Best Practices

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    For the LGBTQ+ Community, Allyship Requires Action

    Although allyship with the LGBTQ+ community different for everyone, one thing is clear: It requires action.

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    AuthenTECH Leverages Staff to Help Advance Equitable Career Outcomes for Students

    Winner of NACE’s 2024 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Excellence Award for colleges, the Georgia Tech Career Center’s Georgia Tech’s AuthenTECH Partnership initiative leverages staff to provide population-specific resources, expand programming, and cultivate partnerships to advance equitable career outcomes.

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    Strategies for Advancing Pay Equity

    Recent data reveal that systemic barriers continue to limit progress on achieving pay equity for all—yet there are tangible, proven ways that career centers and employers can make an impact.

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    Gender Pay Gap: Tips for Employers to Ensure Their Salaries Are Equitable

    Consultant Katie Donovan offers tips for employers to eliminate the main causes of pay inequity for women, including that women are underpaid doing the same jobs as men and are underrepresented in leadership roles.

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    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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    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.

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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.

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    Supporting Women in Computing-Related Internships

    Due to their underrepresentation in the classroom and societal messaging around technology being a “masculine domain,” women in computer science often feel isolated and marginalized. A study demonstrates how women’s experiences in computing internships shape their future career decisions; the findings have implications for both career development professionals and employers who recruit entry-level talent.

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    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?

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    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.

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    Embracing Intersectionality Involves Making Personal Connections to See Value in Each Employee

    Diversity and inclusion have traditionally been about race and about sex, but we are all so much more than just what is visible, explains author, speaker, and social impact adviser Michele Sullivan.

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    Training, Intentionality, Accountability Key Elements of Building Inclusive Work Culture

    There are key steps that employers and colleges can take to ensure that their culture is inclusive, such as providing training, planning intentionally, and holding employees accountable, says MarTeze Hammonds, Ed.D.

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    The HBCU Experience

    Three members of NACE’s HBCU Affinity Group share their thoughts about and personal experiences with HBCUs.

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    Liberty Mutual’s Centralized DEI Team Provides Alignment, Clarity, and Operating Rhythm

    Liberty Mutual takes a very targeted approach to the sources of talent they try to attract, engage, and hire. This extends far beyond a traditional target school list.

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    Understanding Experiences Informs Recommendations for Working With, Recruiting LGBTQ+ Students

    NACE Brief: Understanding the Experiences and Attitudes of LGBTQ+ Students is free to NACE members. There are important—and troublesome—differences in pay, sense of belonging, and job offers that LGBTQ+ students experience during internships that impact their experience in the job search and employment, according to NACE’s newly released brief titled Understanding the Experiences and Attitudes of LGBTQ+ Students.

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    IBM Accelerate Reinvents Virtual Learning Opportunities for Underrepresented College Students

    After witnessing the impact that the pandemic had on early undergraduate students from underrepresented groups in the tech industry, IBM scaled up its early talent ID program.

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    Embracing Nontraditional Students Can Help Employers Create Diverse and Inclusive Workplace

    Many emerging professionals are turning to community colleges, vocational schools, and technical bootcamps to gain marketable skills.

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    Key Steps for Boosting Diversity Hiring of Interns

    There were gender and race disparities within the compositions of the 2020-21 intern cohort as the majority of students who take part in internships are men and identify as white, according to results of NACE’s 2022 Internship & Co-op Survey.

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    Workday Program Promotes Careers in Tech Fields to Women

    Launched in 2018 with a flagship two-day immersive conference, Workday’s “Future Females in Tech Engagement Program” helps women to build career confidence and make the connections they need to get started in the tech industry.

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    UC Berkeley Career Summit Connects Transfer Students, Employers

    The UC Berkeley Career Center’s annual transfer student career summit is a five-hour virtual event that was created to help connect transfer students, who are often overwhelmed when navigating career opportunities, and employers that are not aware of the value transfer students can bring to organizations.

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    Practices for Successfully Recruiting, Developing Students From HBCUs, PBIs

    There are several research-based practices employers can implement to achieve greater success in recruiting and developing interns from HBCUs and PBIs.

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    The Role of Career Development Professionals in the Black Talent Recruitment Process

    Employers are looking for help to attract and retain Black talent. Career services professionals can help them by sharing 16 strategies that will help them.

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    Op-Ed: Systematic Approach to College Affordability for International Students

    The internet is full of advice on how international students can lower the costs of their own education, but individual students aren’t going to solve this problem on their own through a personalized, piecemeal approach. Collective action is necessary. Stakeholders from the educational sector, financial world, and the business community must work together to create a unified system that works.

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    Career Considerations of LGBTQ Students

    College students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) experience unique challenges in the area of career preparation.

