Illinois State University’s commitment to diversity continues as the Career Center hosts its annual Diversity Employer Expo, sponsored by Enterprise Holdings. Held on April 4, students casually connect with employers over a free dinner to learn about their diversity initiatives.

During this event, students will:

  • learn about the diversity initiatives that exist within the organizations attending the event
  • weigh industry options
  • analyze their current network and identify where it can be broadened through internships and full-time employment opportunities

“The goal of this event is to make it easy for students from diverse backgrounds to connect with employers interested in recruiting them,” said Career Center Director Pamela Cooper. “Students will be able to engage in casual conversation with employers in a very relaxed and supportive atmosphere.”

Tips for student attendees

Because students connect with employers at the Diversity Employer Expo, students are encouraged to bring a résumé and review the Career Resource Guide beforehand for helpful tips about meeting employers. The Career Center also offers free business cards and résumé paper to students. Attire is business casual; a polo or button-down shirt or blouse with a pair of dress pants is appropriate.

“It is important for students to utilize all of the resources that are available, especially those that are catering to them specifically,” states Career Center Graduate Assistant Nicolette Hampton. “These types of events give students the opportunity to set themselves apart and discover the type of companies that they may want to be associated with in the future.”

Registration is required and is available through Hire-A-Redbird or the Diversity Employer Expo.

The Diversity Employer Expo is coordinated through the Career Center’s Cultural Career Network Program, which connects students and employers for networking and other career opportunities.

The Career Center assists all Illinois State University students with developing, evaluating, and implementing career decisions.