With no university or community connections, Alexis Guerra secured a job with technology leader Tesla before her April 2018 graduation. Although an independent pursuit, she was proud to use the leadership skills she learned at UM-Dearborn.
The human resource management student has a tenacious spirit that has been instrumental in her success at the university.
“I have always been taught to put 110 percent into everything that I am passionate about,” she said.
On campus, Guerra has served as treasurer and CFO of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). Her commitment to SHRM has been instrumental in preserving the values and essence of the organization.
“Alexis has been CFO of the organization for three years, bringing much-needed stability to successive presidents and being a one-person conduit of knowledge from one administration to the next,” said Assistant Professor Junghyun (Jessie) Lee.
In addition to her leadership position in SHRM, Guerra has been an active member of Phi Mu Fraternity, the Love Your Melon organization and the UM-Dearborn cheer team. She has created a career-readiness program to help high school students learn about developing career paths using LinkedIn and has used several in-class opportunities to connect her human resources coursework with SHRM—for example, for one in-class project, she scheduled interviews between SHRM members and local human resources professionals.
“Being involved on campus has helped me figure out who I truly want to be when I leave the University of Michigan-Dearborn,” Guerra said. “The people along the way have helped me turn into the best version of myself. And the lifelong friendships I have made with my peers and the faculty will forever hold a special place in my heart.”