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    16 Actions for Shifting Culture to Support Black Employees

    There are specific actions that institutions and organizations can take to ensure that they create a culture that supports the personal and professional growth of Black individuals.

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    We Stand Together: Moving Ahead With Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    During a recent NACE Town Hall, panel members shared experiences and offered ideas for moving ahead with diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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    5 Career Services Professionals Offer a Starting Place for Addressing Racism

    How do we support students who have been marginalized or who may feel unsafe around law enforcement while also supporting employers in law enforcement?

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    The Importance of Language in Supporting DEI Efforts

    Language is a key element of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and can help or hinder efforts in this area.

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    Providing Support to “Onlies” in the Workplace and Remotely

    There are several key steps that organizations can take to best support “onlies” and provide a healthy space for them to excel at work.

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    The Benefits of Creating an Inclusive Work Culture

    An inclusive work culture mirrors the community the organization serves and yields many benefits for both the organization and its employees.

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    On the Cutting Edge: Building Culturally Aware Career Services Initiatives

    The Office of Career and Continuing Education at Florida Southern College developed and implemented the “Diversity in the Workplace” series to address student needs.

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    Reaping the Benefits of Doing D&I Right

    Expert and author Tony Byers cites research confirming that there are substantial benefits associated with having a diverse and inclusive workplace.

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    Creating a Culture of Understanding for the LGBTQ+ Community

    Initiative provides support and creates a culture of understanding for what it means to be a member of the LGBTQ+ community at a Catholic university.

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    Retaining Diverse Early Talent Not a “Check Box” Activity

    When developing a strategy for retaining early diverse talent, there are key steps for organizations to take and factors for them to consider to ensure these efforts are impactful.

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    Supporting Students With Disabilities in Their Job Searches

    Collaboration among campus offices is a critical aspect in supporting students with disabilities during their search for employment.

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    Considerations for Starting a Neurodiverse Hiring Program

    Key aspects of building an effective neurodiverse hiring program are having a sustained supply of candidates and getting buy in from within.

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    Inclusive Excellence

    Highlights from the NACE19 mega-session offer insight into how to make excellence inclusive.

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    The Effect Discrimination, Microaggressions Can Have on People of Color

    Not only can workplace discrimination and microaggressions have a negative impact on people of color in their careers, it can affect their mental health.

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    Addressing Challenges Students With Hearing Loss May Face During Pandemic

    Students with hearing loss may face challenges associated with communication that may be exacerbated during this pandemic, with requirements for wearing masks and physically distancing.

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    West Chester’s Connect and Learn Meet-Up Is a Sensory-Friendly Recruiting Event

    WCU’s career center and autism program developed a sensory-friendly event where differently abled students feel more comfortable and confident interacting with recruiters.

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    Program Supports Students Transitioning to College

    MI GEAR UP is a statewide program designed to provide support to students from high schools in low-income areas who are making the transition to college and throughout their first year there

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    Empower Retirement Moving Away From Assessing Candidates for “Fit”

    Empower Retirement is moving away from assessing candidates for “culture fit” by aligning values and providing hiring managers with interview questions and language.

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    Conscious Job Seeking: Assessing Employers’ Commitment to DEI

    There are questions that career services professionals can suggest their students ask recruiters to assess an organizations’ DEI priority and commitment.

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    Questions Students May Ask to Assess Your Organization’s Commitment to DEI

    Students may ask specific questions to assess your organization’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Be prepared to answer them.

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    Inclusive Leadership: 10 Steps to Creating an Inclusive Workplace

    Most organizations should look to address is their cultural landscape and homogenous culture. Senior leaders and recruiters can consider these 10 concrete ideas and practices that could positively impact creating an inclusive workplace and environment.

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    Challenges, Solutions for College Recruiting at HBCUs

    Visibility and the tiering of school partnerships are two of the challenges Historically Black Colleges and Universities face in attracting employers to recruit their students.

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    Tapping Into DREAMers to Bolster a Workforce

    Many businesses and organizations are unclear about their ability to hire DREAMers who have DACA or TPS. In fact, employers are able to hire a DREAMer just as they would a U.S. citizen.

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    Helping Native Students Actualize Solutions to the Challenges They Face

    By better understanding and accounting for the obstacles Native students face, career services and university relations and recruiting professionals can help them achieve their career goals.

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    Building Trust Helps Employers Build Connections to Tribal Colleges and Universities

    Building trust with TCUs and Native students and bridging gaps in areas of need will aid employers in their recruitment efforts.

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    Language a Key Component of Creating an Inclusive Workplace, Brand

    While many institutions and organizations have stepped up their inclusive communication—especially over the past year—some still fall short.

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    Program Helps First-Generation Students Build Confidence, Overcome Obstacles

    CSU Fullerton’s “I Am First” program addresses the specific needs of first-generation college students and prepares them for the challenges they face.

