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Ivette leads a team of four career development professionals who offer programs, services, and resources to guide Rice students in pursuing their career goals. The team equips students with the skills and confidence needed to discover their interests and navigate their career journeys from college to graduation, and throughout their lives.

She is a motivated multicultural professional with 8+ years of experience developing and implementing instructional programming related to professional development, and a passion for helping people find and make their places in the world. Most recently, she served as the Co-Chair for the National Career Development Association (NCDA) International Student Services Committee (ISSC) from 2021-2023.

Ivette joined Rice in 2015 from the University Career Services at the University of Houston. She also served as a research assistant in varying fields of psychology including job satisfaction, employee well-being, stress overflow, and gender roles and differences. She holds a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology, a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Marketing and a Master’s of Education in Counseling. Ivette also brings an international perspective to the CCD as she speaks French, Spanish, and Arabic and attended international schools her entire life.


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