Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Career Resources

The Career Center acknowledges career development is a social justice issue. We make an impact in how we teach, support, and empower our students as professionals, as citizens, and as leaders. We strive to help every student understand how their actions, assumptions and implicit biases impact the whole of a workplace, industry and our society.

We strive to foster relationships with employers committed to inclusive and diverse hires, to help members of minority groups get access to information on career skills, workshops and events, employment opportunities, and continued education.

Compiled below are a few resources to help you get started. This is not an exhaustive list, but a beginning. Resources also include information on policies and laws aimed towards maintaining workplace equality based on a number of different identities. While not all identities are protected by federal or state laws, it is important to be knowledgeable on your rights and examples of workplace discrimination.

Students of Color

  • National Urban League Employment Network: Site dedicated exclusively to diversity recruitment locally and nationwide.
  • Diversity Employers: Provides resources for jobs with employers who are committed to diversity.
  • SEO: Seizing Every Opportunity: For over 50 years, SEO has been an innovator in education, mentorship, positive peer pressure, high standards, and networks to turn untapped potential into newfound greatness.
  • MLT:Launched in 2002, MLT is a nonprofit organization that is transforming the career and life trajectories of a new generation of diverse leaders – while expanding the talent pipelines at more than 100 leading businesses, social-sector organizations, and universities.
  • Black Alumni Council: Supports the professional and personal development of Washington University black alumni, assists the university in the recruitment and retention of African-American students, and enhances the continued growth and development of the university as an exemplary institution.
  • National Society of Black Engineers: Society to support Black engineering students and professionals for training, mentoring, career placement and scholarships.
  • National Association of Asian American Professionals: Provides Asian & Pacific Islanders professional development, community service and networking opportunities.
  • Washington University Asian Alumni Network (WUAAN): Supports Asian and Asian-American alumni. WUAAN focuses on three primary activities: providing ongoing opportunities for the personal and professional development of both alumni and students; advocacy for issues relevant to the Asian and Asian-American communities affiliated with WashU— in student life or university affairs; and facilitating engagement with the greater Asian and Asian-American communities outside of WashU through service and philanthropy.
  • iHispano: Provides the Latino community with a trusted professional network, which pairs members with employers who are serious about building a diverse workforce.
  • Latpro: Provides employment opportunities specifically for Latino and bilingual workers.
  • Elivade: Elivade is a career community for people of color. Students can join thousands of diverse professionals and peers to discuss career development, gain access to career-related resources and opportunities, and foster peer-to-peer mentorship opportunities to grow in their respective career fields.
  • Eckford Mentorship Group: This virtual community connects black youth to black professionals across the nation. Through impactful virtual meetings with a mentor, students gain exposure to career opportunities, receive help in goal formation, and learn what it is like to be a black professional in a variety of industries
  • AIBL: The mission of the American Indian Business Leaders organization is to increase the representation of American Indians and Alaska Natives in business and entrepreneurial ventures through education and leadership development opportunities.
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs: This bureau provides services directly or through contracts, grants, or compacts to 574 federally recognized tribes with a service population of about 1.9 million American Indian and Alaska Natives.
  • EPIC: Empowering Pacific Islander Communities hopes to promote social justice by engaging Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities through culturally relevant advocacy, research, and leadership development.

International Students

  • GoinGlobal: Helps job and internship seekers find opportunities both at home and abroad. GoinGlobal’s H1B Plus database provides millions of visa application listings for American employers seeking to hire international talent in the United States.
  • Immihelp : Articles and information on immigration and life as an international student.
  • Office of International Students and Scholars – Employment & Training: The status-specific resource pages provide comparisons of the types of employment for which F-1 and J-1 students may be eligible, depending on each student’s individual circumstances. Always consult an international student adviser at the Office for International Students and Scholars before accepting any job offer or starting employment.
  • Check out the Career Center’s Four Year Plan for International Students for a list of helpful things to do while attending WashU.

Students with Disabilities

  • Ability Jobs: Provides job postings dedicated to people with disabilities.
  • Lime Connect: A global not-for-profit organization that’s rebranding disability through achievement.
  • US Department of Labor: Government resources on laws, policies and programs for individuals with disabilities.
  • Workplace Fairness: FAQ for non-discrimination and anti-harassment work policies and practices.
  • Starkloff Disability Institute: Offers people with disabilities unique opportunities to start, grow and advance in their professional career.
    • JAN: The Job Accommodation Network is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on job accommodations and disability employment issues.
    • NBDC: The National Business & Disability Council (NBDC) at The Viscardi Center provides organizations with the tools and resources to align their mission and goals with sustainable strategy that empowers the workforce, consumers and the disability community.
    • WRP: The Workforce Recruitment Program is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private-sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to demonstrate their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs.

