Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 1:00–6:00 p.m.

Please join us for the Oregon Diversity Career Symposium, a collaboration between the University of Oregon and Oregon State University. With the theme of “Own Your Story,” the symposium has been reimagined to unite a diverse group of students from both campuses during one powerful and engaging virtual event.

Who Can Attend?

All OSU and UO students are welcome at the Oregon Diversity Career Symposium, although all activities are intended to support students with marginalized identities. This includes first-generation students, students of color, women, non-traditional students, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, international students, students with disabilities, and any other students who have otherwise struggled with imposter syndrome and the implicit expectation that they assimilate to dominant cultural norms and change who they are to fit in.

Register for the Symposium

The Program

The event will be held virtually on the Remo platform.

  • 1:00–1:15 p.m.: Welcome
  • 1:15–2:00 p.m.: Keynote: Chabre Vickers, Vice President Community Development Officer, Wells Fargo & Company in Oregon and Southwest Washington
  • 2:15–3:00 p.m.: Workshops
    • What Do I Want, Why Do I Want It, and What Am I Worth? Understanding How My Ethnic/Racial Identity Impact Career Decision-Making and Career Success
    • Soul Force for the Workforce: Wu Tang, Wu Wei, and the Innerworkings of the We and the Way through Networking
  • 3:15–4:00 p.m.: Workshops
    • Your Identity, Your Career: Understanding Identity and Inclusion Branding
    • Anatomy of a Job Offer
  • 4:15–5:00 p.m.: Alumni Panels
    • Networking and Relationship Building
    • Being True to YOU and Navigating Imposter Syndrome
  • 5:00–6:00 p.m.: Networking Session

Keynote: Amplifying Truth and Shifting the Power Dynamic Toward Liberation

Chabre Vickers is the vice president community development officer for Wells Fargo & Company in Oregon and Southwest Washington. She leads the company’s community development initiatives and Community Reinvestment Act activities, which support low- and moderate-income communities.

Called “one of Portland’s super-connectors” by Portland Monthly Magazine, Chabre’s passion for community is demonstrated by her advocacy with many organizations where she utilizes the tenets of critical race theory to enhance access and capacity toward tangible social change for the benefit of all.

Chabre has served as the chair of the City of Portland Human Rights Commission, and her past careers include work with Portland Community College and Big Brother Big Sisters of Columbia Northwest. She volunteers in her community and serves as a board member for multiple organizations, including the Oregon Symphony, the OHSU Avel Gordly Center for Healing, and the Portland City Club, among others, and is a past executive committee member of the Portland African American Leadership Forum.

Chabre will kick off the Oregon Diversity Career Symposium with the 1:00 p.m. keynote.

Chabre Vickers, vice president community development officer for Wells Fargo & Company in Oregon and Southwest Washington


What Do I Want, Why Do I Want It, and What Am I Worth? Understanding How My Ethnic/Racial Identity Impact Career Decision-Making and Career Success 

2:15–3:00 p.m.
By understanding the current various systemic obstacles and barriers in place for students from marginalized and underrepresented groups, students will be able to engage in self-advocacy and self-empowerment during the career decision-making process and beyond. The first 20 minutes of this session will focus on the workshop goals/outcomes. The next 20 minutes will consist of breakout groups where participants will be given interactive activities based on career exploration, self-assessment/self-reflection, and identity exploration and development as it pertains to career aspirations, life/career influences, and career success. In breakout rooms, students will engage in: answering self-reflection questions, storytelling, and information sharing. After the presentation, students will be able to engage in meaningful and intentional discourse during the breakout rooms regarding the three prompts: What do I want? Why do I want it? What am I worth? 

