Showcasing Your Diversity
Legal Rights (Section 504)
Disclosing your disability to your college is completely optional, but it’s required if you plan to receive academic adjustments. Examples of academic adjustments:
- Sound amplification aids
- Speech-to-text software
- Accessible testing locations
- Note-taking services
- Priority class registration
- Sign language interpretation
- Course substitutions
Questions to Consider when Approaching Applications
- Disclosing your disability
- What laws apply to you
- Your rights seeking employment
- What is considered reasonable accommodation?
- What are your rights under the ADA?
College to Career Program
Join a cohort of 25 students to receive career development support and resources. This is reserved exclusively for Pitt seniors with disabilities. Participate in panels, workshops, an etiquette dinner, and more. For more information, please contact Jocelyn Gaydos, Program Coordinator for the College to Career Program.
- National Career Development Association
- American Disability Association
- Disability Job Exchange
- U.S. Department of Education - Rehabilitation Act
- U.S. Department of Education - Office of Civil Rights
- U.S. Department of Education - State Contacts
- National Center for Education Statistics
- Project Freedom
- Pennsylvania Workforce Development
- Workforce Recruitment Program
- Pennsylvania Career Link
The Office of Career Development and Placement Assistance recognizes that LGBTQIA+ students may face challenges or questions in their internship and job searches. As such, our office is committed to assisting students with their specific questions and career related concerns such as:
- Resumes & Interviews (CDPA Coming Out Job Search Handout)
- Exploring community non-discrimination policies
- Coming out in the workplace
Searching for Jobs & Internships
In addition to utilizing Handshake and researching specific employers, there are several resources and websites designed to assist job seekers in finding LGBTQIA+ friendly employers.
- Out for Work
- Pro Gay Jobs
- Out and Equal
- Out Professionals
- Human Rights Campaign: Corporate Equality Index
LGBTQIA+ Career Resources
In addition to seeking for positions, there are many resources dedicated to other aspects of professional life, such as networking, student and professional organizations, legal rights, and other general information.
Rights in the Workplace
- Pitt Student Affairs LGBTQIA+ Resources
- PERSAD Center
- Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh
- Pitt Rainbow Alliance
- Out for Undergrad
- Out Professionals
- HRC: Student/Professional Organizations by Industry
Tips for Assessing Employers
Check Company Websites:
- Do they have specific programs, resources or networks in place?
- Do they have non-discrimination policies that explicitly mention LGBTQIA+ persons?
- Look for information about benefits.
Check External Sources:
- Are they in the Human Rights Campaigns database?
- Search for the employer on Google and look for outside information about the company climate.
- Do you know anyone who has worked for/with the company that you can talk to?
- Utilize the interview process to ask questions about diversity and the culture of the organization.
If you would like any more information or would like to discuss LGBTQIA+ with a member of staff, please email Chloe McILwaine at email@example.com.
- The nontraditional student population is vast, diverse, and evolving. The definition varies but generally, the term “nontraditional” refers to students identifying as any combination of: part-time, adult learners, returning/re-entry, commuter, veteran, individuals who work full-time, who have dependents other than a spouse or partner or who do not have a high school diploma. Here in CDPA, we value your unique situation and recognize the challenges that you face.
Below are a number of ways in which CDPA works to support you:
- Partnerships with College of General Studies to host networking events for nontraditional students
- Distance Appointment Options for those not able to make it to campus (phone, Skype, Email)
- Flexible Office Hours
- One-on-one career counseling
Tips for Nontraditional Students
- Begin working with CDPA as soon as you arrive at Pitt! Don’t wait until you graduate.
- If you need an internship to graduate make sure that you start the search early as you may have limited options due to your work or home schedule.
- Participate in all the programs that CDPA hosts such as the job shadow program, employer information sessions, mock interviews, job fairs and networking receptions.
As a veteran, you have established a unique set of skills and you have professional experiences that will prove valuable in the civilian workforce. Here are the top 10 reasons employers hire veterans according to hirevetsfirst.com.
In recognizing your strengths, we at CDPA also appreciate the challenges associated with transitioning back into the culture of civilian work environments. CDPA is here to provide resources to assist you during this next phase of your career journey.
Below are just a number of ways we can support you:
- Individual career counseling: meet with Brianna McMeekin, our career consultant for Veteran and Military Students
- Walk-in appointments
- Networking events specifically for our veteran and military students
- Career workshops
Tips for Veterans
- Begin working with CDPA as soon as you arrive at Pitt! Don't wait until you graduate.
- Attend Specialized Workshops on resumes and interviewing to learn valuable skills to help you land the interview and the job.