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    Building Relationships With HBCUs That Go Beyond “Scratch-the-Surface” Measures

    When one HBCU career practitioner is building relationships with employers, she is looking for authenticity, a shared sense of purpose, and impactful engagement opportunities for students and the university as a whole.

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    Culturally Intelligent, Diverse Leadership Keys to Recruiting, Retaining Diverse Employees

    Cultural intelligence may be the most important individual area of change for organizations that want to bolster their recruitment and retention of culturally diverse individuals.

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    Moving Beyond the Binary: Understanding Career-Related Issues and Concerns of Trans Students

    Sandra Buatti-Ramos offers a look at some of the bigger issues trans college students face in their job search and in the workplace; the goal is to provide career services professionals with insights that can help them think about how they can support their trans students in their career decision-making, job search, and career management.

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    Op-Ed: Building Partnerships to Support International Student Career Development

    It is critical that administrators and staff at colleges and universities foster an environment of inclusion and belonging for international students; for career development professionals in particular, this means making it clear to international students that their career development matters. One of the best ways to do this is by building a strong partnership between the career center and international student services.

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    Ways Career Practitioners Can Help Students Navigate Nuances of “Professionalism”

    Career services offices can help students develop their professionalism and navigate situations when “professional standards” may fuel and foster bias.

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    Examining Professionalism Through a DEI Lens

    The biggest challenge with “professionalism” is ensuring that all candidates and employees understand what it means within the context of the organization and their specific job function.

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    The Importance of Honoring Names: Perspectives and a Plea From an American of Asian Descent

    As employers continue to emphasize diversity, equity, and inclusion at the workplace, acts such as correctly pronouncing names becomes an increasingly important first step.

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    Presenting My Authentic Self

    Despite many employers advocating for employees to bring their authentic selves to work, employees that do so may still face hostility from coworkers due to this decision.

  64. Free to Be: Proactive Inclusion and Equity Efforts to Support Gender Identity and Expression in Professional Settings

    Employers and career services professionals should take a proactive approach to ensure their spaces are tangibly inclusive to a multitude of gender identities.

  65. Representation Matters

    Through diversity in entertainment, students from marginalized groups can discover many career options that they may not have otherwise considered.

  66. My Journey to Living Authentically

    The journey to living authentically both personally and professionally is not always a smooth one and can have a lasting impact on the mental health of those who make the decision to do so.

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    UNH Program Provides DEI Resources, Recognition for Its Employer Partners

    Part of the mission of UNH CaPS is to help employers establish or enhance employers’ work around diversity and inclusion by providing them with resources, consultation, and recognition.

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    Part 1: Digitizing Programs, Resources Can Be an Equalizer for Marginalized Students

    With student populations becoming more diverse, career centers need to change and adapt to their needs and be inclusive as they develop resources, opportunities, and programming.

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    Dell Changes Definitions, Works With Community Colleges to Be More Inclusive

    In response to the climate of racial injustice, Dell expanded its definition of recent graduate talent to engage underrepresented minorities.

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    Part 2: How to Create and Deliver Career Programs and Resources for Marginalized Students

    When creating programs, resources, and services for marginalized students, Stanford starts with identifying issues and needs through focus groups, research, and outcomes.

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    Wealth Impacts for Graduates of Career Development Programs

    Recent research suggests that career development programs that focus on key levers of economic mobility may play a critical role in reducing or eliminating racial wealth gaps for their participants.

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    Implementing Meaningful Measures to Hire, Retain, and Cultivate Diverse Talent in Higher Education

    To implement and foster an inclusive climate in higher ed, institutions need to create a culture of belonging, attract diverse talent at the entry level, and build intentional pathways to retain diverse talent.

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    Career Development for First-Generation Students

    A survey of 300 first-generation college students identified three skill sets that these students need for career success: relationship management; virtual work; and leadership skills.

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    Carolina Cluster Initiative Focuses on Career Readiness and Employer Engagement

    The Carolina Cluster forged a new model for career readiness and designed and implemented programs to improve employment outcomes for graduates.

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    Conagra Brands Works With ERGs to Bolster Diversity Recruiting Efforts

    Employee resource groups can be valuable tools for helping employers to bolster their diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, and to help with effective onboarding and retention.

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    Tracking Demographics Helps Career Centers Serve Total Student Population

    To best serve a total student body, it is incumbent upon career centers to evaluate exactly who is using their services and how they are promoting their services.

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    An Introduction to Successful Practices for Serving Trans Students

    College and university career services practitioners should continuously search for, review, and consider implementing practices that have proven successful in the service of trans students. This article serves as an introduction to successful practices.

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    Cigna Event Celebrates and Engages Its HBCU Alumni and Allies

    Cigna recently held a virtual event to increase awareness of HBCUs and spotlight the prominence and legacy of HBCUs in the Black community.