LGBTQIA+

  • CenterLink: Provides current job openings at LGBT community centers as well as at other organizations and institutions whose work is closely related to needs and interests of LGBT communities.
  • Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals: Member-based organization that works towards liberation of LGBTQ people in higher education. Provides various resources as well as job postings for LGBTQ community.
  • Human Rights Campaign State Laws Map: Map that shows state-by-state where gender and or sexual orientation protections laws are in place.
  • Out and Equal: Provides support and advocacy to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered community.
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: EEOC interprets and enforces Title VII’s prohibition of sex discrimination as forbidding any employment discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation. These protections apply regardless of any contrary state or local laws.
  • Washington University Pride Alumni Network (WUpan): Encourages LGBTQIA alumni to provide service to the University and to further the well-being of LGBTQIA students. WUpan also facilitates fellowship and a sense of community among LGBTQIA alumni, faculty and staff.
  • Zippia: Gender-neutral guide on what to wear for an interview for individuals of all gender identities. It outlines everything from clothing dos and don’ts to the best gender-neutral clothing websites and workplace discrimination.
  • HRC Corporate Equality Index: Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies, practices and benefits pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees.
  • Westcott, Lucy.Chris Palma Transitioned at His Company, and Then Helped Create a Policy to Support Other Transgender Employees.” The Muse: Read Chris’ story about transitioning at his workplace.
  • Fleenor, S.E “Job Searching While LGBTQ: How to Find a Truly Inclusive Place to Work.” The Muse : Read this article for helpful tips on how to conduct an inclusive job search.
  • “Coming Out at Work.” Human Rights Campaign: Read helpful tips about coming out in the workplace.
  • Out for Undergrad: An organization that reaches out to students of the LGBTQA+ community who are high-achieving students seeking careers in business, engineering, marketing, and tech. This organization offers 4 conferences every fall catering to those 4 fields of study.
  • Pride at Work: Pride at Work is an official group of the AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations) that represents individuals of the LGBTQ+ community union members for social and economic justice.
  • StartOut: Nonprofit organization that has the mission of helping those in the LGBTQ+ community to become successful entrepreneurs.
  • Campus Pride:  The purpose of this college student run nonprofit is to help build future leaders and to create a safer work environment for individuals of the LGBTQ+ community. This organization develops necessary resources and programs for students in this community and for allies on college campus across the country.

Neurodiversity

  • Big Interview Neurodiversity Curriculum: Big Interview has a playbook for individuals that are neurodiverse – please log into Big Interview with your WUSTL key to access this link.
  • Neurodiversity Network: The intent of this website is to provide various resources for employers and universities who want to advocate for neurodivergent individuals seeking meaningful employment or post-secondary education.
  • Neurodiversity Hub: The intent is to provide programs to support neurodivergent students to become work-ready, and build connections with organizations that value their talents.
  • The Autism@Work Playbook: The Autism @ Work Playbook is the product of a collaborative research project, Autism-Ready Workplace: Creating and Sustaining Autism Hiring Initiatives, led by Dr. Hala Annabi, an associate professor at the University of Washington Information School.
  • Hosmer Jolley, Jill . “Understanding the Needs of Neurodiverse Employees in the Workplace” ResearchGate: Organizations will benefit from learning effective ways to utilize the strengths of neurodiverse workers rather than focusing only on accommodating their challenges.

Veterans

  • Hiring our Heroes: Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) connects the military community—service members, military spouses, and veterans—with American businesses to create economic opportunity and a strong and diversified workforce.
  • Rebootcamp: Website with a plethora of military to civilian life resources and a job board.
  • OPM: The Office of Personnel Management provides information about federal employment for veterans.
  • Feds Hire Vets: Feds Hire Vets is your single site for Federal employment information for Veterans, transitioning military service members, their families, and Federal hiring officials.
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: The Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) (Formerly known as Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment) services help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching.
  • Campus Resources for WashU Veterans

First-Generation College Students

  • America Needs You: America Needs You fights for economic mobility for ambitious, first-generation college students. They do this by providing transformative mentorship and intensive career development.
  • Career Spring: This platform helps first-generation college students explore mentorship opportunities, obtain career advice, and research work opportunities.
  • First Gen Fellows Program: The First Generation Civil Rights Fellowship Program, or FirstGEN, is a paid summer program for undergraduate students who are the first in their immediate families to attend college and who intend to pursue careers in social justice.
  • Strada: Strada’s mission is to improve lives by forging clearer and more purposeful pathways between education and employment.

Women+

At WashU’s Career Center, we honor an inclusive definition of women. Our aim is to support all women in their career development journeys; this includes trans women, nonbinary folx, gender-nonconforming folx, and any individual who identifies as a woman in their own unique way. We hope that this section and the LGBTQIA+ section can help you start thinking about the next step in your career narrative.

  • Fairygodboss: A women lead career development website with helpful articles, research on various industries, and advice for the job market.
  • Forte Foundation: This foundation launches women into fulfilling, significant careers through access to business education, professional development, and a community of successful women.
  • U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau: This bureaus mandate is to ensure an equitable recovery for women, women of color and workers with the least power on the job, informed by data, and driven by the voices of and outcomes for historically marginalized communities.
  • Women for Hire: Founded in 1999 as the first and only company devoted to a comprehensive array of recruitment services for women, Women For Hire offers online career fairs, inspiring speeches and seminars, and customized marketing programs.
  • Women’s Society of Washington University: Supports scholarships, university programs and lectures for the benefit of Washington University in St. Louis and the community.
  • Women Venture: For over forty years, WomenVenture has provided women of all ages, cultures, races and income levels with the tools and resources to achieve economic success through small business ownership.
  • 2021 Guide to Colleges & Careers for Women in STEM: Women are often underrepresented in STEM fields. This guide provides women with resources to successfully pursue an education and career in these industries.

DACA and Undocumented Students

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