Diverse Populations

At the Office of Career Services (OCS), we believe that the diversity of our community strengthens and enriches our campus. OCS is committed to serving students of all backgrounds, identities, and experiences (including and not limited to gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, nationality, socioeconomic status, and disability).

We recognize that issues of identity and career often intersect, and that as diverse professionals, students may face specific challenges navigating career opportunities and the workplace environment.

We encourage students to look through our Resources for Diverse Populations* to learn more about programs and support available for specific populations, and to stop by drop-ins for a one-on-one session with a member of our diverse team of advisers.

We look forward to working with you!

*Please note that this list is meant to serve as a starting point, and as such is not exhaustive.

Resources for Diverse Populations

BGLTQ Students

OCS Overview (pdf)


Out for Work - access the OCS subscription with your Harvard key!
The OUT for Work library serves as a one-stop location for everything LGBTQ career-related: job searching, resumes, interviews, coming out at work, etc. The library houses books, magazines, links, video clips, and more. Please log in with your Harvard credentials to access the OUT for Work library.

Other Resources

  • The Human Rights Campaign Employee Resources – Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization. Find resources on everything from coming out to addressing workplace discrimination.
     
  • Out & Equal Workplace Advocates – A nonprofit dedicated to achieving global LGBT workplace equality. Provides leadership and professional development, education, and research to create workplaces free of discrimination. Hosts the annual Workplace Summit.
     
  • LGBT Connect – Job board for connecting employers with the LGBT community.
     
  • Pride@Work – Nonprofit representing LGBTQ union members and their allies. They focus on LGBTQ-inclusive contracts & policies.


Scholarships/Fellowships

 

  • Point Foundation Scholarship: The Point Foundation Scholarship is now open. Point Foundation is the nation's largest higher education scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students. For more information about the scholarship and the application, visit the Point Foundation website. Deadline: January 29.
     
  • HQ83 Scholarship: At their 20th Reunion, the class of 1983 established the "HQ83 Fellowship," a no-strings attached award of at least $1,000 that goes to a graduating senior as a way of saying "Thanks" for that individual's efforts in the field(s) of queer activism, research and/or community service, all broadly defined. HQ83 is accepting nominations for the next HQ83 Fellow. (If you are a senior, you are welcome to nominate one of your classmates or even yourself.) For more information, see the attachment below. Please submit applications by January 31, 2018 to HQ83 Brian Sands via e-mail (bsnola@hotmail.com)
     
  • Lenn Thrower Fellowship Grant: In Lenn Thrower's name, HQ83 established a research fellowship to provide support to a student doing research in queer studies. They are currently accepting applications for the current grant cycle and plan to award the grant of at least $1,000 by early May, 2018. Applications should include a proposal for the intended research, work previously done on this topic, a current resume and references. Research already in progress is acceptable. For more information, see the attachment below. Please submit applications by January 31, 2018 to HQ83 Brian Sands via e-mail (bsnola@hotmail.com)
     
  • Out for Undergrad (O4U) Conferences: Attend a life-changing weekend conference. In one weekend, you'll explore ambitious career options and build a network of LGBTQ friends and supporters in your industry of choice. The support of participating employers allows O4U to cover the cost of airfare, lodging, and conference participation for all student attendees. Each year O4U selects a diverse and impressive class of high-achievers, and all admitted students travel, stay and attend for free. For more information, visit the O4Uwebsite. Applications for Fall 2018 conferences in tech, marketing, business, and engineering open in February.

 

Grants

  • BGLTQ Student Life Programming Grant: Recognized student organizations are invited to apply for funding from the Office of BGLTQ Student Life. These funds are awarded by the Queer Advisory Council. Individual awards do not exceed $250. See Office of BGLTQ Student Life website for specific information about criteria, eligibility, and the application process. Deadline: Monday, February 5, 5pm.
     
  • The Open Gate Foundation: The Open Gate Foundation is a nonprofit organization formed in 1987 to provide funding for activities at Harvard University that benefit gay and lesbian students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Learn more about the Open Gate Foundation's application process. Grants awarded year-round.

 

 

First-Gen and/or Low Income Students

OCS Overview (pdf)
 

Other Resources

 

International Students

OCS Overview (pdf)


Other Resources

  • Harvard International Office – The HIO has information about Visa types and how to apply. They also have information about travel, taxes, and social security.
     
  • My Visa Jobs – Information about work visas and job board of companies who sponsor visas.
     
  • VisaDoor – Search H1B LCA Database including H1B violators.
     
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services – Information about student visas and employment as well as other helpful links for current and prospective students.
     
  • GoinGlobal – Offers country-specific career and employment advice including salary ranges, work permit regulations, interviewing, and cultural advice. You will also find job boards searchable by country/city and an H1B visa database searchable by state and city.

 

Military Service

Resources:

 

Students of Color

Resources:

 

Students with Disabilities

Resources

  • Harvard University’s Accessible Education Office - information about the services offered, the students worked with, and other offices at Harvard with whom they are in regular contact about supporting a student’s education.
  • Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities - COSD wants to help students “find a meaningful career”…while they “navigate through school.”
     
  • Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities - “The Arts Endowment seeks to address barriers and advance training and career opportunities in the arts for individuals with disabilities.”
     
  • AHEAD: Association on Higher Education and Disability - This association is “committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education.”
     
  • Federal Government’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Disability Employment - This website contains important information for federal agencies to use in recruiting, hiring, and retaining individuals with disabilities and targeted disabilities.
     
  • Lime Connect - They define themselves as “leading the way as the premier resource for top talent in the disability space by attracting, preparing and connecting highly accomplished individuals with disabilities for careers with the world’s leading corporations.”
     
  • The Sierra Group Recruit Disability.org - The organization provides information, guidance, and resources on every aspect of the job search process: salary research, resume suggestions, search job postings, and articles on the latest news.
     
  • Getting Hired - They want to “bridge the gap between job seekers with disabilities and employers looking to hire.” A student gets started by creating a “job account” and is then able to search job postings and their resources.

 

Undocumented Students

OCS Overview (pdf)
 

Other Resources:

 

Women

Resources:

  • Women in Business and Industry - serves as a bridge between women and recruiting firms.
     
  • Women For Hire - throws career events for professional women, promotes networking, and offers career coaching and other job search support.
     
  • Women’s Job List - gathers job listings from a variety of other sites and presents them all through an easy-to-use search interface.
     
  • Women in Technology International - helps provide mentors, networking opportunities and jobs for qualified women in technological fields.
     
  • Career Contessa is an online career development and mentorship platform.