Workforce inclusivity is transforming the world of work in deeply positive ways. By offering multiple perspectives and solutions for industries and providing meaningful connections among constituents, a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is the way forward for every career.
As a UCSB student, you are encouraged to explore, honor, and celebrate your identity through the communities with which you identify. Learn how you can gain support and specialized information for the communities of which you serve as a member, ally, or advocate.
Topics for Communities
Embrace Your Whole Self
Lead the way as a first-generation college student in your family and develop your career plans
Know the policies and strategies to guide your career decisions with an F-1 or J-1 visa
Bring your gender and sexual identities with you as you transition into the workplace
Leverage your military-related background and translate your experience for civilian work
Celebrate your cultural or ethnic identity as you embark on your career journey ahead
Move forward with your career in appreciation of your abilities and skills in the workforce
Key Tips to Consider
Inclusive Hiring Initiatives
Today, employers are placing a stronger emphasis on recruiting students from diverse backgrounds and building teams with equitable representation. When reviewing employers, look for their diversity, equity, and inclusion philosophies or Equal Employment Opportunity statements, as well as related employee programs and support resources.
Representation in Industry
It can be helpful to consider the current landscape of representation in the occupational areas you explore. You can do research by talking with peers and mentors, paying close attention to workplace trends that you notice, or reviewing websites like DiversityInc for employer equity rankings on various aspects of diversity and inclusion.
Your Worldview is Valued
The background you offer provides a worldview that enriches the organizations you work for. Consider how your point of view can benefit the specific employers that interest you and highlight those benefits when applying for positions. For initial clues, review job descriptions, mission statements, and employer websites.