LGBTQI+

The Hiatt Career Center supports LGBTQI+ undergraduate students and alumni to consider how intersecting identities might impact work and professional development. You may have questions about your job search that your straight and cisgender peers may not.

The OUT for Work Career Center Certification Program, designed to assess the quality, quantity and availability of career resource materials for LGBTQI+ students, certified the Hiatt Career Center as Silver in 2010.

Career Help

In addition to campus resources including the Gender and Sexuality Center, Hiatt can help you explore how identity intersects with career and work. Gender identity and sexual orientation may play multiple roles in your career. Some students choose to focus on advocacy work such as working for an LGBTQI+ advocacy or community group. Others may join a LGBTQI+ affinity group for employees at their organization. In addition to the role in your career, you may have questions about employment rights, coming out at work, and getting connected to other LGBTQI+ professionals.

General Resources

Human Rights Campaign: Workplace resources including an employer database to search for information on employment policies and practices pertaining to LBGTQ issues and the annual Corporate Equality index, ranking employers based on their policies and practices related to the LGBT community.

Employer Affinity Groups are a popular way for companies to demonstrate their inclusive workplace practices. These groups, similar to student clubs, provide an opportunity for LGBTQ individuals to collaborate and network. Learn more about The Faces of Workplace Equality.

Employment Rights

Gender identity and sexual orientation protections vary by city and state. There is a mixture of federal, state, and local protections which can vary by type of organization (federal government/federal contractor or private company), but it is helpful to review the current protections for your area.

Out at Work

Many LGBTQI+ workers have questions about being out, coming out, or transitioning in their workplace. Sexuality and identity can be revealed many ways from initial resumes and interviews to casual workplace conversations. When and how to discuss these topics is an individual choice. Consider meeting with trusted friends, peers, mentors, and staff at the Gender and Sexuality Center or Hiatt to discuss details.

Including LGBTQI-specific awards, scholarships, advocacy work, or involvement in students clubs and organizations, is one way to convey or disclose sexuality/identity in a resume or cover letter. You can also choose to use more generic terms, for example referring to "student diversity group" instead of "Queer People of Color Coalition."

When to share your preferred name is also a personal choice with no right or wrong answer. Resumes and cover letters are not legal documents; you can use the name you prefer to be known by. Employment documents for background checks, tax information, and insurance paperwork should have your legal name on them.

Networking

In addition to the support and network you have at Brandeis, look for resources to help connect you to other LGBTQI+ students and employees who can act as mentors and guides. Learn more about creating your own network.

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