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)


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. Deadlines are typically in January.
  • 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 O4U website. Applications for Fall conferences in tech, marketing, business, and engineering open in February and are due June 23, 2019.

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.
  • 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.
  • GoinGlobal – International job and internship opportunities, resume guidelines, H1B visa database, and more.
  • Interstride - H1B visa database, country guides, job and internship postings, and more.
  • 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.

Military Service

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Students of Color

Resources:

Students with Disabilities

Resources

Undocumented Students

OCS Overview (pdf)
 

Other Resources:

College Guide Series for Undocumented Students

Women

Resources:

  • Harvard College Women's Center programming include career-related offerings such as the WiSTEM Career Panel, a discussion on professional opportunities for identity-based studies, combatting harassment in the workplace, and professional dress.
  • Forté Foundation Business 360° Blog features articles and other media aimed to support women leaders. Filter posts by industry, career stage, topics, and format.
  • Grace Hopper Celebration is the world's largest gathering of women technologists. It is produced by AnitaB.org and presented in partnership with ACM. Though the support of Harvard SEAS and the Anne Popkin Innovation Fund, the CS Diversity Committee funds undergraduates to attend (applications are due in May for the following fall's celebration). A group-sourced list of outside funding opportunities for Grace Hopper Celebration can be found here (opportunities are added as they open: https://github.com/Ladies-Storm-Hackathons/GHC-Scholarships.
  • Career Contessa is an online career resource that addresses the unique challenges facing women. Access free resources like articles, company profiles, and Q&A interviews.