Diversity and Career Development

The Student Services' Office of Career Services has an active role in contributing to the institutional efforts of being more diverse and inclusive. The practice of intentionally incorporating diversity and equity to support student career readiness extends our philosophy to assist in student success and encouraging achievement.

Career Resource Focus: Racial and Ethnic Identities

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Arab-American Business & Professional Association (AABPA): A business organization that promotes networking opportunities among the Arab American Community and promotes trade and investment between the U.S. and the Arab World

National Arab American Medical Association (NAAMA): A nonprofit, nonpolitical, educational and humanitarian organization of medical and dental professionals of Arab descent

Network of Arab-American Professionals (NAAP): An association of Arab-American Professionals that promotes networking and professional development

Asian Professional and Community Organizations: Extensive collection of general and Asian country-specific associations

Asian Women In Business:  Asian Women In Business (AWIB) is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization with the primary mission of assisting Asian women entrepreneurs and professionals.

National Association of Asian American Professionals-(NAAAP): Promotes personal and professional development of the Asian American community

A Mighty River: A Black Professional Networking Community

Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce  Empowers the community, educates and mentors future entrepreneurs; and embraces the industry and technology to assist our members while marketing Nashville to the World markets.

National Society of Black Engineers: Professional organization committed to widening the pool of engineering talent from Black communities around the world

Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement: National non-profit organization dedicated to the employment, development, and advancement of current and aspiring Latino professionals

The Tennessee Latin American Chamber of Commerce:  Provides its members with the leadership and support required to create opportunities for Latino-owned companies, Latino professionals, and students, while also opening new markets for non-Latino organizations willing to become engaged with the growing Latino markets.

Hispanic Associations: Links to various professional associations compiled by Latina Style magazine

The Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting:   Empower and develop Latino men and women as leaders of character for the nation, in every sector of the American and global economy.

National Society for Hispanic Professionals: Job board, events, networking and more

Society for Advancement of Hispanics and Native Americans in Science: Dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists—from college students to professionals—to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science

American Indian Index of Organizations: Extensive list of Native American associations and organizations

Native American Indian Association of Tennessee, Inc.: A service agency for Indians of Tennessee

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society : The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is a national, nonprofit organization focused on substantially increasing the representation of American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, First Nations and other indigenous peoples of North America in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies and careers.

Job Boards

Diversity.com: Employers recruiting job seekers from diverse ethnic cultures, lifestyles, life stages, creative persuasions, abilities, religious affiliations, and genders

IMDiversity Career Center: a job board focused on diverse job seekers

NemNet Minority Network: Find opportunities in education and the public and private sectors and post your resume

SACNAS Job Board:  The SACNAS Career Center is dedicated to matching underrepresented minority scientists with advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership. Search for various STEM opportunities in industry, government, higher education and non-profit organizations

Urban League Employment Network: Online Job Board managed by the National Urban League

Asian Jobs.com: Opportunities for bilingual English and Asian language speakers

Asian Life: Job board, networking, events & other resources

Black Career Women’s Network:  National network dedicated to supporting the professional success of African-American Women

The Black EOE Journal: Online job board and includes other valuable resources.

Black Collegian: The Career Site for Students of Color: Career and self-development magazine for African American Students

Black Enterprise: Career Section: Business, investing, and wealth-building resource for African Americans Information regarding entrepreneurship, technology, personal finance, and other minority business issues

The Blackworld Career Center: Provides employment resources for professionals and entrepreneurs for African Americans and members of other ethnic groups. Published jointly by Blackworld and CareerMosaic

iHispano.com: The leading job posting source for Hispanic professionals

LatPro.com: Jobs for Spanish and Portuguese Speakers

Saludos: For Hispanic job seekers. Post your resume and search for a job

National Congress of American Indians: NCAI Mission is to protect and enhance treaty and sovereign rights. Includes job board, resources, and conferences and events.

