About us

Luna IdunateJennifer Luna is the director of the DiNitto Career Center at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work. She brings 17 years of experience in career development for 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.

Jennifer’s vision for the DiNitto Career Center is 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 Steve Hicks 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 Steve Hicks 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. Jennifer has presented nationally and regionally on a variety of social work career development topics.


Emma Hamilton is the Graduate Writing Consultant at the DiNitto Career Center. She is a doctoral candidate in the counseling psychology program at the University of Texas at Austin, and recently received her en-route Master’s degree. Emma’s research focuses on rehabilitation and reintegration among justice-involved individuals.

Emma has a penchant for writing! She has taught a research writing lab section at the University of Texas at Austin for over six semesters and is proficient in APA formatting. Emma has similarly published articles in peer-reviewed journals throughout her time in graduate school. She enjoys helping graduate social work students and recent graduates with all types of writing – personal statements, curriculum vitae, résumés and cover letters, case reports, literature reviews, and scientific writing/research papers. Emma is available for appointments on Steer Your Career.


John Harris is the DiNitto Career Center’s Graduate Events Coordinator. He is a MSSW student with a concentration in Clinical Social Work. Prior to his current role, John served as Program Coordinator for The Center for Students in Recovery, UT Austin Division of Student Affairs. His clinical interests lie in substance use and dual diagnosis, hospital social work, integrated health, and trauma-informed care.

John is visual artist, designer, and veteran arts educator of 16 years. He holds a Master of Education degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tufts University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.