Staff Spotlight: Asia Martin

Asia Martin is a graduate assistant in the Career & Professional Development department. The Siler City native earned her dual undergraduate degrees in Elementary Education and Spanish here at UNC Greensboro in 2018, and is now pursuing her masters degree in Student Affairs Administration and Higher Education. She is on track to graduate in May 2020.

What does the Student Affairs mission of “Engage, Empower, Enrich” mean to you?

“This mission has been a part of my own development as both a student and employee. I have experienced extensive professional growth from being a part of this Division and have felt full support from my office. This mission aligns with my own values of not only supporting students, but creating a diverse and inclusive community where they feel empowered to engage.”

How do you feel your department makes an impact on students?

“Starting out as a Federal Work-Study student, working at the front desk, to four years later being a graduate assistant for Career & Professional Development, I have only seen positive changes implemented for our students. We have made such a great transition in the services we offer, the resources we provide, and the relationships that we build with students, faculty, staff, and employers. To ensure that an impact is made on our students, we are eager to ask them for their personal feedback and experiences. When feedback is provided, we are sure to follow through with making the necessary changes to benefit our students.”

“UNC Greensboro is a beautiful campus full of diversity, inclusion, support, opportunity, growth, resources, and more. Diversity is not just showcased, but the campus community of students, faculty, and staff strongly represents this. Everyone is so willing to help and guide you in the right direction to achieve your successes. There is an engaging opportunity for development here. UNCG will become home for you, much like it has mine. Here, we really are a community.”

What is your favorite part of your job?

“My favorite part about my job is the relationships that I am able to build with students. In building these relationships, I am able to provide students with resources that allow them to feel empowered to accomplish their goals. I love that I am able to be transparent with my students and share my own experiences in finding my destination and reaching my goals. I find excitement in students who return for further assistance and follow up with me about their outcomes and successes. This proves to me that I am making an impact on students through my job.”

What are you most proud of during your time at UNCG so far?

“What I am most proud of after my five years here at UNCG is becoming the person I am today and continuing my education. I have grown so much because of the impact that this university, as a whole, has made on me. I look back and think about the career I thought I wanted to achieve – teaching – and by engaging on campus and seeking student employment in Career & Professional Development, I have found my way to Student Affairs and Higher Education. Much like the Student Affairs mission, I feel empowered to continue my goals of education and serving our student population.”

Career & Professional Development Director Nicole Hall says of Asia, “Asia joined CPD her freshman year and worked in the department throughout her undergraduate studies. We were thrilled when she enrolled in the Student Affairs in High Education Master’s Program. She provides 1:1 career coaching to students, facilitates career readiness workshops, conducts employer outreach and collaborates closely with the career development team to implement all resources and activities. Over the summer, Asia has played a critical role in two key projects: she was a strong contributor to recruiting efforts for the Part-Time Job Fair, helping the team to achieve unprecedented outcomes. In addition, she helped launch a new online mentoring platform, UNCG Making Connections, to connect students with alumni for career advice. Asia has exceptional interpersonal skills, problem solving abilities, and project management, and these skills coupled with being student-centric make her an asset to the field of Student Affairs.”

 

If you are interested in pursuing a career in Student Affairs, click here to learn more about our Careers in Student Affairs Conference. This half-day conference on Friday, September 20 will bring together undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff, and prospective doctoral students around the importance of a career in Student Affairs.