Career Resources for Diverse Populations

The Division of Student Affairs at Northwestern University, specifically, Multicultural Student Affairs, Office for Services with Students with Disabilities, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Resource Center, Women's Center, and International Office have worked closely with University Career Services to foster an inclusive environment to help meet the needs of diverse student populations. Below are some specific resources to help with your career development.

Students of Color

UCS works continuously with Multicultural Student Affairs and various minority student groups to address the needs of our students of color.  We provide workshops, outreach hours, and career resources that foster an inclusive environment.

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Students with Disabilities

The Office for Services for Students with Disabilities serves as a resource on disability information for the university community and visitors.

Questions that students and graduates with disabilities face in their career development will be unique to each individual and takes into account an individual's disability. Some questions to consider when taking into account individual disabilities include the following:
  • Should I disclose my disability?
  • If I do, how should I do it?
  • How does the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) affect me?
  • What are my rights under the ADA? What should I expect from employers?
  • What is reasonable accommodation?

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The LGBT Resource Center is a safe place and a hub for resources, services and programs of interest to the LGBT and Allied community at Northwestern.

Tips for Researching LGBT Friendly Employers

  • Research any company or organization that you would like to work for and find out if they offer domestic partnership benefits.
  • Check if an organization has an anti-discrimination policy that includes sexual orientation.
  • Ask if the organization sponsors diversity training that includes LGBT populations.
  • Check if an organization offers LGBT employee groups.

Please note that these are some initial suggestions to consider; they do not guarantee bias not occurring in an organization or company. Our Career Counselors are ready to help you further explore these issues.

Being Out on Your Resume

Being out on your resume is a personal choice. You will not necessarily know the people reviewing your resume and those that interview you. If you are using your sexual orientation and involvement in the LGBT community on your resume or in the job interview, you need to state specifically to a potential employer those transferable skills and accomplishments you've acquired as a result of these experiences.

It's Your Decision

Being out on your resume, in the interview, and in the workplace has pros and cons. Researching organizations that have LGBT policies and talking with people who are familiar with these organizations will help you with your job search and choosing a job and career that is aligned with your values.

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Women face a number of issues when addressing questions related to their career development. The questions will be unique to each individual and takes into account, life experience, industry and the current situation. While discrimination based upon gender is prohibited under federal and state laws, women can sometimes face invisible barriers and unwritten rules of conduct. Northwestern University's Women's Center can be resource to you.

Questions to Consider

  • What industries or companies offer "family friendly" policies?
  • Where can I find mentors and role models?
  • Can I function as part of a team and still work to change rules?
  • What can I expect and what are my recourses under equal opportunity law?
  • How will I balance the choices I make about my career and personal life?

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