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Diversity Statement


The University of Delaware Career Services Center is committed to providing an inclusive and supportive environment, where students’ diverse experiences, perspectives and backgrounds are respected, recognized, and integrated into career planning and development. We are dedicated to serve and prepare diverse and traditionally underrepresented populations through intentional and purposeful events, resources, on-campus recruiting and career counseling/coaching, further preparing our students for a multifaceted and global market.

 

RESOURCES BY POPULATION

Christine Motta - Career Service Center
Assistant Director, Special Populations and Inclusion Initiatives

Christine Motta

P: 3028311450

 

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RESOURCES FOR FIRST GENERATION STUDENTS  

 

Career Services offers individual counseling, job and internship resources, networking events, and professional development opportunities to help first generation students succeed.

In addition to the general resources offered through the Career Services Center, below is a list of resources to help direct first generation students along their career path.  

Getting Started

A FEW TIPS FOR GETTING STARTED:

Resources for First Generation Students

ONLINE RESOURCES & ARTICLES  

 

Campus Resources & RSO

REGISTERED STUDENT ORGANIZATION (RSO)

We’re First - Dedicated to building a student-led support network for first generation college students

 

CAMPUS RESOURCES:

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RESOURCES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

 

Career Services offers individual counseling, job and internship resources, networking events, and professional development opportunities to help international students succeed.

Below is a list of resources to help direct international students along their career path.   

International Student Resources

  • Dreambridge Partners - Check out the blog and resource library to connect with other international students and professionals. Receive advice on navigating both the job search and American culture.

Job Search Resources

■ Common Cultural Barriers to the Job Search

■ H1 Base

■ MyVisaJobs.com

■ The Riley Guide

■ The Foreign Labor Certification Data Center allows students to search for specific companies and/or obtain a list of companies who have historically sponsored H1B Visas throughout the US.

Interactive Job Search Training Modules

Skills Desired by American Employers

Employers place teamwork at the top of the list of overall candidate skills/qualities rated as important. Verbal communication skills...tied with the ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work.

Important to note, however, is that even the lowest-rated skill/quality (ability to sell or influence others), is still rated between somewhat important and very important.

 

Employers Rate the Importance of Candidate Skills & Qualities
Source: National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE)

Resume Tips for International Students

  • Introduce employers to foreign companies and schools by providing a frame of reference. For example:

■ A $10 million marketing firm

■ MIT of Turkey

■ One of the top five universities in China

■ Nigerian version of McDonalds

  • Emphasize strong English skills on the resume.

For example: "Translated written and spoken English on a daily basis for two years."

  • Ensure that writing skills are up to American standards by taking courses that include writing.
  • Check for grammatical and spelling errors, as well as, awkward use of language.
  • Have your resume reviewed at the Career Services Center.
  • You can view various resume samples by going to the sample resume book

General Resources

LinkedIn Profile Checklist - College Students
Passport Careers
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RESOURCES FOR LGBTQ+ STUDENTS

 

Career Services offers individual counseling, job and internship resources, networking events, and professional development opportunities to help LGBTQ+ students succeed.

Below is a list of resources to help direct LGBTQ+ students along their career path. These resources offer a starting point in learning about issues managed by LGBTQ+ students and professionals in the workplace and those looking to begin an internship or job search.

There are no right answers or wrong questions, each student’s job, internship, or graduate school search is unique. The career development process is individual and unique. Our career counselors are here to support you!

Career Publications

  • DiversityInc - spotlights diversity related news employers, workplace issues, and professional development opportunities.
  • Human Rights Campaign - Learn how corporate America is working toward adopting inclusive policies and practices.

Networking & the Job Search

  • Out Professionals – Professional networking site for individuals that identify as gay and lesbian. They have a job board and business directory.
  • Simplyhired - Job searching site that is known to be LGBT friendly.

National Organizations & Conferences for Students

NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:

  • Center for Gender Sanity:  A program that helps employed transgender people transition and educates individuals about their transexual coworkers.

 

STUDENT CONFERENCE:  

Out for Undergrad Business Conference:  A conference for students interested in the tech, engineering, and business fields. Scholarships available. Weekend-long summits for LGBTQ professionals to educate students about job opportunities in highly competitive industries — and inspire them to pursue challenging, ambitious careers.

