Outgrowth of a program that was delivered at Boston College where Benny was a facilitator; his more recent experience includes developing outreach to Students of Color at Harvard University
Nancy is working on her Doctorate in Education and her focus is on students of color in higher education; her experience includes building partnerships with cultural centers on-campus at Northeastern University
Why this topic?
Social and economic barriers which faces many person’s of color with respect to work, we both felt this should be addressed more often as part of general career counseling practice
Students of color often experience a wider variety of career barriers due to a lack of mentors, conflicting cultural values, anticipated discrimination in the workplace, discouragement in applying to graduate school, and financial barriers (Flores & Spanierman, 1998; Ulloa & Herrera, 2006)
Students of color often under-utilize career resources on-campus
Demographic shift in US population points to an increasingly diverse college student population
Career development theories, while universal, does not account for the unique experiences of various populations of students
Systemic inequalities still persist with respects to career attainment and salaries
A first generation African American college student named “John Smith” comes to the Career Center for his counseling appointment to inquire about job opportunities in the field of advertising upon graduation. This is John’s first time in the career center and he is apprehensive about the services he will receive. He feels that being a student of color certain assumptions will already be made regarding his preparedness or his ability to acquire a job.
The career counselor is a female who has an extensive background in career counseling, but hasn’t had the opportunity to do specific outreach to students of color on-campus and to be honest she is a little nervous because she is not sure how she will be perceived being a “White” counselor.
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