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.