Campus Resources & RSOs

LGBTQ+ Program Coordinator: Rebekah Harless-Balmer - Email: lgbt-allies@udel.edu
Address: Perkins Student Center, Room 015U (ground floor) | Phone: 302-831-6098

  • Center for Counseling and Student Development - Provides professional short-term personal and career counseling for UD students. Individual and group counseling available. Service is free and confidential.
    Address: Perkins Student Center, Room 261 | Phone: 302-831-2141

 

  • University of Delaware Office of Equity and Inclusion  

 

REGISTERED STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS (RSO):

Corporate Equality Index - Human Rights Campaign Foundation
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RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Career Services offers individual counseling, job and internship resources, networking events, and professional development opportunities to help students with disabilities succeed.

Below is a list of resources to help direct students with disabilities along their career path.  

Internship Resources

  • Smithsonian Internship - Internships for people with disabilities at the world’s largest museum system via the Accessibility Program (AP).

Job Search Resources

  • abilityJOBS - A leading website dedicated to employment of people with disabilities; offers job postings as well as a resume bank for candidates.
  • AbilityLinks - A job opportunity website for persons with disabilities and inclusive employers.
  • CareerConnect - An employment information resource developed by the American Foundation for the Blind for job seekers who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Disabled Person - A job board that contains thousands of active job postings from all over the U.S. 
  • Getting Hired - A job search tool featuring employers committed to hiring individuals and veterans with disabilities.
  • The Lime Network - Job search information, resources, and opportunities for students/alumni with disabilities.
  • USAJobs - Federal job opportunities and unique hiring paths for individuals with disabilities
  • The Viscardi Center - Programs and services that educate, employ and empower individuals with disabilities.
  • Workforce Recruitment Program - Connecting federal and private sector employers with highly motivated individuals with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace.

Accommodations Information

  • ADA - The Americans with Disabilities Act homepage.
  • Disability.gov - Resources on topics such as how to apply for disability benefits, find a job, get health care or pay for accessible housing.

Disclosing your Disability

WHAT IS DISCLOSURE?

Disclosure is the process of informing a potential employer that you have a disability.  

 

DO I HAVE TO TELL POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS ABOUT MY DISABILITY?

You are not required to tell potential employers about your disability, and they cannot ask you about your condition. Disclosure is a personal choice dependent upon type of disability, how the disability will affect your work and your personal feelings. Explaining your disability and how it will affect your work is recommended, as most potential employers feel positively towards those applicants whom they feel have been completely honest. Disclosing your disability also protects you under the Americans with Disabilities Act. These protections include all aspects of employment such as the application process, hiring, wages, benefits, workstations and/or equipment.

 

WHEN SHOULD I DISCLOSE MY DISABILITY?

There are several appropriate times to disclose your disability to a potential employer. You should decide when you would feel the most comfortable making this disclosure.

  • Resume - If you have had work experience (paid or volunteer) that is related to your disability, be sure to include it on your resume.
  • Cover Letter - Disclosing in a cover letter is appropriate. If you choose to disclose in your cover letter, you may want to staple the letter to the back of your resume so that the employer reads about your abilities before learning the specifics about your disability. Be aware that disclosing in a cover letter may lessen your chances of being granted an interview in some cases.
  • Interview Confirmation - Many people choose to disclose at this point. It would be very difficult for the employer to back out of the interview at this late time. Employers tend to react more favorably to this type of disclosure. When you call to confirm your interview, be sure to talk directly to the person who will be interviewing you.
  • Job Commencement – Despite ADA protections, some people are still hesitant to disclose their disability until they have been hired. If you choose to wait until you’ve accepted the position, make sure to follow the best practices below. 

 

PRESENT YOUR DISABILITY BY INDICATING THE STRENGTHS OF YOUR CANDIDACY. DISCUSS THE FOLLOWING:

  • Disclose your disability - you do not need to go into extensive detail.
  • Describe your skills, strengths and experiences, addressing how you can/will do the job.
  • Discuss how your disability may impact you in the workplace and provide your employer with some options or suggestions for workplace adjustment.
  • Show that you are aware of attitudinal barriers that you may encounter in an office, and be prepared to discuss how you make others feel more comfortable around you.
  • The most important aspect of disclosing your disability is presenting yourself as a problem-solver.  Above all, you can compete on equal terms with people who do not have disabilities.

Example: "I want to be honest with you. I use a wheelchair because my legs are paralyzed as a result of an accident.  However, I assure you that my disability will not affect my ability to work or my attendance record. Please feel free to address any questions or concerns about how my disability might affect my work performance."