Women For Hire: Job Board, resources, and advice

Prints, Publications, and Additional Resources

Equal Opportunity Publications: Features career magazines for women, members of minority groups, and people with disabilities. Post your résumé and find opportunities

INROADS: Mission is to develop and place talented underserved youth in business and industry, and prepare them for corporate and community leadership

Management Leadership for Tomorrow: MLT’s distinctive model provides the know-how, navigation systems and network to ensure talented underrepresented minorities are able to get on and stay on the path to senior leadership.

INSIGHT into Diversity: Magazine provides news, reports, and commentary on issues of diversity and inclusion

Sponsors for Educational Opportunities: Resource for talented undergraduate students of color to explore careers in many industries

Native-American Village: From IMDiversity.com, this site provides valuable information on career opportunities as well as the tools needed to survive and succeed in America’s workplace.

Connecticut Indian Council: Includes employment opportunities, state events, and resources

Career Resource Focus: Women

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Feminist Majority Foundation: News, Career Center and Research Center

Nashville Feminist Collective:  use our collective skills to foster a thriving feminist community in Nashville and to dismantle sexist oppressions intersectionally through advocacy, education, and action.

U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau: Develops policies and standards and conducts inquiries to safeguard the interests of working women; to advocate for their equality and economic security for themselves and their families; and to promote quality work environments

U.S. Equal Employment and Opportunity Commission: Responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information

Diversity.com: Employers recruiting job seekers from diverse ethnic cultures, lifestyles, life stages, creative persuasions, abilities, religious affiliations, and genders

Equal Rights Advocates (ERA): National civil rights organization dedicated to protecting and expanding economic and educational access and opportunities for women and girls

National Partnership for Women and Families – a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that uses public education and advocacy to promote fairness in the workplace, quality health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family

Job Search & Internships

Career and Job Resources for Women and Minorities: Resource for women job hunters with links and information to a great number of organizations relevant to female job seekers

WomensJobList.com: Created for employers and job seekers dedicated to diversity and inclusion. Over 8,164 companies and organizations link to WomensJobList.com, providing employers with exclusive access to highly qualified candidates

Feminist Jobs: Run by feminist.org, job postings and weekly digest

Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) Summer Internships: Paid summer internships in Research, Communications and Outreach, and Development

Professional Associations

Association for Women in Science: includes job postings

Business and Professional Women’s Foundation: includes job postings

Enlightened Foundation

Federally Employed Women

Global Fund for Women

Institute for Women’s Policy and Research: includes internships, job postings, fellowships

National Association of Professional Women

Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine

National Organization for Women

National Women’s Political Caucus

Society of Women Engineers

Women of Visionary Influence

Women In Technology

Career Resource Focus: International Students

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My Visa Jobs.com is an especially valuable compilation of information including lists of employers with past records of sponsorship activity that are searchable using industry and geographic criteria.

My Perfect Resume information and tips on perfecting your resume

International Student strives to provide students world-class resources to help them investigate and pursue an international education, through relevant content, custom online tools and engaging websites that offer only best in class products and services

Going Global – Contains a database of organizations who have applied to H-1B Visas and other resources including U.S. City Guides and International Country Guides

H1VisaJobs.com – Contains a database of American firms, all over the U.S., in all disciplines, who have known openings, are willing to, and actually offered H-1B jobs to international professionals. There is a fee to gain access to the database

Cultural Vistas:  Places engineering, science, and technical students into paid internships abroad and obtains work permits for all technical and some non-technical students who have identified their own internships abroad

Career Resource Focus: Veterans

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AfterDeployment provides numerous resources to help veterans who have returned from deployment transition back into the civilian world

U.S. Office of Personnel Management
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) administers entitlement to veterans’ preference

https://gotvba.com/: Veteran Owned Businesses and Champion Partners that embraces our mission of business development, growing the entrepreneurial spirit, government advocacy, education and training, and career support to the veteran job seeker.

