DEI Series: A Meaningful Approach to DEI & Students’ Career Decision-Making

  • Career Level: Basic-, intermediate-, and advanced-level career services and university relations and recruiting professionals
  • Competency: Program design, implementation, and evaluation
  • Fee: FREE (member); $69 (nonmember);
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  • Summary

    Thanks to our sponsor, Chevron, this event is free to NACE members.

    Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is a core value for today’s generation. According to, Gen Z and millennials now make up nearly half (46%) of the full-time workforce in the United States. SDSU career services serves a highly diverse student population. They are working actively and diligently to support students who identify with communities that are historically underrepresented in professional settings, i.e. communities of color, military veterans, the LGBTQIA+ community, and those with varying abilities, as they explore and discover where identity and career intersect, while discussing how cultural influences can lead to empowered career-decision making.

    Throughout this session, participants will engage in dialogue to understand theoretical foundations that SDSU career services has implemented to design DEI programming, including theories on cultural humility, and the importance of being “other-oriented” to address issues of inequities in the workplace and in society. Tenets of experiential learning support student learning holistically as it highlights the importance of direct experience, and in some ways, challenge students, as they find inequities in society and the professional world.

    The presenters will also explore what diversity, equity, and inclusion means as it relates to the importance of having student representation from different lived experiences to guide DEI education through career development. Participants will investigate what it means to have intentional, meaningful engagement with employers, who increasingly highlight DEI within their recruitment initiatives. Examples of such events will be highlighted.

    Following this program, you will be able to:

    • Engage in dialogue of key theoretical foundations that are used to seek funding and create programming for DEI and career development;
    • Identify innovative and practical programming ideas to connect student engagement, career development, and DEI; and
    • Identify inclusive and equitable leading practices and strategies for collaborations that support student career and identity exploration.


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