Black, Indigenous & People of Color

Your identities can be an important part of your career and may influence how you explore your options, prepare your story, decide on opportunities, or approach your career goals. This page is dedicated to information and resources that can help you reflect on your BIPOC identity and navigate pathways to success.

Advisers in the CLS are here to help guide you towards the many resources and opportunities available to you as a Grinnellian, especially when it comes to out-of-classroom experiences like research, internships, campus groups and events, and experiential learning. The best way to get started on your career path is to schedule an appointment in Handshake.

Do you know of any other resources that you’d like to see added to this page? Contact Rachel Edwards Harvith ’00.

Internship + Apprenticeship Programs

Many companies have paid programs specifically designed to mentor the next generation of BIPOC professional leaders. 

BIPOC Professional Associations

Professional and trade associations are a wonderful way to start building your network. 

Tips for diverse candidates looking to optimize their job search

Finding a job is, more often than not, a lengthy and difficult process. When you’re competing with hundreds of resumes from applicants of different backgrounds, it can be frustrating to say the least. For Black and Indigenous people and people …

By Sean Kelly - College Recruiter
College Recruiter
College Recruiter believes that every student and recent grad deserves a great career.
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How to Be an Active Ally to Black Women at Work

Ally” is a popular word in the workplace these days as people seek to put action behind the pledges of racial justice and equality that many organizations have made. Often, people use the term allyship to refer to a general …

By Ella F. Washington - The Muse
The Muse
Expert advice to answer your career questions.
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Confronting White Supremacy Culture in the Social-Impact Sector

As organizations strive to become more inclusive, it’s imperative to recognize the difference between truly lifting up diverse perspectives and merely expecting new hires to accept and adhere to existing cultural norms that may be rooted in systemic oppression. Years …

By Sheena Daree Miller - Idealist Careers
Idealist Careers
Idealist Careers | Helping you land, love, and grow in your social-impact career. And visit Idealist.org explore thousands of great jobs and social-impact organizations near you.
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Finding a Job at Companies That Embrace Diversity and Inclusion

Chris Taylor
Whenever you look for a job, you probably have a list of “wants” for your new position. In addition to…

Inclusive Tech: Breaking into the Tech Industry

Shawna Curran
There exists a perception about who tech jobs are for. That perception doesn’t often include people from historically marginalized groups…

Uncovering Your Authentic Self at Work

Kenji Yoshino
Despite decades of diversity and inclusion efforts, people sometimes feel forced to choose between being included and being themselves. Join…

Difficult Conversations: Talking about Race at Work

Kwame Christian
People around the world are having difficult conversations about race and justice. But few are talking about how to talk…

Advocating for Change in Your Organization

Dereca Blackmon
Becoming an advocate is not a passive act. Rather, it is a skill that can be learned and improved on…

Driving Change and Anti-Racism

Kwame Christian
We have entered a new era of understanding regarding issues of race. Now is the time to advocate for change…

Dealing with Microaggression as an Employee

Toni Howard Lowe
In this course, Toni Lowe, a sought-after speaker and senior HR leader specializing in diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging, teaches…

Empowering BIPOC through Mentorship

Rhianna Rogers
This course aims to help BIPOC upskill in ways that empower them to move up the corporate ladder and succeed…

Discussing Racism with Dr. Christina Greer

Christina Greer
Dr. Christina Greer, renowned author, educator, and expert on American history, Black ethnics, and public policy, provides an engaging course…

How to Succeed as a Latina in a Global Work Environment

genConnectU
In addition to the normal, everyday issues you may encounter in your professional life, being a Latina in the workplace…

Getting a Seat at the Table and Making It Count

Dr. Shirley Davis
Ensuring that everyone is valued and included in the workplace is not a new goal, nor an easy one, but…

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