COLA Creates Industry Leader Advisory Council

New board will better connect liberal arts students to the business community and enhance the workforce pipeline.

Members of the new Industry Leader Advisory Council meet in the Tam Alumni Center. (Courtesy photo)

The College of Liberal Arts (COLA) has created the Industry Leader Advisory Council (ILAC) to advise the college on career and professional development programming for undergraduate students. Organizers began recruitment last fall, and the council officially kicked off in February.

“This council gives us a more direct connection to industry leaders who can help us enhance internships and career readiness initiatives for our students,” said Jenna Heath, director of student and community engagement, who helped to establish the council.

“The ultimate goal is to create a bridge to students’ successful careers after graduating from UNLV.”

The council has more than 20 members, representing various business sectors, including technology, entrepreneurship, human resources, government, management, law, counseling, and nonprofits, among others.

Through committee service, council members may act as mentors to students, speak to select classes, or serve as panelists for college events and programs, as well as participate in other engagement activities. Membership fees will fund internship scholarships for students in the COLA internship program.

For more information, visit the ILAC website or contact Heath at