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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 14-15 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:
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 May 16 - June 3 2022. Apply here. The fall 2022 cohort will convene October 10 - November 18. Participants must be available for all sessions to be accepted to the program. Synchronous sessions will occur on Fridays at 1:00 p.m.
This program was originally piloted as part of the Bridging the Gap from Education to Employment (BGEE) project with the University Innovation Alliance. The University Innovation Alliance is a coalition of public research universities committed to increasing the number and diversity of college graduates. Over 50 students were interviewed for BGEE, and they overwhelming stated that they wanted to learn more about career opportunities and pathways from their faculty members. Career Champions is grateful to our extensive list of former committee members. In particular we’d like to recognize the final pilot team:
Career Champions Facilitator and Program Coordinator: