Career Center Statement on Racial Injustice and Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion
The MU Career Center wants to acknowledge the tragedies involving racism and injustice. These have been acts of overt, hostile, and dangerous racism. The mental, physical, and emotional impact of these events cannot be overstated, especially for the Black community. Many of our Black colleagues, staff, students, and friends are hurting and suffering. We share in the anger and concern over the deaths of Jacob Blake, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and many others. The MU Career Center is committed to collectively continuing to work toward social justice and promoting diversity and inclusion.
We encourage you to read the MU Career Center’s Statement on Inclusivity below as well as the communication shared by one of our professional organizations, the National Association of Colleges & Employers.
MU Career Center Staff
The MU Career Center is dedicated to providing an inviting environment where students are empowered to pursue lifelong career development. We celebrate students of all identities as we strive to help individuals feel confident in their career decision making journey. As a staff, we promote open and honest dialogues about how to make ourselves, our services, and our staff more inclusive. We work to understand our own intersectional identities and to display cultural competence as we provide services. We support all Mizzou students and welcome you to engage with us as we continue to grow together as a campus and community.
Inclusion and Diversity Career Resources
Mizzou Career Tools: There are more than 100 resources on our Career Tools site that support the career development of diverse student groups, including: student veterans, students with disabilities, students of color, LGBTQ students and international students.
NACE Career Readiness Competencies: The National Association of College and Employers (NACE), comprised of employers and career services professionals, developed a definition of career readiness and identified core competencies all new college graduates should possess. One of the eight competencies is Global/Intercultural Fluency which states that individuals “value, respect, and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religions.”
NACE Employer Diversity & Inclusion Resources: The National Association of College and Employers (NACE) has numerous resources, assessments, benchmarks and sample materials aimed at recruiters to them address diversity and inclusion in talent acquisition and employee relations.
NCDA Diversity Statement: The National Career Development Association (NCDA), which guides best practices among career services professionals, adopted a statement to affirm its positon promoting social justice and honoring diversity through an intersectional perspective.
Inclusion and Diversity Campus Resources
The MU Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity (IDE) exists to foster an inclusive living, learning, and working community where everyone is valued and inspired to reach their full potential. IDE achieves this overarching goal through programming efforts, support services and learning spaces for all students, staff, faculty and retirees. Thanks to these efforts and many others, Mizzou is in position to become a national exemplar where the campus, local communities, and the state embody inclusive excellence.
Mizzou also sponsors six social justice centers that educate, support and advocate for an inclusive and culturally adept campus environment, specifically providing a support system and resources for the concerns and needs of students from marginalized and/or underrepresented identity groups. The following organizations complement academic programs of study and enrich the quality of campus life:
- Center for Academic Success & Excellence (CASE)
- Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center
- LGBTQ Resource Center
- Multicultural Center
- Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center (RSVP)
- Women’s Center