ONCE I’M HIRED, SHOULD I DISCLOSE MY DISABILTY?

Similar to a potential employer, you are not required to disclose your disability to your employer, and they cannot ask you about your condition. However, it is your responsibility to disclose your disability if you need any work-related reasonable accommodations. Keep in mind, disclosing your disability is on a need-to-know basis and should be addressed with the person who has the ability to facilitate your request for accommodations. This may be someone in Human Resources or your immediate supervisor. Also, it may not be required, but it is recommended to have your request in writing and to keep a copy for yourself.

 

OTHER DISCLOSURE RESOURCES:

Job Accommodation Network
Ability Jobs - Employment Resource for People with Disabilities
Getting Hired - Empowering Individuals with Disabilities
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RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS OF COLOR

 

Career Services offers individual counseling, job and internship resources, networking events, and professional development opportunities to help students of color succeed.

In addition to the general resources offered through the Career Services Center, below is a list of resources to help direct students of color along their career path.  

Job Search Resources

  • AsiaMedia - Provides job opportunities with Asian-friendly employers and career resources for Asian Americans.
  • Black Enterprise - Offers career advice to explore opportunities and successfully advance. 
  • Diversity Employers - Provides jobs and information on organizations committed to recruiting diverse talent.
  • DiversityInc - Offers articles for job seekers with questions about the job search.
  • DiversityJobs - A job search database and provides links to articles related to diversity in the workplace.
  • IMDiversity - Provides career and self-development articles and offers an employment database for diverse populations.

  • INROADS - An organization focused on developing and placing talented underserved youth in business and industry.
  • Native American Jobs - Offers employment resources and job directory of Native American employers and career possibilities.

Campus Resources

  • Center for Black Culture - The center aids and supports black students in understanding and assessing the various resources available to them on campus. The Center serves as a cultural liaison to the university community.
  • NUCLEUS – Undergraduate academic support services program that helps CAS retain and graduate students. NUCLEUS provides a supportive environment that encourages academic success and professional development.
  • Student Support Services Program (TRIO) - Offers mentoring, resources, and leadership opportunities
  • Student Financial Services - Look into on campus work-study jobs and potential scholarships
  • Center for Counseling & Student Development (CCSD) - The center’s programs are all designed to contribute to the personal, educational and career development of our students. 
  • The Writing Center

Registered Student Organizations

Multi-Ethnic Career Fair
Quintessential - Job Resources
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RESOURCES FOR VETERANS  

 

Career Services offers individual counseling, job and internship resources, networking events, and professional development opportunities to help Veterans succeed.

Below is a list of resources to help direct veterans along their career path.  

General Informational Resources

  • Military.com - Veteran Employment Center - Deals with topics such as career transition, VA loans, financial planning, GI Bill and education services, travel, relocation, military news, community and more.
  • Suiting Warriors - Seeks to provide veterans with professional attire that will help them to compete in the workforce.

Job Search Websites

  • AbilityOne.org - Network designed to help veterans with severe disabilities find work in the non-profit sector.
  • Clearance Jobs - Job search database for people who hold active federal security clearances.
  • G.I. Jobs - Job search resources for veterans.
  • Hire Heroes USA - Transition assistance and job search assistance to those who have served.
  • The Mission Continues - Fellowships to empower wounded and disabled veterans to serve in their communities.
  • Return to Work - Vocational rehabilitation and employment services for veterans.
  • USAJobs.gov - The federal government’s employment database for all agencies.
  • VetJobs.com - Serves transitioning military members to the civilian work force.

 

BEST PRACTICES FOR THE VETERAN JOB SEARCH:

Veterans Employment Toolkit
Blue Hen Veterans
Veterans Honored
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RESOURCES FOR women

 

Career Services offers individual counseling, job and internship resources, networking events, and professional development opportunities to help women succeed.

In addition to the general resources offered through the Career Services Center, below is a list of resources to help direct women along their career path.  

General Informational Resources

Job Search Resources

  • Advancing Women - Provides resources and job boards for women.

  • Feminist Jobs - Jobs that progress the status of women or encompass their passion for social justice.

  • TheMuse.com - Job opportunities, advice, and information about career paths.

  • Women for Hire - Includes a job board and articles about women’s professional issues.

Campus Resources

Registered Student Organizations

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