Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources

As a person of color, someone differently-abled, a woman, a veteran, an indigenous person - your background has given you a set of experiences and a perspective that can benefit any organization! Reflect on how your point of view could benefit an employer and highlight those benefits when applying for a job or internship. 

Here are some examples of how you might discuss your identity in the job or internship search process: 

  • Resume: Highlight academic and professional diversity-related connections you have (for example, being a member of a minority professional organization or a diversity-related club)

  • Cover letter: Consider expressing your interest in diversity, equity, and inclusion and making it front and center, if it is something you are prioritizing in employers

  • Interview: Ask your interviewer about the organization’s commitment to diversity and inclusion or explain your desire to work for an organization that values equity and inclusion

To find out if an employer has created an inclusive work environment, consider some of these tips:

  • Is the organization on Diversity Inc.’s Top 50 or other national lists for their diversity policies and programs? What are the criteria for making the list?

  • Can you find a diversity, equity & inclusion philosophy or policy on their website? Remember to look for signs that organizations value both diversity and inclusion of underrepresented groups.

  • Are there any programs or resources for employees focused around issues of concern or for specific groups? For example, Marriott’s Diversity and Inclusion Councils

  • What do others (e.g. peers, alumni, current employees) say about the organizational culture? Keep in mind that every opinion, good or bad, may come with some amount of bias. See below for tips on how to find and connect with people at organizations you’re interested in. See company reviews on Glassdoor.com

Connect to alumni and other professionals:

People who identify similarly to you are very likely already doing the jobs you want to do, for the companies you want to work for. They have gone through what you are now about to go through, and have accumulated wisdom about what it takes to thrive in the professional world. You can learn from the experience of those who have come before. But how do you find them? And when you do find them, how do you connect with them? 

Start by asking friends, family members, professors, and classmates if they know people they can connect you with. And don’t be afraid to reach out to people you find through Sonoma State connections and social media, even if you haven’t met before! Check out MangoConnects for advice on networking and communication that you can adapt when contacting potential connections.

  • Alumni: You can connect with Sonoma State alumni through LinkedIn.

  • Professional Associations and Affinity Groups: Most professional associations offer student memberships at a discount, and memberships usually come with access to programs such as speaker events, or job fairs. You can search for professional associations using the Directory of Associations. Some are specific to certain cultural groups while others will have diversity divisions. Employers may also organize affinity groups for their employees in order to provide a space for business and social inclusion.

  • Mentoring: If you form a strong connection with someone, such as an alumna or other professional, you may consider asking her to be your mentor. Read these tips on choosing a mentor.

How to Handle Workplace Discrimination:
 

Workforce discrimination occurs in many different ways. There are federal laws that prohibit discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, pregnancy, and age. Employers are responsible for complying with the law, but you are responsible for making sure you know and protect your rights.

Did you know that it is against the law for employers to ask you certain questions in a job interview? To learn more about what topics are off-limits and what to do if you are asked about them, see “Handling Improper Interview Questions” from Middlebury College

If you experience discrimination once you have started a job, here are some tips and information about dealing with employment discrimination.

Follow the links below for specific resources:

General Resources for Underrepresented Students
African-American and Black Students
Asian-American, South/East Asian, and Pacific-Islander Students
Indigenous and Native American Students
International Students
Latinx Students
LGBTQIA+ Students
Undocumented and DACA Students
Students with Disabilities
Veteran Students 
Womxn Students

General Resources for Underrepresented Students

African-American and Black Students

  • African American Professional Associations – Compilation of links to the leading African American professional associations, many with career and job sites of their own, collected by Monster.

  • National Bar Association - founded in 1925 and is the nation's oldest and largest national network of predominantly African-American attorneys and judges.

  • National Council of Negro Women - mission is to lead, empower and advocate for women of African descent, their families and communities.

  • National Urban League Job Network – The Urban League Job Network is backed by the National Urban League and is dedicated to helping diverse students find employment opportunities.

  • United Negro College Fund – UNCF is the nation’s largest private scholarship provider to minority group members. It manages various scholarship, fellowship, and internship programs.

  • 100 Black Men of Sonoma County - committed to the intellectual development of African American youth
     

Asian-American, South/East Asian, and Pacific-Islander Students

  • 20 Asian American Organizations You Need to Know - Diversity Best Practices has put together a list of key organizations serving the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community.

  • Asian Life - Pioneer diversity recruitment agency serving Asian people to connect to job opportunities

  • Asia Society - Internships, fellowships, and jobs supporting the Asia Society Global Compact

  • Working Asia - job opportunity board

Indigenous and Native American Students

  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society - awarding nearly $12 million and counting in academic scholarships, AISES offers internships, professional development and career resources, national and regional conferences, leadership development summits, and other STEM-focused programming.

  • Indian Health Service - Indian health careers; an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services

International Students

Latinx Students

  • Ihispano.com - connecting the Latinx community to supportive employers

  • Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement - HACE is committed to supporting your ongoing development and advancement, designed to address the unique cultural values and challenges faced by Latinos

  • Sonoma County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - Promoting growth and prosperity of hispanic business in Sonoma County

  • US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - America’s largest Hispanic business organization, representing over 4.7 million Hispanic-owned businesses.

  • Saludos - Bilingual professionals with a minimum of a B.A. degree are invited to submit your resume and search our database for the job of your dreams!
     

LGBTQIA+ Students 

  • Corporate Equality Index- A national resource tool on corporate policies and benefits pertaining to LGBTQIA+ employees

  • Finding Your Fit- A research tool used to help connect people with the information they need for their start up business/ practice

Job Search Resources and Professional Support

Industry Associations

Undocumented and DACA Students

Students with Disabilities 

Veteran Students 

Womxn Students