Multicultural Identities

Employer Engagement and Career Design partners with the following offices on campus to provide support for students and alumni with underrepresented racial, cultural, and/or ethnic identities to develop and achieve your career goals:

If you are an international student, please also see the International Student Resource Page.

Job Searching and Networking

To research inclusive workspaces and cultures, we recommend you evaluate the mission and values of organizations for statements of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Explore Diversity Inc.’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity to get started.

Search the About Us, History, and Mission/Values sections of a company website to search for the following:

  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion and non-discrimination policies
  • Involvement with publications and events surrounding issues of diversity and inclusion
  • Rankings or awards by Forbes, Diversity Inc. and/or other websites
  • Employee Resource Groups for multicultural populations
  • Representation of diversity in senior management and C-suite leadership

Network with diverse professionals and alumni about their experiences with their employers. Set up an informational interview and ask questions such as:

  • What was your path into this career, and specifically, this company?
  • Can you describe your organization’s culture and environment?
  • How dedicated are your supervisors to professional job growth since you joined your company?
  • Does your employer offer diversity training or workshops?
  • Does your organization have policies on religious observances?
  • How supported do you feel as a person of color at this company?
  • What ways can you build a community within and between underrepresented populations here?
  • How does the company address discrimination or act to eliminate it?

Professional associations are networks of professionals that share a common industry, identity, location, or a combination of these factors. They are a highly recommended resource for job search tools, education, professional advancement, and building a network. You can attend events, access virtual resources and educational materials, and view job postings through most professional associations. Search for professional organizations by identity and/or industry for networks of professionals.

For example, Northeastern has chapters of the following professional associations:

–          Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA)

–          Black Engineering Student Society (BESS) – Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

–          Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)

–          Society of Hispanic Professionals and Engineers (SHPE)

Search additional organizations by identity and industry for networking, job search, and career advancement resources.

Career and Job Search Resources

Diversity Employers: Career opportunities targeting new college graduates of diverse backgrounds across industries.

Equal Opportunity Publications: Diversity and Inclusion Career Center: “Premier diversity online job board.” One-stop career site/job board to serve career-related needs of underrepresented groups with access to the largest database of equal opportunity employers.

INROADS: Internship program with year-round professional and personal coaching from a corporate mentor.

Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT): Non-profit organization that equips the next generation of African American, Hispanic, and Native American leaders in business, education, and the social sector.

SEO Career: Internship program with coaching, training, exposure, and a lifelong alumni network.

The Partnership – Offers leadership programs to support multicultural professionals in reaching their full potential in the increasingly diverse and global workforce.

Workplace – Job board for opportunities at companies that strive for a multicultural work environment.

Identity-Specific Resources

Opportunities for Professional Development

 B.L.A.C.K. and L.A.T.I.N.X.

B.L.A.C.K. (Black Leaders Accessing Consciousness through Knowledge) and L.A.T.I.N.X. (Latinx Accessing Their Intellect through Networking and Exchange) provides students of the African Diaspora and Latinx students the opportunity to interact with prominent Black and Latinx professionals. This program includes off-campus site visits, professional development workshops & career planning tailored to the emerging Black and Latinx professional interested in acquiring skills to navigate and move up in the workplace.

Opportunities include:

– B.L.A.C.K. and L.A.T.I.N.X. Professional Immersion Experience during Spring Break

– B.L.A.C.K. and L.A.T.I.N.X. Treks (site visits to individual employers)

The program is a collaboration between the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, John D. O’Bryant African American Institute, Latinx Student Cultural Center, and Employer Engagement and Career Design. For more information and upcoming opportunities, visit the B.L.A.C.K. and L.A.T.I.N.X. webpage.

Additional Employer Engagement and Career Design Programming

Each year, the following workshops are targeted towards students with diverse and/or underrepresented identities to assist in career management:

  • Navigating Microaggressions in the Workplace
  • Embracing Cultural Identity in Your Professional Brand
  • Employer Game Night, a no-pressure networking night to play carnival-style games with employers

Check NU Careers for these workshops and more!