Diversity and Inclusion
As you think about your career, remember to consider what value your diverse background brings to an organization and that many employers appreciate the unique insight that diverse candidates bring to their position/organization.
The SJSU Career Center is dedicated to helping our diverse student populations and connecting them with employers that value their talent.
Here are some steps you can take to support your career development:
Step 1: Connect with one of the diverse centers or programs on campus.
Accessible Education Center: Provides comprehensive services in support of the educational development and success of student with disabilities
Black Leadership and Opportunity Center: Provides cultural programming, professional development and academic initiatives that promote community building and overall success of all Black SJSU students.
Chicanx/Latinx Student Success Center: Provides a community gathering space as well as programs and services to support the success of all Chicanx and Latinx students at SJSU.
César E. Chávez Community Action Center: Sonnects SJSU students with civic engagement opportunities that deepen educational experience while promoting a lifelong commitment to activism and social justice
Educational Opportunity Program: Designed to improve student academic support of first-generation, low-income and educationally disadvantaged students
Gender Equity Center: Advocate for social justice, respect, and safety for all members of the SJSU community, by educating the campus on a multitude of issues facing society based on gender.
MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center: Offer support, advocacy for historically underrepresented groups, leadership opportunities, and intentional programming that focus on critical thought, social justice, and cultural empowerment for the SJSU community.
PRIDE Center: Improve the campus climate for LGBTQ+ students and advocate for the respect and safety of all members of the campus community, through dynamic programming and educational outreach.
UndocuSpartan Resource Center: Provide holistic support and resources to undocumented students and the campus community.
Veterans Resource Center: One-stop resource center proudly supporting all veterans, reservists, guard members, active duty personnel and veteran dependents.
Step 2: Make a career counseling appointment on Spartan Connect.
Connect with your assigned career counselor, Sandra De Leon (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Step 3: Check out the following career resources that can be helpful for students who identify with specific diverse groups or interest areas:
- Diversity Job Boards and Publications
Diversity Jobs: Connecting job seekers with employers who embrace diversity.
IM Diversity: One-stop career and self-development site devoted to serving the cultural and career-related needs of underrepresented minorities.
DiversityInc: Career resource for diversity enthusiasts; Includes career-related diversity news stories, job listings and resume posting features.
Diversity.com: Leader in the diversity job market.
Equal Opportunity Publications: Leader in diversity recruitment.
Workplace Diversity: Source for diversity talent.
Professional Diversity Network (PDN): A centralized job search site that provides job boards for minority groups identifying as veterans, women, black, hispanic, LGBTQ, or individuals with disabilities.
Fairygodboss: Provides women with access to job listings, discussion boards, career advice and anonymous job reviews; women can learn about pay, corporate culture, benefits, and work flexibility.
AbilityLinks: Job search site intended to extend access for candidates with disabilities; provides resources for career exploration and how to navigate the job-search.
70 Million Jobs: Job-board for candidates with criminal records; includes misdemeanor and felony-friendly jobs.
- African-American / Black
Black Enterprise: Premier business, investing, and wealth-building resource for African-Americans.
Black News: Daily news for black professionals, including job/internship postings.
The Black Perspective: Find news and information, job opportunities, and employment-related resources.
United Negro College Fund (UNCF): Provide scholarships, internships, and fellowships.
Black Alliance of Scientists and Engineers (BASE): Increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers and scientists who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.
Black Honor Society: Dedicated to building a collective and united academic and community-driven Black student body at SJSU
American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE): Dedicated to serving as the voice for African Americans in higher education.
Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi): Promotes and advances the profession of African Psychology.
Association of Black Women Physicians (ABWP): Network of black women physicians committed to the improvement of public health and health equity.
Black Women in Science and Engineering (BWISE): Organization for African American females who have degrees in the sciences, math, and engineering.
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE): Dedicated to serving culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.
- Asian Pacific Islander
Asian Jobs: Jobs for bilingual/Asian speaking professionals.
Goldsea: Provides information on choosing a career, career building strategies, and jobs at Asian-friendly employers.
Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)- SJSU Chapter: Help Asian heritage science and engineering professionals achieve their full potential.
South Asian Student Association: Bring together the South Asian student population at San José State University and spread cultural awareness
Asian American Architects/Engineers Association: Provide a platform for empowering professionals working in the built environment.
Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA): Advancing diversity in newsrooms and ensuring fair and accurate coverage of communities of color.
Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association: Bringing together Asians, Pacific Islanders and others interested in the health issues that affect Asians and Pacific Islanders.
National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP): Cultivates and empowers Asian & Pacific Islander leaders.
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association: Provide optimal representation and influence of Asian American and Pacific Islander attorneys.
Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers: Dedicated to the advancement of Asian heritage scientists and engineers in education and employment.
iHispano: Search for jobs at companies recruiting talented Hispanic professionals.
Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement: Dedicated to the employment, development, and advancement of current and aspiring Latino professionals.
Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities: Provide internships, scholarships, college retention and advancement programs, precollegiate support, and career development opportunities and programs.
Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley: Dedicated to inspiring community philanthropy and engaging people to invest in the educational achievement and leadership development of a thriving Hispanic community. Provide scholarships and internship opportunities.
Hispanic Today: Share news and opportunities concerning the Hispanic-American community and connect them with employers who foster affirmative action and equal opportunity.
Latpro: Connect Hispanics and Latinx with employers who embrace diversity.
United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: Promotes the economic growth, development and interests of Hispanic-owned businesses.
Latino Business Student Association: Empower the next generation of diverse leaders through professional development workshops, company tours, social events, and community outreaches.
SJSU Latino Alumni Network (LAN): Strives to create a network of Latinos who are committed to fostering relationships, creating opportunities, and providing support for the greater SJSU community of Latino students and alumni.
Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) - SJSU Chapter: Dedicated to promoting, supporting, and advancing Chicanx/Latinx students and Native Americans in science.
Society of Latino Engineers and Scientists (SOLES) - SJSU Chapter: Provide fellowship among Latinos entering the engineering profession that includes study groups, contact with professionals, and moral support.
Latin Business Association: Building economic wealth and opportunity for Latin business and the community.
Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS): Dedicated to fostering the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in science.
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers: Supporting Hispanic students and professionals in STEM for nearly 50 years.
- International Students
Click here for resources for international students.
Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index: National benchmarking tool for rating workplaces on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer equality.
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates: Premier organization working exclusively on LGBTQ workplace equality.
Out for Undergrad (O4U): Help LGBTQ+ undergraduates reach their full potential by hosting four annual conferences where they're inspired to pursue ambitious careers.
SF LGBT Center: Connect a diverse community to opportunities, resources and each other to achieve a stronger, healthier, and more equitable world for LGBT people and their allies.
Transgender Job Bank: Employment resource for the LGBT community.
Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM) at SJSU: Dedicated to educating and fostering leadership for LGBTQQIA communities in the STE(A)M fields.
Queer and Asian @ SJSU: Encourage students to raise positive awareness of queer, and pan-Asian communities at the SJSU campus.
Gay and Lesbian Medical Association: Ensuring health equity for LGBTQ individuals and equality for LGBTQ healthcare professionals.
National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP): Provide scholarships, events, and networking opportunities for students and professionals in STEM fields.
oSTEM: Empower LGBTQ+ people in STEM to succeed personally, academically, and professionally by cultivating environments and communities that nurture innovation, leadership, and advocacy.
PRIDE Veterinary Medical Community: Create a better world for the LGBTQ+ veterinary community.
Reaching Out MBA: Biggest and best known organization focused on supporting the LGBT+ MBA Community.
StartOut: Champion for the LGBTQ+ entrepreneurial community providing the resources entrepreneurs need to succeed.
- Native American / Indigenous Peoples
Native American Jobs: Employment opportunities for all people from diverse, indigenous, and minority cultures.
National Congress of American Indians: American Indian and Alaska Native indigenous rights organization, includes job listings.
Native Hire: Tribal employment database working with companies specifically looking to hire Native Americans, includes training and apprenticeships.
Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)- SJSU Chapter: Dedicated to promoting, supporting, and advancing Chicanx/Latinx students and Native Americans in science.
American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES): Focused on increasing the representation of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and other indigenous people of North America in STEM studies and careers.
American Indigenous Business Leaders (AIBL): Dedicated to empowering business students in the United States.
Association of American Indian Physicians: Motivate American Indian and Alaskan Native students to remain in the academic pipeline and to pursue a career in the health professions and/or biomedical research.
Native American Journalist Association: Provides internships and NAJA programs to increase the representation of native journalists working in media.
- Undocumented & DACA Students
UndocuSpartans Career Guide: [pdf] Provides information about attaining experience, disclosing status, preparing for graduate school, etc.
Immigrants Rising: Empower undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals through personal, institutional and policy transformation. Check out their Life After College: A Guide for Undocumented Students [pdf].
Micro-Internships: TheDream.US has partnered with Parker Dewey to help Scholars from all majors connect with employers through professional projects to build experience. You will be paid as an independent contractor (DACA or TPS are not required).
My Undocumented Life: Up-to-date information and resources for undocumented immigrants, including scholarships and job listing.
Undocuprofessionals: a national community for and by undocumented communities in all career fields.
DREAM Bar Association: National bar association for undocumented lawyers and law students.
Pre-Health Dreamers (PHD): Network for undocumented students pursuing careers in health and science.
United We Dream: Largest immigrant youth-led network.
UndocuBlack Network: Create space for currently and formerly undocumented Black immigrants to not only survive but thrive.
Adobe- SJSU Veterans Career Panel: Watch this panel to learn about different career paths veteran employees at Adobe have pursued.
CareerOneStop for Veterans: One-stop website for employment, training, and financial help after military service.
Hire Vets Medallion Program: Recognize employers for their investments in recruiting, employing, and retaining our nation’s heroes.
Military Friendly: Provides a list of military friendly employers.
VetJobs: Provides Military & Veteran Communities exclusive access to their job board & job placement program.
Veteran Jobs Mission: Address the most pressing needs of veterans in finding and keeping jobs
Veteran Resume Sample [pdf]: Review the SJSU's Career Center resume sample to see how to translate your military experience into a civilian resume.
Veteran Student Organization: Promote, unify and support the military veteran voice on and off campus by bringing past, present, and future veterans of San Jose State together.
Military Officers Association of America: Nation's largest and most influential association of military officers.
Student Veterans of America: Provide resources, network support and advocacy to support student veteran success.
- Students with Disabilities
abilityJOBS: Largest job site for people with disabilities.
CA Department of Rehabilitation (DOR): Provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living, and equality for individuals with disabilities.
Entry Point: Offers internship opportunities for students with disabilities in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business through AAAS.
Inclusively: Connects candidates with disabilities to employers cultivating diverse and inclusive workplaces.
Job Accommodation Network (JAN): Leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.
Lime Connect: Largest network of high potential university students and professionals who happen to have disabilities. Connect them to careers, scholarships, internships, and fellowships.
Project HIRED: Guides job seekers with disabilities to find and sustain meaningful employment through an array of free services.
Workforce Recruitment Program: Connects federal and private sector employers nationwide with college students and recent graduates with disabilities through summer or permanent jobs.
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Promotes progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
American Association of People with Disabilities: Increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities.
American Council of the Blind: Increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life for all blind and visually impaired people.
National Association of the Deaf: Nation’s premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the U.S.