Career & Community Resources for Black and African American Students

By Megan Randall, CPDC Undergraduate Career Coach

Black lives not only matter, they are worthy, loved, and needed. All of us in the Career & Professional Development Center stand in solidarity with the Black and African American community and the Black Lives Matter movement. We are committed to supporting Black and African American students and recent alumni pursue your next steps in your career journey, both during and after your time at the University of Utah, so you can achieve your career goals.

Below, we’ve compiled a list of career and community resources to support Black and African American students, alumni, and professionals in your career journey. While this list is not exhaustive, we hope it will help you get started in taking your next steps in your career development by gaining experience and finding community.

Online Job, Internship, and Career Resources 

  • African American Careers – Online job board for job seekers and employers   
  • African American Career World – Online job board for job seekers and employers 
  • Black Career Network – Live job board that connects diverse talent with great opportunities 
  • Black Jobs – African American jobs and careers resource that lists job openings with companies that support diversity and inclusion 
  • Blackworld Career Center – Employment resources for African Americans and members of additional ethnic groups 
  • Black Enterprise– Top list of Black-owned enterprises, including career and business advice 
  • Black EOE Journal– Business and Career Magazine for African Americans 
  • HBCU Career Center– The Historically Black College and University Career Center 
  • National Urban League Job Network – Connecting African Americans and additional underserved urban residents to high quality jobs 
  • The Black Perspective – Promotes diversity and inclusion in America’s employment and education 
  • United Negro College Fund  Largest national private scholarship provider to minority group members that manages various scholarship, fellowship, and internship programs 

Connect with Alumni and Employers 

  • Diversity in the Workplace Employer Panel Series – Join our Career and Professional Development Center for a panel series in which professionals of various backgrounds and identities share their workplace experiences, how to build networks, and much more. View & register for our upcoming panels on February 24 and April 14and look out for future panels in Handshake 
  • University of Utah Black Alumni Community – Seeks to be a network to enrich, empower, and engage Black graduates of the University that provides members with professional development opportunities, alumni engagement events, and opportunities to connect with current Black faculty, staff, and students in addition to the U Alumni network at large 
  • Utah Business Directory Search – List of Utah companies that have a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, compiled by the Utah Black Chamber 
  • Utah BlackOwned Businesses – List of Black-owned companies in Utah, compiled by Black Lives Matter Utah 

University of Utah Groups and Associations  

Professional Groups and Associations 

University of Utah Resources 

  • Black History Month Events – Engage in a variety of events for Black History Month this February 
  • Black Cultural Center – Using a Pan-African lens, the Black Cultural Center seeks to holistically enrich, support, and advocate for faculty, staff, and students through Black centered research, culturally affirming educational initiatives, and service  
  • Center for Ethnic Student Affairs (CESA) – CESA provides support to Students of Color and promotes an environment of acceptance that honors all forms of diversity 
  • Student Success Advocates – Supporting students of all backgrounds and identities in creating your success here at the University of Utah by working closely with you to learn about your particular needs, aspirations, and goals 

Local Community Resources  

  • Black Lives Matter Utah – An independent Utah Chapter of Black Lives Matter that aims to be a strong voice for the black population and additional marginalized communities in Utah  
  • Utah Black Chamber – The premier organization serving the economic needs of Utah’s minority population, specifically the Black community 
  • NAACP Salt Lake Branch  The local Salt Lake City branch of the NAACP civil rights organization working to ensure political, educational, social, and economic equality for all persons

For further career-related support, please feel free to schedule an appointment with a Career Coach (Undergraduate or Graduate) or use our Virtual Career Studio’s live chat to speak with a Career Ambassador, no appointment needed. We are all invested in your success and are here to listen, learn, coach, and empower you to help you move forward in your career journey.