Reducing Social Class Barriers to Career Development Success

Robert Smith

CAREER CONSULTANT, DEGREE COMPLETION OFFICE, DIVISION OF UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

Kate Thedwall

DIRECTOR, GATEWAY TO GRADUATION, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE

Latoria Thomas-Lee

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, CAREER ADVISING, PRE-PROFESSIONAL AND CAREER PREPARATION, SCHOOL OF SCIENCE

Results and future of the project

In spring 2019 our team received the NASPA Socioeconomic and Class Issues in Higher Education Knowledge Community Outstanding Campus Program Award for our excellent teamwork in our efforts to effect campus change around social class issues.

Continued work will focus on activities that raise awareness of the career needs of students and provide tangible resources and action items. The work will continue to center around three ideas: How might we reduce career-related barriers through educating ourselves and employers? How might we better prepare students for the reality of the workplace? How might we develop in our students and graduates a sense of belonging in the workplace?