Department of Labor provides current information regarding hiring initiatives for returning veterans and resources to help connect veterans to civilian jobs

https://www.nashvilleservingveterans.com/services/transition-service: The focus of the Transition Subcommittee is to ensure service members know the resources that are available to them for finance & legal queries, and support them in discovering a new purpose by informing veterans of opportunities to serve again in their local communities.

https://www.legion.org/veteransbenefits/tennessee: To serve as an effective and efficient conduit for Veterans of all eras to connect with resources and services that improve their quality of life, access to education, business resources and high quality jobs.

The National Resource Directory provides information on how to apply for VA benefits and information regarding your GI Bill and specific scholarships for veterans

The Real Warriors Campaign is a multimedia public awareness campaign designed to encourage help-seeking behavior among service members, veterans and military families coping with invisible wounds

Job Search and Internships

EmployVets.com powered by MilitaryTimes and includes a powerful job search tool

TN Job Placement for Veterans: serve as an outreach to veterans and insure veterans' priority of service in referral to jobs and other services.

Hiring Our Heroes  is run by U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is a nationwide initiative to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment

Hire Heroes USA provides career placement assistance to returning service men and women, specializing in the career placement of those injured or with any level of disability. Hire Heroes USA has a wide range of employment opportunities available nationwide, ranging from entry level to senior positions

Hire a Hero is a job board posting opportunities with military friendly employers

VetJobs is the leading source for candidates with security clearances and also includes job postings for spouses and dependents

G.I Jobs provides tips and tools on how to prepare for the civilian workforce

The Veterans Enterprise  aims to spread awareness of issues and opportunities    concerning veterans through news and by connecting them with employers who recruit highly trained and motivated transitioning soldiers

USAJobs.gov although not specifically for veterans, includes most federal job postings. The Center for Career Development can help navigate the world of applying for a federal job

Career Resource Focus: Students with Disabilities

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COSD Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities a unique and dynamic national professional association comprised of more than 600 colleges and universities and over 500 major national employers. COSD’s mission is to improve the employment rate of college students and recent graduates with disabilities on a national basis

Tennessee Disability Coalition: The Tennessee Disability Coalition is an alliance of organizations and individuals joined to promote the full and equal participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of life.

General Information and Resources

Connect-Ability: Managed by the Connecticut Department of Rehabilitation Services, offers resources on the Job Search, identifying options, and getting experience

Disability.gov: U.S. federal government website for information on disability programs and services nationwide

AAPD-American Association of People with Disabilities: Nation’s largest disability rights organization. They promote equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities

ADA Guide for People with Disabilities Seeking Employment: frequently asked questions about ADA law and rights

Equal Opportunities Publications, Inc. Companies Actively Recruiting – Careers & the Disabled.

Job Accommodations Network (JAN) A free consulting service (through gov’t Office of Disability Employment Policy ODEP) designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities by providing individualized worksite accommodations solutions, providing technical assistance regarding the ADA and other disability related legislation, and educating callers about self-employment option

We Connect Now is dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting people with disabilities, with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment issues. This is a great site that shares extremely vital and current information and also functions as an indispensable support system

Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP), a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs

Mobility International is a disability-led non-profit organization advancing disability rights and leadership globally

Affirmative Action Register – Positions, both of an academic and non-academic nature, with colleges and universities from across the country. Directed to women, minorities, veterans, and disabled persons, as well as all employment candidates

Job Search and Internships

Entry Point: is a program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) offering Outstanding Internship Opportunities… in Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, and some fields of Business …for Students with Disabilities

Jobs for TN : It was specifically designed for job seekers, students, case managers, employers, training providers, workforce professionals, and others seeking benefits and services.

