Equity

What is Equity?

The term “equity” refers to fairness and justice and is distinguished from equality: Whereas equality means providing the same to all, equity means recognizing that we do not all start from the same place and must acknowledge and make adjustments to imbalances. The process is ongoing, requiring us to identify and overcome intentional and unintentional barriers arising from bias or systemic structures.

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NACE Research Supporting Equity in the Workplace

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The NACE Diversity Graduate Profile Report provides diversity data for Class of 2021 college graduates based on academic major, institution, gender, race, and ethnicity, and median salary (where reported). Purchase one now and download it immediately.

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See how NACE and its members are advocating for equity and implementing it around the country.

  1. A diverse group of young professionals.
    Preferences for Job/Organization Attributes and Benefits Differ by Race and Gender

    When it comes to the attributes of a job and an organization and the benefits the organization offers, there are some differences in student preferences by race and gender.

  2. A woman programming on a computer.
    Insights for Supporting Women in Computing-Related Internships

    Women remain underrepresented in computer science majors and careers. Two researchers conducted a study to see how women in computing experience and make sense of their internships, and how their internship experiences shape their future career plans.

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    Understanding How Black Women Navigate Their Careers Using Funds of Knowledge

    A study found that mentorship, community, biculturalism, and resilience are crucial resources and skills that Black women can use to advance their careers.

  4. Two HBCU students on campus.
    Communication, Trust the Foundation of Strong Relationships Between HBCUs, Employers

    As HBCUs are a key source of high-quality, diverse talent for employers, there are benefits for both institutions and organizations in developing successful partnerships.

  5. A smiling group of students.
    Ensuring Students With Disabilities Can Access Your Workplace and Thrive Once There

    To foster a truly diverse and inclusive workplace, employers should expand their DEI efforts to encompass what is increasingly being referred to as DEIA—or diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

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    Reimagining Graduate Student Professional Development as an Inclusion, Equity, and Innovation Driver

    Evangeline “Eva” Kubu, Princeton University, explores how to address long-standing systems and practices to ensure all Ph.D. students have equitable access to comprehensive professional development.

  7. The Impact of Career Services on Women Pursuing Tech Careers
    The Impact of Career Services on Women Pursuing Tech Careers

    This study, a collaboration between NACE and Break Through Tech, provides evidence that career services can help level the playing field for women pursuing STEM careers.

  8. A person in a wheel chair enters a conference room.
    Tap Into Resources for National Disability Employment Awareness Month and Beyond

    As October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, several organization offer resources about disability inclusion for employers and career services offices to use now and throughout the year.

  9. Graphs showing the results of NACE's latest quick poll.
    Fall 2023 Affirmative Action and Internship Quick Poll

    As we enter the new school and recruiting season, NACE is conducting a Fall Quick Poll. The focus of our poll is on two important issues– the impact the end of Affirmative Action is having on our work and state of unpaid internships.

  10. A woman examines an uneven stack of coins indicative of the widening gender pay gap.
    What Can Be Done to Shrink the Widening Gender Pay Gap?

    Early data from a forthcoming NACE study indicate that the gender pay gap has widened over the past year, with female graduates now earning just 72 cents to every dollar earned by male graduates, down from around 81 cents.

  11. A group of recruiters with their hands together.
    URR PROFESSIONALS HAVE UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO POSITIVELY IMPACT PEOPLE’S LIVES

    Some of the rewarding aspects of being a URR professional include changing people’s lives and providing a seat at the table for many who may not have been historically represented.

  12. Two people shaking hands.
    Look Around, Lean In, and Level Up: Creating Strong Partnerships With HBCUs and PBIs

    What are some key considerations and steps for employers to take to create long-lasting, mutually beneficial partnerships with HBCUs and PBIs?

  13. A group of black women in professional attire.
    CULTURAL WEALTH, SOCIAL CAPITAL, AND CAREER OUTCOMES: BLACK ALUMNAE IN A MINORITY-SERVING INSTITUTION

    A study at a minority-serving institution uncovers aspects of social and cultural capital that contribute to the college-to-career transition of Black undergraduate women.

  14. A group of job applicants waiting for an interview.
    LACK OF CONCEPTUAL CLARITY ABOUT DEI&B AND ITS DESIGNATED LEADERSHIP SLOWS PROGRESS

    Interviews with diversity, talent, and industry experts revealed confusion, conflation, and a general lack of conceptual clarity around fundamental differences in DEI& B in their organizations.

  15. A group of diverse women.
    GAUGING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF FORMAL DIVERSITY RECRUITING EFFORTS

    Slightly more than 85% of employers reported having formal diversity recruiting goals, according to NACE’s 2022 Recruiting Benchmarks Report, but how effective are these efforts?

  16. An illustration of a person trying to climb a ladder towards a graduation cap.
    CREATING EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE: PROVIDING SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS FACING FINANCIAL INSECURITIES

    At the University of Cincinnati, students facing financial constraints can access a grant designed to enable them to engage in career-focused courses.

  17. A group of professionals evaluate their organization's equity efforts.
    CONDUCTING EFFECTIVE EQUITY AUDITS REQUIRES ASKING HARD QUESTIONS, PLANNING TO ADDRESS FINDINGS

    Research conducted by NACE and The Center for the Study of HBCUs underscores how important it is for companies to conduct audits to assess gaps and inequities in their recruiting efforts.

  18. An intern working at his internship.
    Alumni Gift Will Grow W&M Funding for Unpaid, Underpaid Internships

    A new $1 million gift supporting career development at William & Mary will triple the number of students annually who can receive university funding for unpaid and underpaid internships.

  19. A group of people places all of their hands on top of one another.
    The Importance of Belonging: How to Create and Find It in the Workplace

    Chelsea C. Williams, founder and CEO of Reimagine Talent Co., defines “belonging” as a feeling that people have when they are seen, valued, protected, and respected. “While, ultimately, individuals determine and define their sense of belonging, I do believe there are steps we can take to build for belonging,” Williams adds.

  20. A group of college students sit together.
    Skills-based Hiring and Networking Encourages Nontraditional Candidates to Apply for Jobs

    When employers consider skills and practice skills-based hiring and skills-based networking, they bring in a more diverse slate of candidates from non-traditional backgrounds, says Asha Aravindakshan.