BIPOC Students

Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) are anyone who identifies as Black, Native American, Native Hawaiian, Alaskan Native, Desi, Asian, Pacific Islander, Chicanx or Latinx. The perspectives and experiences these folks bring to a work environment are inherently valuable, though the journey to success may be difficult due to systemic barriers created and upheld by white supremacy. Students and alumni who identify as BIPOC (or any of the identities therein) will find below a wealth of resources to help them on the road to finding meaningful co-ops and careers. This page was inspired by the resources developed by the Hiatt Career Center at Brandeis.

Support at Wentworth

BIPOC students do not grow up with the same lived experience and culture, but there are some common challenges that they may face during the job search process and while in the workplace. BIPOC students may need support with identifying whether or not a company is inclusive, addressing harassment or discrimination in the workplace, and building a network where they may not have one. Additionally, employers may seem eager to hire diverse talent, but many are not prepared to do so.

Talk with us about:

  • Expanding your network or building a professional network from the ground up.
  • How to determine whether or not a company or workplace is inclusive.
  • Harassment, discrimination, and unconscious bias in the workplace and interview process.
  • Presenting your race or ethnicity in the application process.
  • Sharing involvement in cultural groups on- or off-campus on your resume.

On-Campus Resources and Communities:

The main on-campus resource for BIPOC students is the Center for Social Justice and Diversity Programs (CSJDP). Check out their website for office hours, upcoming events, and resources. There are a number of cultural and identity-based professional groups on-campus that we recommend students get involved with – more information, social media, and meeting times can be found on Leopard Spot.

Resources

General BIPOC Resources

Hack.Diversity
Is a workforce development nonprofit advancing a more inclusive, innovative, and prosperous Boston. Check out their site for upcoming events.

People of Color in Tech (POCIT)
A platform connecting people of color with jobs in the tech industry.

National Association of Minority Architects
Mission of building of a strong national organization, strong chapters, and strong members for the purpose of minimizing the effect of racism in profession. Site includes news and events.

Professional Diversity Network
Job search engines for a variety of BIPOC identities including Black Career Network, Asian Careers Network, and iHispano.

Fortune – Best Workplaces for Diversity
Yearly list curated by Fortune on top inclusive companies to work for as identified by employees. You can drill down by identity group, too.

Name Pronunciation Tool on LinkedIn
Useful tool to help employers learn to pronounce non-Anglo names. You should never feel like you must change or “whiten” your name for the workplace.

Identity Specific Resources

Resources for Black Students and Alumni

National Black MBA Association
Boston chapter for NBMBAA professional association. Networking opportunities for Black folks in business.

African American Women in Technology (AAWIT)
Group of networks for African American women employed in or seeking employment in the field of Information Technology (IT).

Black Enterprise
Career-related news and events for Black folks in business.

Black Founders
Group that stimulates tech entrepreneurship and fosters economic growth – hosts events and conferences for Black entrepreneurs.

Black in Technology
Community and media organization providing resources and guidance for Black folks in technology.

Black Girls Code
Resources, events, and community for Black women in computer science.

Black Men Code
Resources, events, and community for Black men in computer science.

Black Tech Pipeline #BTP
News, articles, job opportunities for Black folks in tech.

National Society of Black Engineers
Premier professional organization for Black folks in engineering. Professional networking opportunities, job board, events, etc.

Organization of Black Designers
Resources and job board for Black designers including architects, interior designers, and folks in furniture design.

National Urban League Jobs Network
Job search engine powered by the National Urban League, for various industries.

Black Women’s Career Network
Career network for Black women across industries.

Fortune – Best Workplaces for African Americans
Yearly Fortune article identifying top companies for African Americans.

Resources for Indigenous Students and Alumni

American Indian Science and Engineering Society
Professional organization including resources for students and professionals, and news and events.

Indigenous Careers
Job board for indigenous folks in Canada, the United States, New Zealand, and Australia.

US Department of the Interior – Indian Affairs
Summary of student opportunities within the US Federal Government, specifically in Indian Affairs (preference given to American Indians and Alaskan Natives).

National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
Summary of fellowship opportunities for native youth and resources.

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science
Inclusive organization fostering success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in STEM. Site includes job board, news, and events.

Native American Jobs
Job board for various industries.

Indian Health Service
Job board for roles in the Indian Health Service.

Resources for Latinx Students and Alumni

Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA) National and Boston Chapter
Professional organization focusing on developing Latinx business leaders in the United States with industry focus on healthcare, life sciences, investments and technology.

PROSPANICA – The Association of Hispanic MBAs & Business Professionals
Latinx professional development and career opportunities, job board, networking opportunities.

Hispanic Alliance for Career Development (HACE)
Career resources, job postings, networking; scholarships and leadership trainings for Latinx college students.

LatPro
Spanish-language and bilingual jobs, articles for Latinx job seekers, employer research and national career fair listings.

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science
Inclusive organization fostering success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in STEM. Site includes job board, news, and events.

Resources for Asian American and Pacific Islander Students and Alumni

National Association of Asian American Professionals
Personal and professional development.

Asian Jobs.com
Job board with opportunities for multilingual English and Asian language speakers.

Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)
Organization where folks representing all pan Asian cultures can connect & support each other. STEM career fair, conference, career resources.

Asian American Architects and Engineers Association (AAESC)
Platform empowering professionals working in the built environment in personal and professional growth, business development and networking, and leadership in the Asian American community.