HTI Early Career Orientation Program

HTI began the Early Career Orientation program with a generous grant provided by the Lilly Endowment Inc.

Testimonials

José Francisco Morales Torres

José Francisco Morales Torres

Assistant Professor of Latinx Studies, Chicago Theological Seminary

“HTI’s ministry is that of acompañamiento. For decades, HTI was journeying with us through our doctoral studies. Now, with ECO, HTI continues alongside us as we navigate the at-times, terrifying, first steps into our academic careers.  Stepping into my new faculty post, I am ever grateful for the ECO mentors and peers. Led ably and compassionately by mentors with years of experience, this HTI program for new faculty poured new life into me. The ECO created a place for us to share fears and hopes, concerns, and joys.  I am now living in my call to teach with boldness and courage, thanks to HTI and its ECO. I am eternally grateful.  HTI ¡gracias!”

Aizaiah Yong

Aizaiah Yong

Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Pastoral Care, Pacific School of Religion

“I have been extremely grateful for being invited to participate in the ECO program at HTI. As a junior Latino scholar, it has been invaluable to find community, learn from mentors, and be resourced materially and spiritually from the HTI collective. I look forward to the ways I can pay it forward in the future to others and encourage the spirit of En Conjunto within the academy and beyond!”

Jennifer Owens-Jofré

Jennifer Owens-Jofré

Assistant Professor of Latinx Theology and Cultures, Director of the Latinx Studies Program, Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, TX

“The ECO was incredibly beneficial to me.  The advice the presenters gave was very practical, the kind of thing I could apply at work this week.  And being in community with other rising Latinx scholars, even in the Zoom format, was a much-needed breath of fresh air.”

Stephanie Mota Thurston

Stephanie Mota Thurston

Visiting Professor, Wake Forest University

“The ECO with HTI was an incredibly impactful (virtual) gathering for me during a time of transition from my Ph.D. program to a postdoctoral position. We shared practical wisdom during this time and created a space for discernment about our respective vocations. As is always the case with HTI gatherings, I felt deeply cared for and a genuine spirit of solidarity with my colleagues and mentors.”