  • Roshni D. Lal, Director of Career Planning and Employer Relations, Marymount California University

Soul Force for the Workforce: Wu Tang, Wu Wei, and the Innerworkings of the We and the Way through Networking 

2:15–3:00 p.m.
This workshop session Ain’t Nothing to F@# With!! JSoul and CCole, co-hosts of the Soul Force Ones podcast, present a fresh approach to “networking” and “professionalism” that leverages hip hop music (e.g., Wu-Tang Clan, 2pac, Queen Latifah, Lil Dicky, and KRS One) and theory (e.g., Parker Palmer and Yosso’s Cultural Community Wealth) to make not cash money but CASH, meaning: 

  • Careers and Community
  • Activism and Authenticity
  • Soulforce and Spirituality
  • Hip Hop and Healing

Career education has often perpetuated social dominant cultural norms that fail to resonate or engage students with marginalized identities. This workshop offers an alternative to outdated, stale, corporate presentations of “Networking” and “Professionalism” that are underwhelming to all students, but particularly first-generation college students, BIPOC students, and students experiencing high financial need. 

  • Colin Cole, Cohost, Soul Force Ones podcast/PhD candidate, Language, Equity, and Educational Policy Program, Oregon State University
  • Jonathan Stoll, Cohost, Soul Force Ones podcast/Director, Career Education, Oregon State University

Your Identity, Your Career: Understanding Identity and Inclusion Branding 

3:15–4:00 p.m.
We all hold multiple identities that intersect to make who we are as people and professionals. These can be gender identity, veteran status, country of origin, sexual orientation, race, age and a host of others. Employers are searching for diverse talent who have the career competencies needed for today’s workforce (e.g., critical thinking, oral/written communication, teamwork, leadership and global/intercrural fluency). Creating your career brand can be difficult to pin down with so much information to share. That’s where Awesomely Authentic comes in to help you understand what employers are looking for and how to best integrate your identity with your skill sets. 

Anatomy of a Job Offer 

3:15–4:00 p.m.
Entry-level applicants and first-generation college students may not have been educated on what constitutes a good job offer outside of salary. This workshop will provide an outline of what to look for and how to decline if the written offer does not meet their personal mission. 

Alumni Panels

Being True to YOU and Navigating Imposter Syndrome 

Learn what panelists wish they knew about finding confidence and faith in the power of their story and experiences while navigating inequitable systems that perpetuate social dominant cultural norms such as whiteness, patriarchy, and heteronormativity. 

  • John Branam (JD, University of Oregon), Executive Director, Get Schooled Foundation 
  • Román Hernández (BS, Oregon State University), Portland Office Managing Partner, Troutman Pepper 
  • Nina Nguyen (BS, Oregon State University), CEO and Founder, Business as Usual Strategies, LLC
  • Destinee Scott (BA, University of Oregon), Group Media Director, Wieden + Kennedy

Networking and Relationship Building 

It’s not what you know but who knows you. It’s not who knows you but who you know. Let yourself be known. Networking is all about community and relationships. We need people in our corner who have our back: mentors and sponsors who can advise us, guide the way, and help open doors. Learn about networking and what panelists wish they knew about leveraging and cultivating relationships. 

  • Oscar Arana (BA and MBA, University of Oregon), Community Development Director, NAYA Family Center
  • Tana Atchley Culbertson (BA, University of Oregon, MS, Oregon State University), Co-director, Willamette River Network
  • LaToya Kamara Manley, Global Product Director of Jordan Women’s Footwear, adjunct professor at Portland State University, and founder of Goodnight, Friend
  • Jonathan Riley (BS, Oregon State University), CEO, Better, and founder, Blaq Athlete

Networking Session

Join us at 5:00 p.m. to connect with employers and alumni! Video chat with representatives to find out about their company, what it’s like to work there, and job and internship opportunities. Attending employers include:

US Department of State
Samaritan Health Services
Hoffman Construction
E&J Gallo

Sherwin Williams
Tandem Diabetes
Weiden + Kennedy
Bertson Porter & Company
Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare
City of Portland, Bureau of Parks and Recreation

City Year
CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Energy 350
Fisher Investments
HIV Alliance
Kamehameha Schools
NuScale Power
Oregon Youth Authority

Peace Corps
UO Career Center
US Fish and Wildlife
USDA/Nat’l Agriculture Stats Srv.

