Commitment to Diversity

The Hiatt Career Center supports Brandeis undergraduate students and alumni of all affiliations, backgrounds, identities and preferences in considering how intersecting identities might impact work and professional development.

Becoming Anti-Racist

Following Hiatt's commitment to building a space for students, alumni, employers, colleagues, parents and families that is welcoming and free from bias and discrimination, Hiatt is actively engaged with the Black Action Plan and efforts to address systemic racism at Brandeis. This section will be updated regularly to share current information with our community on updates based on conversations with the Black Action Plan and ongoing anti-racist efforts.

Networking and Job Opportunities

Hiatt cultivates job and internship opportunities and networking events focused on and shared with Black Students and Students of Color. DEI and diverse candidates here include all types of affiliations, backgrounds, identities and preferences.

  • DEI Opportunity — allows students to search for roles and opportunities in Handshake with employers looking to hire diverse candidates. Opportunities include national organizations as well as dozens of Black-Owned and Led Companies on Handshake.
  • The Rise Together Mentor Network is an online platform that engages Brandeis students and alumni from all over the world to make connections, exchange career advice, expand their network and learn more about industries, careers and the world of work. Students that join Rise Together gain access to a pool of dedicated alumni looking to foster career connection, get introduced to specific industries, roles and career fields of interest by joining subgroups, and much more!
  • The DEI Career Connections Group is a biweekly email with career opportunities and positions that are specifically welcoming for diverse populations.

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Engaging With Diverse Communities

At Hiatt, we make an intentional effort to reach out to all students and engage them in the career development process. Since 2017, Hiatt has focused and tracked this engagement across elements of diversity where possible to look for areas of improvement.

33% of undergraduates are students of color and 34% of users of Hiatt are students of color.Image description: 33% of undergraduates are students of color and 34% of users of Hiatt are students of color.

This bar chart shows engagement data for the spring of 2022.Image description: This bar chart shows engagement data for the spring of 2022.

Ecosystem Partners

We value the experiences, perspectives, ideas and insights that our partners provide and proactively look for ways to collaborate, organize and develop programs to better support and engage with our vast student and alumni populations.

To assist with the streamlining of diversity initiatives and communications, Hiatt has a designated staff member to act as a liaison between our office and campus partners and student groups. We regularly conduct outreach and collaborations with campus partners and student groups.

Career Events

Hiatt regularly brings together experts, employers and alumni to meet and speak with students in classes, online, and in-person for exploration, preparation and networking. We also host, create and co-sponsor various career programs and fairs throughout the academic year.

As an office, we are committed to increasing the number of professional development opportunities for diverse communities. Our work in this area ranges from targeted educational programming, evaluation of service usage equity, and career counseling satisfaction, representation in programming (e.g., alumni and career panels), targeted outreach and communication, employer partnerships in organizations committed to Black employees and employees of Color, collaboration with and support of the Alumni of Color Network, and supporting employers and consortia as they develop programs and opportunities for Black students and students of Color.

Working With Hiatt

Our nationally recognized staff is committed to working with undergraduate students and alumni inclusive of all identities, backgrounds and interests. Our professional staff members have unique backgrounds and career trajectories of their own; with diverse training, education, and experience in areas ranging from career development, consulting, counseling, education, law, marketing, multicultural affairs, and psychology.

Career counselors have received advanced training in working with multicultural populations through graduate programs, ongoing professional development, and/or university-wide in-service training. Staff frequently have conversations with students and alumni on issues that touch on ability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, social and economic capital, mental/physical/emotional health, and others as they relate to career development.

Our student-facing staff includes career counselors as well as trained undergraduate Hiatt Advisors representing diverse and intersecting identities.