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Opportunities for professional growth for students within diverse populations

Opportunities for professional growth for students within diverse populations

Spring semester and the start of a new year can bring many changes for students when it comes to professional development. Ohio University’s Career and Leadership Development Center (CLDC) and Office of Diversity and Inclusion are here to help students in diverse populations explore opportunities to develop their futures and expand their professional network with a variety of opportunities, like C10 where prospective employers will meet with students to discuss their careers and form professional connections.

Diversity and Inclusion Drop-in Hours

There are plenty of options ranging in both dates and times of events and availability.  Tamika Williams, assistant director of Ohio University’s Career and Leadership Development Center, offers a wide range of hours for drop-ins starting Friday, Feb. 5 though April 16 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Drop-in hours serve to help students from diverse populations with a variety of career-related needs. Talking with a professional career coach can help fine-tune a resume or even set students on the right path for their career. One conversation could lead to a completely new path of professional development. Drop-ins are a quick and easy way to kick off a job hunt or understand what career options there are out there. Drop-ins will be hosted on Microsoft Teams. Learn more about drop-ins.

The Diversity First Showcase and Leadership Awards

Williams also works closely with the Diversity First Showcase and Leadership Awards as a way to help students reach their career dreams. The awards are a unique opportunity for students within diverse populations to receive recognition for their achievements. Awards totaling $30,000 will be presented to 15 awardees at the Diversity First Showcase on March 9, 2021. These awards will be issued in four categories: Leader on the Rise (first-year students), Young and Gifted (sophomore and junior students), Outstanding Leader (senior students), and the College of Business Award.

Not only will students have the opportunity to be recognized for their hard work, but students will also be exposed to CLDC resources through each step of the application process, including career coaching, mock interviewing, and Handshake. In addition to the awards ceremony, the Diversity First Showcase is an optimal networking opportunity  that allows students to ask questions of representatives at respected organizations and learn about their diversity programs, recruiting initiatives, and potential positions. 

The application deadline is March 2, 2021 at 5 p.m. Learn more, and register for the Diversity First Showcase on Handshake.  For questions regarding The Diversity First Leadership Awards, reach out to Williams at williat8@ohio.edu.

C10: Career in 10 Employer Panels

C10: Career in 10 Employer Panels are an opportunity for students to connect with diversity-centered employers to learn about the company's diversity initiatives to help build an inclusive work environment and employment opportunities. The event will feature 10-minute presentations from each employer, followed by a 15-minute Q&A session. The panels will take place March 23, 2021 from 5-6 p.m. (ET) and April 20, 2021 from 5-6 p.m. (ET) 

This event is designed to educate students whose social identities – including, but not limited to, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, national origin, veteran status, and (dis)ability  –  need increased opportunities for employment and representation in the workplace, and the event features employers across a broad spectrum.

Through C10 “I am seeking to highlight employers' diversity initiatives that ingrain diversity, equity, and inclusion in their companies' culture, values, and practices,” Williams said. This is an amazing opportunity for students to take charge of their future and learn as much as they can before they graduate. Williams also said that, “The event features employers across all industries,” and that “companies are strongly vetted” by her office before being invited to participate in the event. Those chosen to participate have demonstrated knowledge and active effort in creating equitable opportunities for diverse candidates.

For more information regarding The C10: Career in 10 Employer Panels reach out to Williams at williat8@ohio.edu.

Black Excellence Panel

The Black Excellence Panel invites individuals who identify as Black to participate in a panel to learn about the panelists' careers and how they have achieved their success. Panelists will share stories and allow students to ask questions about the different industries represented. Participants will be able to engage in a question and answer session to learn more about the panelists, their industry, and seek career advice. Students are encouraged to connect with the panelists via Linked or email afterward to continue the conversation and build their professional network.

The 2021 panel will highlight the success of three former OHIO athletes after collegiate sports and how they have developed their own careers. The athletes to be included are Jeffrey Mundy Jr. (Football) Class of 2017, Capitol Records digital marketing coordinator; Aileen Grant (Track) Class of 2006, Emory University associate director of the Office for Undergraduate Education and Academic Advising; and Dr. Jason White (Basketball) Class of 2003.

This panel offers insight from a variety of backgrounds such as Higher Ed, Marketing and Media, but each panelist has a unique experience to relate to as the event highlights and celebrated the success of Black professionals. These individuals are serving as a positive example and a proof to Black students that the color of their skin should not be viewed as a barrier.

The Black Excellence Panel will take place virtually on Microsoft Teams February 3, 2021 from 5-6 p.m. (ET).

Workforce Authorization Panel

Ohio University’s Work Authorization Panel is an event to help support international students preparing for post-graduation employment. University experts and immigration attorney Ken Robinson will provide an overview of work visas for F&J students as well as longer term working visas for the United States (for example, H and O visas). Following this presentation, there will be a panel of international faculty and staff currently working at Ohio University who will discuss their experience navigating working in the US. The panel will take place virtually on Microsoft Teams on February 24, 2021 from 5-6 p.m. (ET).

Learn more about F1 Visa Employment and J1 Visa Employment.

For more information regarding the Workforce Authorization Panel reach out to Jodi Pavol at pavol@ohio.edu.


The CLDC and Office of Diversity and Inclusion staff are determined to help all OHIO students create a future for themselves. By attending a panel or applying for an award, students take momentous steps forward in furthering their careers. Although these opportunities cannot guarantee a job or career, they can help students develop skills that they will carry with them the rest of their life.

Learn more about these events and register through this CLDC webpage.