Career Development as Social Justice
Career Development as Social Justice
Rutgers-New Brunswick campus community,
As a team, we have conversations about how those of us within the career services space can continue to do our part to support diversity, equity, inclusion, and access through the lens of career development. We conducted an internal audit of what we are currently doing and set aside time to reflect and brainstorm. At this time, CES publicly recommits to meeting the challenge engrained in our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion core value statement through the following continued actions:
- Working with the outreach team to ensure the student population accessing our resources continues to mirror the diversity of Rutgers-New Brunswick;
- Making strives to reflect the diversity of the student population in our CES team;
- Partnering with the Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement to organize career-related programs to connect students with employers congruent with their values; and
- Ensuring that each of the First-year Interest Group Seminars has a diversity, equity, and inclusion lesson plan developed by the student peer instructors.
As a leader within career services who happens to be a Black man, I have had to personally contend with what it means to be Black and show up for work every day in this environment. On multiple occasions, I have shared this concern privately and publicly about what is "professional" and how sometimes it might feel inauthentic when the world seems like it is crashing down around you. I also recognize the privilege and responsibility I have as an executive director in this conversation. Thus, I have charged our team to take the following actions over the next year:
- Develop programming to create a safe space for students to discuss and learn about how to find employment opportunities congruent with their values while navigating this notion of "professionalism";
- Ensure that the new virtual Career Communities online site includes resources to address some of the unique employment challenges facing students of color;
- Develop opportunities within the Student-Alumni Career Connect (SACC) to connect students with alumni to engage in conversations around diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace; and
- Review the responsibilities and metrics associated with each career advisor for working with "protected populations" as defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
CES can help with employment challenges that disproportionately impact persons of color, international students, LGBTQ+ students, students with differing abilities, and women; however, all of us need to step up and urge change through whatever methods available to us.
Executive Director, Career Exploration and Success
Programs Targeting Diverse Populations
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding an Inclusive Job Search
See some common frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) from our students of color, along with some brief, sample responses here. Please set-up an appointment with one of our Career Advisors, on Handshake, to address your specific career planning experience or question. In addition, you may also want to share your experience or individual question. One of our CES advisors will review and contact you directly.
Meet with Us
You can now schedule one-on-one appointments with us to discuss topics related to workplace diversity in understanding, accepting, and valuing differences between people.
Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement (DICE)
As one of the nation’s most diverse universities, Rutgers draws strength from the rich variety of perspectives and life experiences of our community.