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LGBTQ Students

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People who identify within LGBTQ communities often navigate their career development alongside sexual or gender identity development. Despite changes in LGBTQ policy and rights, however, many people feel uncomfortable coming out at work and encounter obstacles in the workforce.

Career Services is dedicated to helping you find employment and graduate school opportunities that empower you to be yourself and move our workforce forward. Use this page to begin reviewing how “out” you want to be in the job search and in the workplace, including intentional decisions about your resume, cover letter, interview, and more.



community liaison icon​  Community Liaison to LGBTQ Students: Emily White

Key Campus Resources

Discover Options: LGBTQ Students

For complete information on assessing yourself, choosing majors, and exploring careers, review our starter tips to Discover Options in all careers as well as the specialized tips on this page.

Communities in Your Industry

LGBTQ students often discover more about their genders and sexual identities while in college. There are ways to incorporate both self-discovery and how to approach your career while studying at UCSB:

  • The UCSB Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (RCSGD) provides an Out List of members and supporters of the LGBTQIA community at UCSB. The list is intended to serve as a reference for those looking for community and support in various campus departments, as well as a visual indicator of the community's presence.
  • The Human Rights Campaign has curated a list of LGBTQ Professional and Student Associations, organized by industry. Participating in any associations can allow you to learn about the support available within your industry. 
  • The Department of Feminist Studies offers a minor, called Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Studies, which examines the many facets to the lives of individuals of these demographics, including their cultures, histories, languages, politics, literacies, economics, and their experiences in a heterosexual normative society.