Diversity. Equity. Empowerment.
Employer Video Series: Supporting Under-Represented Students
Top employers share their thoughts on empowering underrepresented students and why diversity, equity, and inclusion are so important in the workplace.
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, Chancellor, and Ka Yee C. Lee, Provost
UChicago is home to 7,000+ 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
- 7,000+ 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 underrepresented students for success, including:
Career Advancement Programs
- Student-Employer Forum. Hear directly from underrepresented students on what they look for in an employer and share best practices with other organizations on how to attract and retain diverse talent. The forum will be held on November 5, 2021.
- 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 February 3, 2022.
- Luther H. Foster, Jr. Public Service Internship Program. The Luther H. Foster, Jr. Public Service Internship Program provides career resources, leadership development, and funded internship opportunities for students who are dedicated to promoting the success of underrepresented populations in public interest careers. The program will provide internships and professional development resources for students committed to amplifying these voices in politics and social impact. The program is open to all students, and students from under-served backgrounds are particularly encouraged to participate. 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 underrepresented 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.
- Rising Attorneys Program. The Rising Attorneys Program promotes the success of future law students, with a special focus on those from low-income families and underrepresented populations. The program is open to rising third- and fourth-year students and recent alumni who are planning to apply to law school within the next five years and can commit to taking the LSAT in October 2021. The program is open to all who meet the above criteria; those from underrepresented backgrounds and/or low-income families are particularly encouraged to participate.
- Trott Career Catalyst. The Trott Career Catalyst program is a selective cohort of first-year students from low and middle-income families, first-generation, rural, and other underrepresented backgrounds. The program offers a series of career exploration events and internships within the fields of business, behavioral science, computer and data sciences, engineering, and law. The program is funded by a generous gift from Trott Family Philanthropies and BDT & Co.
- Us in STEM. Us in STEM is dedicated to broadening the participation of underrepresented students interested in pursuing careers in a STEM discipline. We level the playing field and remove barriers to entry into STEM by building community, and providing students with transformative programming and internships to gain valuable skills and technical experience. All College students are eligible for the program, and students engaged in Black, African American, and Hispanic/Latinx communities are highly encouraged to participate. The program is funded by a generous gift from Frank Baker, AB ’94, co-founder and managing partner at Siris Capital and University Trustee.
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.