One of our favorite events of the year is the Diversity Career Symposium (DCS). This year it is taking place on Tuesday, February 13 from noon–6:00 p.m. in the EMU. We’d love to see you there! Read on to get all your questions answered.

What is the Diversity Career Symposium?

DCS is an annual event focused on students and alumni who identify with traditionally underrepresented communities. This free event is focused on diversity and gives students opportunities to attend workshops on social equality, job searching, and how to understand and navigate a multicultural world.

The day will kick off with a keynote address by Lou Radja over lunch, and will continue with workshops and a panel of experts. This event creates a shared space with employers to have meaningful conversations with students. The day will conclude with an open networking reception full of great discussions, plus prizes.

Why is it important to attend?

Our goal is to foster an environment where students and employers who share similar identities can learn how to build occupational communities and understand how a multicultural world functions in professional spaces. DCS offer opportunities to grow your professional skillsets and connect with potential employers. DCS also helps create a safe space where opinions are heard, listened to, and acknowledged.

Who can attend?

This event is geared toward current students and alumni who identify with traditionally underrepresented communities, including those from communities of color, those who identify as LGBTQ, those with disabilities, and those who are veterans, but all are welcome!

What will some of the topics be?

The day will explore a variety of topics, including discrimination, breaking down barriers, social equity, how your identity shows up in the workplace, and how to navigate your career.

I have class that afternoon, do I have to stay the entire time?

While you are not required to stay for the entire day, we do ask that if you register you attend as much of the day as possible, as space is limited.

What should I wear?

Keep it casual yet professional (see here for more info). Think slacks and nice shirt, plus professional footwear.

What if I have more questions?

Let us know! Feel free to stop by our office in Hendricks 220, give us a call at 541-346-3235, or email us at career@uoregon.edu.