Tanya Rosen Jones
Dana Hamdan has been hired as executive director of the Career Development Center after serving in the position in an interim capacity during the 2018–19 school year.
As director, Hamdan will collaborate on the implementation of recommendations made by the Academic and Administrative Program Review last year. Many of these recommendations involve better preparing Oberlin students for their professional lives after graduation and will directly impact the career center’s role on campus.
“Oberlin is at an exciting crossroads, and the One Oberlin report has created a blueprint for innovative connections,” Hamdan wrote in an email to the Review. “I look forward to the opportunity to connect students’ co-curricular and curricular experiences. I also want to continue building on Oberlin’s ethos of Obies helping Obies by building seamless connections among the PAL program, SOAR, and Career Communities to propel all students forward.”
President Carmen Twillie Ambar is confident in Hamdan’s ability to leverage the existing functions of the Career Development Center to positively impact students’ lives at Oberlin and beyond.
“Dana has already demonstrated her ability to build programs, collaborate across the College, and engage students,” Ambar wrote in an email to the Review. “As the executive Director of the Career Development Center, she will be a dynamic and innovative leader who will make the CDC a springboard for launching Oberlin grads into meaningful and rewarding careers by connecting their academic work to internship experiences.”