Emerging Leaders Summer internship and leadership development opportunities for students with disabilities. Started by Booz Allen and administered by the National Business and Disability Council

Getting Hired is a website designed for people with disabilities. It includes a Community of Support to help you make connections, resources to help you reach your potential, such as Profile/Resume Builder, Career Assessment, and Video Interview Training, and job listings

JobAccess provides a place where people with disabilities can seek employment, confident that they will be evaluated solely on their skills and experience. JobAccess Resume Builder which helps you to build and post a professional looking resume that companies across the US will be able to browse

Abilityjobs.com job board and resources

AbilityLinks.org information for job seekers including a job board, mentoring possibilities, employer information, news, events and more

Diversity and Inclusion Career Center (EOP): information, publications and a job board

Bender Consulting Services an employment services consultant /head hunters focused specifically on persons with disabilities

Career Resource Focus: LGBTQ+

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The Trevor Project Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24

Human Rights Campaign TN: As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

GLAAD GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBT acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love

PFLAG Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation’s largest family and ally organization. Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality and full societal affirmation of LGBTQ people through its threefold mission of support, education, and advocacy

GLSEN At GLSEN, we want every student, in every school, to be valued and treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We believe that all students deserve a safe and affirming school environment where they can learn and grow.

We accomplish our goals by working in hallways across the country — from Congress and the Department of Education to schools and district offices in your community — to improve school climate and champion LGBT issues in K-12 education

The Human Rights Campaign: The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates: Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is the world’s premier nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender workplace equality. Out & Equal partners with Fortune 1000 companies and government agencies to provide executive leadership development, comprehensive training and consultation, and professional networking opportunities that build inclusive and welcoming work environments.

Lambda Legal Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Lamba Legal does not charge our clients for legal representation or advocacy, and we receive no government funding. Workplace issues are the number one concern among callers to Lambda Legal’s Help Desk.

Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce : The Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce advances common business interests, economic growth, and equality in the workplace and society for its LGBT members, businesses, and allies by providing educational, networking, and community building opportunities.

Victory Fund Internship program that gives the opportunity to gain experience in LGBT political activism, consider career options, strengthen job-related skills and network with leaders in local, state and national politics

Job Search and Internships

Tennessee Stonewall Bar Association : The Tennessee Stonewall Bar Association is a not-for-profit corporation and its members include LGBT attorneys, paralegals, law students and other legal professionals, as well as their “straight allies” in the legal profession.

LGBT Careerlink provides a job search database, as well as a resource library with tools for those students on the job hunt; sponsored by “Out & Equal Workplace Advocates” at outandequal.org

Out Professionals is the nation’s leading LGBT non-profit network, with close to 1,000 members and over 5,000 email subscribers representing dozens of different work backgrounds and some 600 companies.

LGBT Connect is a division of WorkplaceDiversity.com, this website also provides a job bank for LGBTQ job seekers

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Internship Program The Task Force offers graduate and undergraduate internships available during the fall/winter, winter/spring and summer terms for college and university students or recent graduates covering a variety of disciplines

PFLAG Internships Graduate and undergraduate full-time and part-time internships available each school semester, and summer, for college and university students or recent graduates.  The program is largely based on the specific needs of the national office

National Center for Transgender Equality NCTE accepts rolling applications for Fall, Spring and Summer internships for undergraduate, graduate, and law students. Applicants may apply to intern with NCTE’s policy, communications, or development departments for a general internship which will combine all three areas of work, or for a legal internship.

Career Resource Focus: Religiously Affiliated

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U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission includes fact sheets related to the workplace

U.S. Department of Labor includes information about Religious Discrimination and Accommodation in the workplace

Anti-Defamation League fact sheet about rights and obligations for religious accommodation in the workplace 

Professional Associations and Networking Groups

Buddhist Business Network (BBN): Mission is to generate business within Buddhist community through networking opportunities, promote business practices in accordance with the Dhamma through education, and participate in fund raising activities

Jewish Business Network: Offers direct business networking, mentorship opportunities, and professional development events

Christian Business Network: Contains resources, networking opportunities, and professional services

Muslim Urban Professionals: A membership-based nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering and advancing Muslim professionals to be leaders in their careers and communities.