Throughout the 2017-18 academic year, the inaugural class of Salisbury Diversity Fellows is undertaking a robust new program guided by HWS staff and alums to explore everything from résumé writing and networking to developing a personal brand and applying to jobs and graduate schools.
“This important new initiative is a critical part of our mission to prepare all of our students for the professional world that awaits them after graduation,” says President Gregory J. Vincent ’83. “Moreover, this program helps advance Hobart and William Smith’s commitment to inclusive excellence as a strategic priority with profound educational benefits. We are proud to have the support of successful and dedicated alumni and alumnae who are collaborating with our staff to ensure our students have the skills, perspectives and experience to lead lives of consequence.”
Brandi Ferrara, director of the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional Experiential Education, notes that “employers are seeking a diverse workforce, and we are seeing hiring initiatives in an array of industries that our students are interested in. The Salisbury Diversity Fellows program is helping students to compete in a strategic and thoughtful way.”
Spearheaded by the Salisbury Center and the Office of Intercultural Affairs, the yearlong program prepares HWS students from underrepresented populations for the competitive post-graduate landscape by facilitating events and discussions surrounding identity-based opportunities and the challenges of the career development process.
The 23 students enrolled in the 2017-18 cohort meet with Salisbury Center and Intercultural Affairs staff mentors throughout the year and are individually paired with an alum mentor in their field of interest. Fellows, who successfully complete the program, are guaranteed a winter job-shadow opportunity as well as an internship.
Throughout the academic year, alumni and alumnae speakers will return to campus to share their insights and advice with fellows. In the first event of the series this fall, Margarita Ramos ’85, global human resources compliance executive at Bank of America, discussed workplace culture and the individual in a talk titled, “Defining Success in the Workplace.”
In addition to President Vincent, others guest speakers will include Justus Bey ’90, P’20, P’21, owner and principal consultant of Superior Innovations; Aloysee Heredia Jarmoszuk ’98, HWS Trustee and chief of staff at the Division of Operations for the New York City Department of Education; and Dr. Sandra A. Rivera ’85, assistant director at the U.S. International Trade Commission’s Office of Economics.
Designed to increase exploration and preparedness for a competitive post-graduate world, the new program builds on the Colleges’ Multicultural Career and Networking Conference, a career development event coordinated by a number of offices and HWS community organizations.
Applications for the 2018-19 academic year will be accepted beginning next fall. Although targeted toward sophomores, the Salisbury Diversity Fellows program will accept applications from students of any class year who identify as being from underrepresented backgrounds. For more information, contact the Salisbury Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.