshop series) and I focus on the career readiness of our student employees/Peer Career Advisors.
Saskia: Whatever Raechel tells me to do, AND maintain success of a career center nationally recognized for its industry-focused approach to student advising and employer relations. Also, provide direction and support to a 20-person staff in accordance with a shared vision and strategic plan to prepare and connect career-ready students for postgraduate success.
What’s one fun fact that we should all know about you?
Raechel: I have met one US president and even been to the bowling alley within the White House!
Saskia: A few years ago, I had the great opportunity to spend the summer on staff with Semester at Sea (in a career development focused position)— visiting 7 countries throughout the Mediterranean.
Your session was a hit at the EACE Conference in June! What prompted you to create this session?
Raechel: Many career services professionals know that diversity and inclusion efforts for students as well as employers are important, but it can be intimidating to figure out where to start or to think you need to be an expert in the topic to get started. We wanted to show that it is possible to make a positive impact regardless of your role within the office and show our process so other folks could adapt it for their office.
Saskia: To encourage and equip allies at other institutions similarly committed to diversity and inclusion work.
Outside of work, what are some of your favorite things to do?
Raechel: Nerd out on podcast (right now I am really into Lore and Stuff you missed in History Class), binge watch Friday Night Lights, Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and spend time with my husband and daughter.
Saskia: Be a kid again with my 1 and 3 year old.
What is the best advice you ever received?
Raechel: Saskia likes to say you can network or you can not work. I think that is a GREAT piece of advice for students and professionals!
Saskia: Do it afraid. What’s the worst that could happen, really?
If you missed their presentation during conference, you won’t want to miss it now! Join us on Tuesday, November 28, 12 p.m. EST.