Spotlight on Clubs: HATA (NYC)
Learn more about Pace's Hospitality and Tourism Association, a group dedicated to providing opportunities for students to become future business leaders and entrepreneurs in hospitality and tourism.
Hospitality and Tourism Association (HATA) was created on the NYC Campus to provide hospitality and tourism management students the opportunity to gain value-added educational experience beyond their coursework, and as a medium for all other students interested in hospitality and tourism to gain a better knowledge of the field. But HATA isn’t just for hospitality majors! In this Q&A with HATA Vice President Earleen Gonzalez, she shares how students from nearly all fields can relate to hospitality and grow from experience in the organization.
Meeting times: Bi-weekly on Mondays during Common Hour, which is 12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m.
Unofficial Club motto: Happiness in hospitality
Your club in a few words: Opportunity and networking
Q: What is something you’d like students to know about your club?
A: There’s so much more to hospitality than just what people might think. A lot of the time, people think hospitality mainly consists of restaurants and hotels, but it is much broader than that. There are so many different fields, and hospitality caters to pretty much everyone. Any field can apply to the hospitality industry, and I really want everyone else to know that. There is room for everybody in our group.
Q: What is something unique about your organization?
A: We work with a hospitality director who comes to every meeting and every event that we do. She is a professor and the hospitality director at Pace, and she is very involved. You can talk to her about anything, she knows so much about hospitality, and she has so many connections. That really sets us apart. We also have two hospitality professors who come to our meetings as well, so we are very supported by Pace faculty and staff.
Q: What’s the best part about being in HATA?
A: Networking with people in the industry and the opportunity to talk to these people rather than sitting in a lecture hall listening to them share their stories. You get to know them and they engage with the students at our meetings.
Q: What are your club’s goals?
A: Reach out to more students in a variety of majors, have more consistency in attendance at meetings, and eventually have our own hospitality career fair.
Q: Do you have any events coming up?
A: On Monday, April 3, from 12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m. in Civic W511, Hornblower Cruises will be visiting and sharing part-time and full-time job opportunities in all departments.
On Monday, April 17, from 12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m. in Civic W511, the Beekman Hotel staff will visit for students to learn more about the new boutique hotel located near One Pace Plaza.
On Monday, April 24, from 12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m. in Civic Y35, the Convene Conference Center will be coming to the HATA meeting looking for summer 2017 interns. Learn more about the opportunities available.
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