Diversity. Equity. Empowerment.
The Importance of Diversity: Voices, Perspectives, Backgrounds
Building a community that's diverse by design.
“The University of Chicago has long espoused two critical values: a deep and foundational commitment to free expression and rigorous inquiry, and the importance of the rich diversity of the campus community.
This commitment demands that the University create a climate of respect, civility, and inclusion. We must be an intellectual community where all scholars feel welcome, heard, and encouraged to do their best work. Students, faculty, and staff all play pivotal roles in creating this environment where ideas are challenged, new fields of inquiry are defined, and conventional wisdom is questioned."
-Robert J. Zimmer, President, and Ka Yee C. Lee, Provost
UChicago is home to 6,700+ undergraduates from many different identities, cultures, and geographic locations – each with their own unique strengths and talents.
Career Advancement helps students draw on their diverse perspectives and backgrounds to reimagine what’s possible, drive innovation, and make an impact in communities around the world.
Our UChicago Community
- 6,700+ undergraduate students
- 50% students of color
- 49% female
- 15% international students
- 50+ languages spoken
Leveling the Playing Field and Bridging Gaps
Breaking down barriers to opportunity and success.
Not every student comes to college with the same resources and experiences. But regardless of where you’re starting from, we’re here to help you build your skills, gain experience, and reach your goals.
Career Advancement collaborates with employers of many different industries to offer programs and resources that prepare under-represented students for success, including:
Career Advancement Programs
- Diversity + Inclusion Summit. Celebrate diversity in the workplace and connect with employers who are committed to hiring diverse talent. This day-long, conference style event will include breakout session workshops and networking opportunities. The summit will be held on January 21, 2021.
- Luther H. Foster, Jr. Public Service Internship Program. The goal of the Luther H. Foster, Jr. Program is to increase representation of African-Americans and people of color in government and politics. The program supports students committed to this goal with professional development programming and substantive internship opportunities with a diverse range of public sector employers. Program advisers help students launch successful careers as elected officials, legislative aides, executive agency officers, policy researchers, and other public interest roles. All College students are welcome to participate, and under-represented students are strongly encouraged to get involved. The program is named in honor of Luther H. Foster, Jr., AM’41, Ph.D’51, UChicago alumnus and distinguished leader of the Tuskegee Institute (now known as Tuskegee University).
- John W. Rogers, Jr. Internship Program in Finance. To help students launch successful careers in financial services, the program provides personalized advising, training in technical skills, and funded internships at nonprofit investment offices. All College students are welcome to participate, and under-represented students are strongly encouraged to get involved. The program is funded by a generous gift from John W. Rogers, Jr., LAB’76, University Trustee, and Chairman and CEO of Ariel Investments.
- Odyssey Metcalf Internship Program. As part of the University’s Odyssey Scholarship for students from families with limited income, Career Advancement gives all Odyssey Scholars the opportunity to complete a funded internship in the summer after their first year in the College. In addition to this paid internship, Odyssey Scholars benefit from quarterly check-ins with specially trained career advisers and professional development workshops that prepare them to thrive during their summer internship.
- Odyssey Metcalf Fellowship Grant. The Odyssey Metcalf Fellowship Grant provides funding for second through fourth-year Odyssey Scholars who have secured unpaid internships. The program allows students to pursue their passion with a stipend for their summer living expenses. Remote and onsite internships in any industry are eligible.
Lead by Example
Be a leader in your community and support the success of those who come after you.
Career Advancement can help you find opportunities to build leadership skills, find mentors, and share what you’ve learned with the next generation of students. Your story can inspire students to take new paths, aim high, and stay motivated.
There are many ways you can help yourself and your peers, including:
- Find a mentor, be a mentor. Sign up for an account on UChicago Wisr where you can connect with successful UChicago alumni across a wide range of industries. After you graduate, stay involved with Wisr and give students the opportunity to reach out to you for career advice. By sharing as little as 30 minutes of your time, you can change a student’s life!
- Hire UChicago interns and micro-interns. Give students the skills and experience they need to thrive in the job market by providing opportunities through the Jeff Metcalf Internship Program, the Micro-Metcalf Program, and specialized diversity internship cohorts.
- Become a UChicago champion at your employer. Advocate for current students by encouraging your employer to hire from UChicago and participate in diversity recruiting programs.