The Career Champions program is a professional development opportunity for faculty and instructors to learn tangible ways to add career connection in the classroom, while advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion and examining the barriers to access for first generation students, students of color, and low-income students. Our curriculum was developed collaboratively with a cross-campus group of teaching and professional faculty.

Career Champions is run in partnership with the Office of Academic Affairs and the Career Development Center. Over the course of six weeks, a cohort of 5-14 faculty/instructors will participate in one synchronous session per week and approximately two hours of asynchronous work on their own. At the end of the course participants will have completed:

  • a National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) competency map to align their curriculum with career readiness competencies
  • the development of a NACE career competency statement for their syllabi
  • the redesign of an activity or assignment of their choice
  • an individual action plan that outlines the other changes they will make to their course and why

Applicants should have completed some form of diversity, equity, and inclusion training at OSU or elsewhere. Applicants need not be DEI experts but should have some familiarity with DEI concepts. Career Champions is accepting applications October 31 - November 23. Apply here. The winter 2023 cohort will convene January 23 - March 3. Participants must be available for all sessions to be accepted to the program. Synchronous sessions will occur on Fridays at  11:00 a.m. 

Career Champions Facilitators: 

  • Brenna Gomez, Director of Career Integration, Career Development Center
  • Mickie (Mike) Kumwamba, Career Integration Program Coordinator, Career Development Center, PhD candidate: Language Equity and Educational Policy