BIPOC Students

Welcome to the BIPOC Connections Community!

The Career Center recognizes that social identities and career experiences often intersect and that Villanovans may face specific challenges navigating the career development process as they explore the world of work. This is a space to connect BIPOC  (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) students, alumni and employers through networking, professional development and educational events and programming. We will continually develop this community as we become aware of additional opportunities to advance the growth of all members of our community. Learn more about how jobs and internships featured on this page are sourced.

Shades of Admission: The Colorful Debate on College Affirmative Action

By: Oluwafikunayo Ajeigbe
President, Black Pre-Law Students Association

On June 29th, 2023 the future of college admissions was forever changed. In a highly controversial 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled against the use of race-based affirmative action in Students for Fair Admissions …

By Alexandra Karlesses
Alexandra Karlesses
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“Breaking Barriers: DEI Organizations Paving the Path to Success Through Financial Services Internships”

Historically, financial services and investment banking have lacked diverse talent. As an industry that is centralized in networking and social capital, many underrepresented and marginalized candidate groups have been excluded. Due to this fact, organizations like Girls Who Invest, INROADS, …

By Timaria Brach
Timaria Brach
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Network As Net Worth: Increasing Access To Social Capital For Young People

This article was originally posted by By Shaquinah Taylor Wright,

Research shows that anywhere from 70 to 85 percent of jobs are filled through networking. And others are filled before they are even posted. When we talk to young …

By Jhaakira Jacobs
Jhaakira Jacobs
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Identity and Career Readiness Resources

Alumni Connections

  • Greater Philadelphia
  • Founder/CEO Pearl's Sales & Marketing Consultancy
  • Trenton, NJ
  • Director of Conference Services Villanova University
  • Chicago, IL
  • Credit Review Analyst Goldman Sachs
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Legal Administrator Portnoff Law Associates, Ltd.
  • Summit, NJ
  • Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer Kent Place School
  • Atlanta, GA
  • District Attorney DeKalb County District Attorney's Office
  • West Chester, PA
  • Medical Intensive Care Nurse ChristianaCare
  • Oceanside, NY
  • Area Manager Walmart
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Associate, Corporate & Securities Dechert LLP
  • Washington, DC
  • Director, Public Affairs Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)
  • Parkland, FL
  • Chief Executive Officer Centrata Pain Partners
  • Silver Spring, MD
  • EXTREME KUMITE INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS United States Armed Forces Relations Advisory Board EKIC

Skill Building Courses

Inclusive Mindset for Committed Allies

Taught by Dereca Blackmon
What does it mean to become a true ally? This question is more relevant now than ever. True allies start…

Creating Community within Your Employee Resource Group

Taught by Farzana Nayani
Employee resource groups—more commonly known as ERGs—have become an integral part of how organizations address employees’ needs and drive long-term…

Driving Change and Anti-Racism

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

Bystander Training: From Bystander to Upstander

Taught by Catherine Mattice
Working in a toxic environment can make anyone feel helpless. Even HR representatives can feel like their hands are tied.…

How to Get a Pay Raise

Taught by Careercake
Are you overdue for a pay raise? Sometimes you have to ask for what you’re worth. However, asking for a…

Just Ask: Kwame Christian on Discussing Race

Taught by Kwame Christian
To make strides towards equity and inclusion at work, professionals need to have honest discussions about race. But if you…

The Value of Employee Resource Groups

Taught by Living Corporate
In this audio-only course, Kanarys co-founder Star Carter joins host Zach Nunn to speak with James Fripp, the chief diversity…

Negotiating Work Flexibility

Taught by Mike Gutman
What if you could be there more for your family, exercise outside in the daylight, prioritize important things that aren’t…

Leading Your Org on a Journey of Allyship

Taught by Vernā Myers
Join inclusion strategist, Harvard-trained-lawyer, author and instructor, Vernā Myers, to learn how to grow a more inclusive workplace and become…

How to Support Colleagues from Underrepresented Groups

Taught by Maxie McCoy
In this course, author and ally Maxie McCoy shares practical advice for uplifting and supporting marginalized colleagues, especially women. First,…

Negotiating Your Compensation Package

Taught by Emilie Aries
Join career strategist and expert negotiator Emilie Aries as she walks through the process of successfully negotiating a new job…

How to Speak Up Against Racism at Work

Taught by Dana Brownlee
Regardless of role or level, employees often want to speak up against offensive/racist comments or questionable practices, but they don’t…

Dealing with Microaggression as an Employee

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

Nano Tips for Negotiating Your Salary with Sho Dewan

Taught by Sho Dewan
Welcome to our Nano Tips series, where LinkedIn Learning creators deliver impactful lessons in literally seconds. In this installment, discover…

Supporting Allyship and Anti-Racism at Work

Taught by Dana Brownlee
While racism and discrimination are systemic problems that persist, each of us can play a role in helping to eliminate…

A Guide to ERGs (Employee Resource Groups)

Taught by Daisy Lovelace
Employee resource groups, or ERGs, are a significant asset to organizations and their people, but many ERGs are underutilized due…

Inclusive Tech: Breaking into the Tech Industry

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

Understanding and Supporting Asian Employees

Taught by Sarah-SoonLing Blackburn
Underrepresented employees face unique challenges in the workplace, and understanding how to support them in these challenges is key to…

Nano Tips for Talking about Race at Work with Benjy Kusi

Taught by Benjamin Kusi
Welcome to our Nano Tips series, where LinkedIn Learning creators deliver impactful lessons in literally seconds. In this course, diversity,…

What To Do When You Are Bullied at Work

Taught by Catherine Mattice
What should you do when you are bullied at work? Catherine Mattice Zundel, an internationally recognized expert in workplace bullying,…

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