Florida International University hosted U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary of Administration Cheryl Campbell on Dec. 1. Campbell's visit included touring the facilities at FIU and informing students of opportunities with the HHS.
Campbell is a top HHS official whose résumé includes broad oversight in provisioning and managing the department’s human resources. She is passionate about reaching university students interested in a career of service, especially those from minority-serving institutions, as she claimed during her visit.
"It's not just enough to be invited to the party but to actually have a place at the table," Campbell stated. "This is the level of diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility HHS strives for."
Campbell had a fireside chat with FIU Trustee and alumna Chanel T. Rowe JD’14, who discussed student opportunities at HHS.
Rowe said, "Working for the federal government is a phenomenal opportunity that helped shape my own career. In organizing this visit, part of the goal was to expose HHS to the rich diversity of talent and skills that our students can offer their workforce and expose students to the various career opportunities at HHS, which goes far beyond medicine to include multiple disciplines."
In front of a packed crowd, Campbell discussed with Rowe how HHS is working to create a workforce that fosters diversity of the nation and encouraged students to pursue careers in the federal government.
She drew on personal anecdotes of working in the private sector and transitioning over to public work, providing students with key insight for their future careers. Students asked many questions pertaining to public health, mental health, and the many opportunities that exist within the federal government.