Champion Sponsors


GROW WITH NIKE: The Nike internship program is a critical talent pipeline for Nike. We continue to invest in providing a world class experience for our summer interns. Our interns work on meaningful projects that are part of the business road map, are exposed to multiple teams, and are a major part of our community. Our summer programming provides access to leadership and professional growth workshops to gain meaningful career experience. Located in Beaverton but recruited from all over the world, Nike’s US Internship Program is the ideal opportunity to explore the intersection of all Nike businesses: sport, sustainability, fashion, retail, e-commerce, technology, finance, legal, design and more.

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When launched in 1995, it was with the mission “to be Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices.” This goal continues today, but Amazon’s customers are worldwide now, and have grown to include millions of consumers, sellers, content creators, and developers and enterprises. Each of these groups has different needs, and we always work to meet those needs, innovating new solutions to make things easier, faster, better, and more cost-effective.

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Samaritan Health Services

Samaritan Health Services is a not-for-profit regional health system that brings together community hospitals, physician clinics, and health insurance plans to care for more than 250,000 residents of Oregon’s Benton, Lincoln, and Linn counties. Recognized in 2020 as Oregon’s Healthiest Employer for the seventh time, Samaritan is powered by more than 6,000 employees who are dedicated to carrying out our mission of Building Healthier Communities Together.

Samaritan Health Services logo

US Department of State

As the lead federal agency responsible for US foreign affairs, the US Department of State contributes to foreign policy formulation and to advancing US interests around the world. Our employees contribute different perspectives, life experiences, and innovative thinking to our mission of serving the people of the United States. Foreign service officers and specialists represent the US abroad at more than 270 diplomatic missions. Our civil service employees provide continuity and expertise in all aspects of our work at our HQ in Washington, DC. We recruit from every field, including IT, engineering, healthcare, federal law enforcement, international affairs, legal, business, management, and public relations. The US Department of State is firmly committed to building a workforce that reflects our nation’s diversity and leverages the creativity of diverse, talented groups to advance America’s foreign policy priorities. To reap the benefits of a diverse workforce, we have built an inclusive workplace in which every employee is treated with dignity and respect and feels empowered to serve the American people. The US Department of State also offers a wealth of student programs, including paid and unpaid internships, study abroad, and paid fellowships. US citizenship is required; an equal opportunity employer.

Dept of State logo

Promoter Sponsors

PacificSource logo

Kroger logo

Hoffman Construction logo

E&J Gallo logo

delap logo

PeaceHealth logo

Sherwin Williams logo

Tektronix logo

Tandem Diabetes logo

Weiden + Kennedy logo

Purpose Statement

The Oregon Diversity Career Symposium: Own Your Story provides a half day of keynote speaker, workshops, panels, and networking session intentionally designed to help prepare students with marginalized identities on their path from college to career. While all students are invited to attend the Oregon Diversity Career Symposium, our goal is to create a space that especially empowers students with marginalized identities to explore their identities and experiences within their job search process and development.

We define students with marginalized identities as first-generation students, students of color, women, veterans, non-traditional students, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, international students, students with disabilities, and any other students who have otherwise struggled with impostor syndrome and the implicit expectation that they assimilate to dominant cultural norms, and change who they are to “fit in.”

We start with the value of our diverse experiences and where we’re from and the value of our stories. We embrace the fact that it is not our diversity but our ability to overcome adversity that differentiates us.

Program Committee

University of Oregon Career Center

  • Colleen Lewis, Events Coordinator
  • Samantha Lim, Research Interviewer and Recruiter for the Early Growth and Development Study, Prevention Science Institute
  • Sara Mason, Job and Internship Developer
  • Kyle Santos, Career Readiness Coach
  • Johanna Seasonwein, Associate Director for Employer Engagement
  • Ixchel Verdugo, Executive Assistant

Oregon State University Career Development Center

  • Lauren Dodd, Director of External Relations
  • Valerie Ferguson, Event Coordinator
  • Elizabeth Simmons, Internship and Employment Developer
  • Jonathan Stoll, Director of Career Education

Special thanks to: Kaitlyn Ayonon, Maya Harrison, Emma Larkins, A Philanda Moore, Ciera Nguyen, Suzanne Philips, Teresa Tran, the OSU Alumni Association, and the UO Alumni Association