Featured Colleague: Maryam Khan Values Diversity at Valencia

By Dani Moritz-Long

In a world too often consumed by fear, Maryam Khan, coordinator, employment and onboarding, who also happens to be a Muslim-American, isn’t always greeted with open arms.

Luckily, this isn’t a problem at Valencia.

Here, Maryam explains, she always feels welcomed and included.

“The diversity and inclusivity of Valencia College has inspired me the most, and this is what enables me to wake up every day excited to come to a job that I love and a place where our leadership exemplifies the message of unity,” Maryam said. “One of the most profound statements came from Dr. Shugart when he said [in an open letter to the College community],We are Valencia. We embrace every learner, every colleague who chooses to join our learning community with respect and regard for others in the community.”

As both an alumna of the College and a current employee, Maryam is appreciative of Valencia College President Sandy Shugart’s message and his ongoing commitment to ensuring Valencia is truly a place of diversity and inclusion.

“Valencia signifies opportunity for a better future to the community,” said Maryam, who earned her associate degree in business management from Valencia before earning a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Central Florida.

She continued, “There are so many individuals in our community who would not be able to attend college due to many reasons, but Valencia has changed the game. Valencia has provided the opportunity for people to have a better future to give them a way to enable themselves to be and do better. Not only am I a proud Valencia employee, but I’m a proud Valencia alumni, as Valencia was the place that I was able to start my college education for a better future.”

Part of that better future, of course, includes working at the College — where Maryam puts her five years of experience in human resources to work.

At the College, Maryam is responsible for consulting with hiring managers and coordinating staffing activities, including advertising, recruitment, selection, hiring and related training. She collaborates with campuses, divisions and other partners to develop and execute specific onboarding programs and serves as the primary point of contact for job applicants.

“Not only is she dedicated to the employment processes with hiring managers, but she also has many activities outside the College that build on many inclusiveness practices,” explained her supervisor, Jennifer Page, director, employment and onboarding.

When she isn’t at work, you can find Maryam serving the community. Currently, she serves the Orlando Executive Council for the Council of American Islamic Relations, a non-profit organization that advocates for justice and mutual understanding and fights against discrimination and Islamophobia. She is also the director of community service for the Muslim Women’s Organization, a non-profit organization devoted to community service, philanthropy and professional development.

In her few moments of free time, you can find Maryam enjoying Orlando’s theme park gems. A self-described theme park fanatic, Maryam says she enjoys every opportunity to board a ride at Universal Orlando or Walt Disney World.

Know of someone who embodies one of Valencia’s Values (learning, people, diversity, access or integrity), who has been an employee for one year or more? Send the colleague’s name to us at The_Grove@valenciacollege.edu. He or she might be one of our featured colleagues, subject to supervisor’s approval.


  • Dan Suarez said:

    Maryam is a person that always has a smile on her face and a great attitude to have when at Valencia. Great recognition!

    PMTue, 17 Jan 2017 13:19:51 +0000Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:19:51 +0000pm17,1:19 pm

  • Jennifer Page said:

    Maryam, glad you are on the employment team!

    PMTue, 17 Jan 2017 20:41:41 +0000Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:41:41 +0000pm17,8:41 pm

  • Chris Thalasinos said:

    Maryam made me feel very welcome as I started working here! She is always helpful and cheerful and quick to answer any questions I have about the hiring process.
    Thank you Maryam

    AMWed, 18 Jan 2017 06:25:16 +0000Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:25:16 +0000am17,6:25 am

  • Bobbi Willoughby said:

    Great working with you Maryam! Congrats on the feature article!

    AMWed, 18 Jan 2017 07:33:42 +0000Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:33:42 +0000am17,7:33 am

  • Jeff Nardo said:

    Maryam is an outstanding, valued partner of the Compensation Team who always approaches every situation with professionalism, tact, and commitment to customer service.

    AMWed, 18 Jan 2017 08:22:41 +0000Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:22:41 +0000am17,8:22 am

  • Melanie Rodriguez said:

    It's been such a pleasure working with you Maryam! You are great team player, professional, and very knowledgeable in your work in HR! Congrats on being our featured colleague! =)

    AMWed, 18 Jan 2017 09:22:10 +0000Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:22:10 +0000am17,9:22 am

  • Val SanMarco said:

    Maryam is a great partner !! Love her commitment and positive attitude.
    Congrats on the article !

    AMWed, 18 Jan 2017 09:28:26 +0000Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:28:26 +0000am17,9:28 am

  • Melissa Pedone said:

    Maryam is an amazing asset to Valencia. I am so thankful for all of the effort that she puts into supporting the math departments on all of the campuses. Thank you Maryam!!

    AMWed, 18 Jan 2017 10:38:49 +0000Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:38:49 +0000am17,10:38 am

  • Liz Suarez said:

    Maryam is a role model to follow and her talent is invaluable! A pleasure to partner with in ODHR. Congratulations on the article and Thank you for your partnership!

    AMWed, 18 Jan 2017 11:44:17 +0000Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:44:17 +0000am17,11:44 am

  • Alli Khan said:

    Congrats to my wonderful Daughter's accomplishments

    PMWed, 18 Jan 2017 13:27:25 +0000Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:27:25 +0000pm17,1:27 pm

  • Becky Hopkins said:

    Maryam, it is an absolute pleasure working with you. You are so knowledgeable, kind and helpful. Thank you.

    PMWed, 18 Jan 2017 15:07:44 +0000Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:07:44 +0000pm17,3:07 pm

  • Ruth Ridore said:

    I'm very fortunate to have Maryam as part of the Campus HR Team. Her insight is invaluable and she is always efficient, flexible and willing to adapt to whatever comes her way. Thanks so much for your contributions to the campus team!

    PMWed, 18 Jan 2017 15:13:35 +0000Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:13:35 +0000pm17,3:13 pm

  • amy bosley said:

    Maryam, what a wonderful feature! You are a blessing to our team – you are an excellent partner both inside and outside of ODHR. Thank you for all you do – not sure what we'd do without you!

    PMWed, 18 Jan 2017 16:23:37 +0000Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:23:37 +0000pm17,4:23 pm

  • Laura Skelton said:

    Maryam is always very approachable and friendly. I remember her call over a year ago when I was first hired here! I automatically felt welcomed. She's a great part of the Valencia team, she makes you feel welcomed and is always smiling. Congrats Maryam, the recognition is well deserved! 🙂

    PMWed, 18 Jan 2017 16:55:01 +0000Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:55:01 +0000pm17,4:55 pm

  • Maryam Khan said:

    Thank you everyone! Such a blessing to work at Valencia and with all of you!

    AMThu, 19 Jan 2017 09:50:06 +0000Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:50:06 +0000am17,9:50 am

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