About us

Luna IdunateJennifer Luna Jackson is the director of the DiNitto Center for Career Services. She brings 17 years of experience in career development for the School of Social Work students and alumni seeking employment in the nonprofit, for profit and public services sector. Her career spans across a broad spectrum of  practice areas, including social work in traditional, non-traditional, and educational settings.

This is Jennifer’s vision for the DiNitto Center for Career Services:

“To be a leading, comprehensive, nationally recognized social work career services center committed to delivering the highest level of innovative services to students, alumni and employers. These services are intended to positively influence the status of the profession of social work, the School of Social Work, and The University of Texas at Austin.”

Jennifer has a master’s degree in social work with a concentration in administration and planning. Her experience includes serving as the director of social work career services at The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work from its inception in 1995. She is an active participant of the National Career Development in Social Work Education Group, National Association of Social Workers, and the Coalition for Careers in the Non-Profit Sector. For over ten years, Jennifer has presented nationally and regionally on a variety of social work career development topics.

Jennifer Luna Jackson
Director, DiNitto Center for Career Services
Phone: (512) 475-8131
Fax: (512) 471-9600
E-Mail: jlunajackson@austin.utexas.edu

Ana López
Ana López is the senior graduate assistant at the DiNitto Center for Career Services. As the events coordinator for the center, Ana works with career coaches in the community to put on career exploration and career development workshops and other events.  Ana moved to Austin from Colorado to attend the UT School of Social Work, where she will take her MSSW in August. Her professional interests include mental health, crisis intervention, child development, and trauma-informed care. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, music and exploring all the great things Austin has to offer.

 

 

 

Not Louis Haling

 

Louis Haling is a graduate assistant at the DiNitto Center for Career Services and current MSSW student at the School of Social Work. As employer recruitment coordinator, Louis provides outreach to human services and non-traditional employers to promote DCCS services and increase job opportunities for students and alumni of the School of Social Work.  He moved to Austin from Chicago, IL, where he worked as a mental health counselor and research coordinator. His professional interests include mental health, crisis intervention, and the history of psychology. In his free time, he enjoys exploring Texas and reading.

 

Laura Thain

 

 

Laura Thain is the graduate writing coordinator for the School of Social Work and a current PhD candidate in the Department of English specializing in rhetoric and writing. As the writing coordinator, Laura provides one-on-one consultations and writing workshops to graduate students in the School of Social Work.  In her free time, she enjoys tinkering with machines and mountain biking.  Laura also teaches courses in English, rhetoric, and pedagogy at UT.