- Participate in all the programs that CDPA hosts, such as the job shadow program, employer information sessions, mock interviews, job fairs and networking receptions.
- Get connected with other Pitt Military students by joining PITT VETS a chapter of the Student Veterans Association.
Veteram Resource Links
- The GI Bill
- Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania
- O*net Military career translator
- VetNet - A Career Service for Those Who've Served
- Military Job Board (Recruit Military)
- Military Job Board (GIJobs)
- Vow to Hire Heroes Act
- Resume Tips for Veterans
- Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
- Google for Veterans
- The Riley Guide to Veteran Job Search
Despite the passage of the Equal Pay Act nearly 50 years ago, women are still impacted in many industries by a wage gap impacting hiring salaries and annual increases. On average, women working full-time earn about 80 cents for every dollar that a man earns in a similar position with similar qualifications. In order to help students be informed about this process and advocate for their own success, CDPA assists all students with resources and information about salary negotiation, average salaries by industry, and national and regional hiring data.
(Source: U.S. Department of Labor)
Job Search Resources
- Career Women The leading national online career center by and for women. Tailored to the needs of today's working women, CareerWomen.com provides job seekers easy, targeted access to top employers and recruiters who are actively looking to recruit and hire women.
- Catalyst The leading nonprofit organization with a mission to expand opportunities for women and business. We are dedicated to creating more inclusive workplaces where employees representing every dimension of diversity can thrive.
- Office of Women’s Business Ownership Part of the U.S. Small Business Administration, their mission is to establish and oversee a network of Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) throughout the United States and its territories They have fostered the participation of women entrepreneurs in the economy, especially those who have been historically under-served or excluded.
- Women for Hire The leading women’s and diversity career recruitment specialist, this site offers comprehensice products and services exclusively for top employers in every field that support and enhance your company’s commitment to diversity.
- American Business Women’s Association
- Association for Women in Communications
- American Medical Women's Association
- National Association of Professional Women
- National Association of Women Business Owners
- National Organization for Women
- Society of Women Engineers
- UM Women’s Commission
- Pitt Women in Business
- The American Association of University Women
- Lean In
- Pittsburgh Professional Women
While international students face unique challenges in seeking U.S. employment after graduation, they also have experience and skills that are valued in the U.S. job market. To be successful in your job search as an international student, be sure to take advantage of the programs and resources offered by CDPA. Also, it’s important to visit the Office of International Services, as they offer resources and information on work regulation guidelines.
International Student and Community Resource List
- Student Guide to Pittsburgh
- Career Workshops and Programs for International Students (Global Career Series)
- Dining Etiquette
- Candid Career
- Writing Center
- U.S. Employment Regulations
- Global Pittsburgh
- Vibrant Pittsburgh
- Immigration/Refugee Services
- Embassy Worldwide
- Department of Homeland Security
- My Visa Jobs
- Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
- International Student Financial Aid Resources
- Passport Career and Registration Key: upitt789
- Alternatives to the H1B
- H1B Companies in Pittsburgh
If you would like more information or would like to discuss the Global Career Series with a member of staff, please email Stasia Lopez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are committed to supporting students and alumni from all backgrounds, both inside and outside of the classroom. We encourage you to explore how companies value attracting diverse candidates to build an inclusive culture. In addition, the Office of Cross Cultural and Leadership Development (CCLD) offers resources and student organizations that support our diverse student body.
Job Search Resources
- Asian Career Network The foremost network for Asian professionals, their mission is to provide the Asian-American community with a trusted professional network. This site pairs members with employers who are serious about building a diverse workforce to meet the need of an increasingly diverse customer base.
- Black Career Network Provides a professional network for African-Americans that makes your job search as productive as possible. Black Career Network has taken the job search from what is all too often, a lonely and discouraging experience to a communal one that motivates and inspires members along their journey to achieve their life goals.
- Black Collegian Online The career and job site for African-American colleges students, this site includes articles, features, and internship/job opportunities.
- HireDiversity.com The nation´s leading online service for diversity recruitment and career education. HireDiversity.com provides top quality services and networking opportunities, while linking under-represented candidates with Fortune 1000 Corporations, Government Agencies, and Non-Profit/Educational Institutions.
- Native American Jobs This site is your link to diversity and indigenous employment. Provides resources for career-minded individual looking for careers in all communities and includes tribal and non-trical compnaies across the nation.
- Network of Indian Professionals The purpose of NetIP is to serve as an organization that meets the needs of South Asian professionals in North America as they grow in their professional and personal lives. Over the years, NetIP has become a premier networking brand in our community.