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Diversity First Events

Diversity First Leadership Awards

The application is currently open in Handshake. Awards totaling $30,000 will be presented to 15 winners at the Diversity First Showcase March 9, 2021. These awards will be issued in four categories: Leader on the Rise (first year students), Young and Gifted (Sophomore/Junior), Outstanding Leader (Senior), College of Business Award. 

If you have any questions about the awards or application process, please contact Tamika Williams, Assistant Director for Diversity and Inclusion, at williat8@ohio.edu.

Application Process

The application process reinforces the CLDC's philosophy of career early, often, and forever. Each step in the application process will expose students to CLDC resources, including career coaching, mock interviewing, and Handshake.  Students will be evaluated on their ability to display their qualifications, leadership skills, and experiences through a resume, verbally articulate their skills, experiences, and demonstrate their understanding and importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. To prepare the next generation that will enter the workforce, we must ensure that they engage in the career readiness process, develop cultural competency as a skill, and understand the value that diversity, equity, and inclusion adds to our experiences and knowledge.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will learn how to create/ edit a professional resume
  2. Students will practice and sharpen interview skills
  3. Students will gain experience in applying for professional opportunities
  4. Students will take the initial steps in completing their Handshake profile for job obtainment

Apply Now

  1. Register for the Diversity First Showcase on Handshake. 
  2. Complete a 30-minute career coaching appointment to review your resume (schedule now on Handshake)
  3. Upload your resume to your Handshake profile
  4. Complete Big Interview Leadership Award Assignment 
    • Log in to Big Interview using your Ohio University login and password credentials
    • Select the "Assignments" tab on the top menu
    • Enter the assignment access code: aa2587
    • Complete the entire interview

The application deadline is March 2, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Diversity First Showcase

March 9, 2021, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. (ET), This event will be hosted through Microsoft Teams.

The Diversity First Showcase is a networking event that brings students and employers together for career success. This optimal networking opportunity allows students to ask questions of representatives at respected organizations and learn about their diversity programs, recruiting initiatives, and potential positions. The Diversity First event begins with a welcome, award presentation, and breakout rooms by industry for networking between students and employers. Pre-registration on Handshake is required to attend this event.

Register on Handshake

NOTE- The CLDC is using Handshake to track student registration and Diversity First Leadership Award applications. However, the event will take place on Microsoft Teams to facilitate breakout sessions. 

Diversity First Career Fair 

This event was hosted in October 2020. Please check Handshake for upcoming diversity engagement opportunities. 

Co-hosted by the CLDC and the College of Business, the first annual Diversity First Career Fair brings employers and students together for career success. This networking event encourages employers to share information about their diversity programs, recruiting initiatives, and potential positions. Students from all majors are welcome to attend.

Additional Opportunities

Looking for more opportunities to connect with diversity-centered employers? Join the virtual Career in 10 (C10) employer panels to learn about companies' diversity initiatives, workplace culture, and employment opportunities. Learn more and register here. For questions regarding diversity events, please contact Tamika Williams, Assistant Director for Diversity and Inclusion, at williat8@ohio.edu.