Diversity First Showcase allows students to network with employers in virtual format

Published: February 8, 2022 Author: Staff reports

OHIO University’s Career Network and Division of Diversity and Inclusion invite students to connect with employers at the virtual Diversity First Showcase on Feb. 23 from 1-4:30 pm. Students can learn more about companies’ diversity initiatives and open positions at the event, which will begin with a welcome, an award ceremony to recognize Diversity First Leadership Awards recipients, and breakout rooms by majors to facilitate networking between employers and Bobcats.

“The Diversity First Showcase embraces OHIO’s goals of celebrating identity and creating community while preparing Bobcats for their careers,” Assistant Director for Career and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Tamika Williams said. “Personal identity is a big consideration when applying for a job or internship, and it’s important that candidates feel comfortable bringing their authentic selves to work. The employers attending the Diversity First Showcase promote a company culture that celebrates employees from all backgrounds.”

Past attendees found the event to be transformative.

“I got to create key connections with people in journalism during the showcase,” Sedric Granger, a second-year communications student, said. “I left the event inspired to continue building on my achievements from freshman year to excel in my sophomore year.”

Recent graduate Kurt “KJ” Russell Jr., recipient of the Outstanding Leader award, agreed with Granger’s sentiments.

“My experience at the Diversity First Showcase was nothing short of amazing,” Russell said. “It was an incredible opportunity to meet and build relationships with individuals and organizations in a variety of industries that only broadened my options after graduation. Everyone should attend the Diversity First Showcase. It will impact your life. Guaranteed.”

The Diversity First Leadership Awards have also helped Bobcats achieve their career goals.

“The award itself helped me continue my education at Arizona State University as a concurrent Juris Doctor and Master of Sport Law and Business student,” Russell added.

Undergraduate students from all majors are invited to apply for Diversity First Leadership Awards by the application deadline of Feb. 13. This year, Nationwide is sponsoring the new Sophomores in Tech award, with $10,000 of funds available. To learn more about applying for the award, visit Handshake.

“I was blessed enough to receive the Young and Gifted Award last year,” Sarah O. Ladipo, a philosophy student, said. “At the time I was interning in a senator’s office on Capitol Hill and the scholarship helped me pay for expenses for my semester-long internship. If it weren’t for the Diversity First Leadership Awards, I don’t know how my expenses would have been covered.”

Students can register for the event and learn more about the awards application process on Handshake. The event will take place through Microsoft Teams, but the Career Network is using Handshake to track registration. Registration is required to attend this event. Questions may be directed to career@ohio.edu. Candidates may schedule a career coaching appointment with Tamika Williams via Handshake to prepare for the event. Students do not need to apply for a Diversity First Leadership Award to attend the Diversity First Showcase.