Diverse Populations

We at the Office of Career Services (OCS) affirm that #Blacklivesmatter and acknowledge systemic racism in our society as well as the inequities and injustices faced by the Black community in particular. In the wake of the recent tragic killings, and too many other Black lives before them, we join our students and colleagues in the work being done to dismantle systemic racism and to support Black members of our community.

At the Office of Career Services (OCS), we acknowledge that career advancement is a social justice issue. Having only four Black CEOs of Fortune 500 companies is not acceptable in corporate America in 2020. OCS believes 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 diverse students may face specific challenges, including systemic racism, as they become professionals navigating career opportunities and the workplace environment.

We would like to call attention to the statement on racial injustice by Dr. John Silvanus Wilson, Senior Adviser and Strategist to the President, Office for Diversity Inclusion and Belonging at Harvard. We shared below the resources compiled by the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, which include resources for learning about systemic racism and healing from race-related trauma.

We also invite you to review the OCS Resources for Diverse Populations to get an idea of some of the resources and programs designed to recruit and support diverse talent in the workplace. We will be enhancing our Resources for Diverse Populations and invite our students and colleagues to partner with us on programming dedicated to discussing diversity and inclusion and supporting diverse talent in the workplace. We especially recognize the need for specific programming for our Black students and look forward to growing our collaborations with Black Harvard alumni and student organizations.

Resources from the Harvard Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:

Learning about Systemic Racism

Healing from Race-related Trauma

Black CEOs source: Business Insider, 2/28/20

Harvard College Black Student Association (BSA) student-compiled resources 

 

*Please note that the list of resources below 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.

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

  • Harvard First Generation Program (HFGP) - focuses on directing college awareness to future first generation college students
  • Harvard Primus - Student group facilitating the transition to college for first generation students, building a community, and providing a voice and platform for advocacy.
  • First Generation Harvard Alumni Network (FGHA) - mentoring, advocacy, and networking opportunities for first-generation and/or low-income students and alumni of Harvard University.
  • Academic Resource Center (ARC) - academic counseling, workshops and discussions, peer tutoring, the Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies, and self-help materials.
  • Future Global Leaders Fellowship – Leadership training, high-level mentorship, and global internship funding.

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

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.
  • 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 - This organization defines itself 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 - This organization seeks 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.
  • Job Accommodation Network - Ask questions about ADA, accommodations, and more specific resources.
  • AAAS Entry Point - This American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) program "identifies and recruits students with apparent and non-apparent disabilities studying in science, engineering, math, computer science, and some fields of business for internship and co-op opportunities."
  • National Business & Disability Council at The Viscardi Center - They are "an employer organization and comprehensive resource for disability best practices."
  • Emerging Leaders Internship Program for College Students with Disabilities - A highly competitive program that places top undergraduate and graduate college students with disabilities in fulfilling internships nationwide that also provide them with meaningful leadership development and networking opportunities.

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.