Find a Workplace of Equity

A group of UW-Whitewater students and staff attended the 8th Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Ally College Student Career Conference recently. The conference is sponsored by Out for Work and was hosted by the University of Illinois – Chicago.

Finding the ideal organizational fit is a goal of all job seekers, regardless of the job seekers gender identity or sexual orientation. For individuals who identify as LGBTQ, finding an employing organization that is LGBTQ inclusive may be a deal-maker or deal-breaker during the job search process.

We want to share with you some resources and strategies that may help you better identify organizations that best align with your employment goals.

Resources:

  • The Corporate Equality Index. The CEI rates companies on 40 specific policies and practices that relate to workplace inclusiveness.
  • Out for Work has very good information on their website, including the HOT SHOTS 2012 publication highlighting young LGBTQ professionals, and includes a listing of LGBTQ inclusive employers listed on their job board.
  • The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce has resources helpful for any job seeker. The site includes a listing of “Founding Sponsors”, companies who support the mission of the NGLCC, and may therefore be organizations that warrant your attention in your job search.

Strategies:

  • When you research employing organizations, search their site for Employee Resource Groups for LGBTQ employees. If one or more exist, this may be an indicator of a level of inclusion.
  • Contact local LGBTQ or PRIDE organizations within the community where the employer is located. If events are sponsored, like an annual PRIDE Parade, who are the sponsors of the events/parade? The organizations that support these events through a donation of funds or product may an indicator of a level of LGBTQ support and inclusion.

Last but not least, Career & Leadership Development is certified by Out for Work, which means that the staff are capable to provide quality career development advice to students and alumni who identify as LGBTQ. Web-based resources are available to help students learn more about support for LGBTQ individuals. Individual appointments may be made with your career advisor/counselor by contacting (262) 472-1471.

Ron Buchholz and Kathy Craney