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OUT for Work Releases Findings from First Ever LGBTQ Career Center Report

Boston, Massachusetts – OUT for Work (OFW) in partnership with Northrop Grumman released findings from the 2010 LGBTQ Career Center Certification Report at the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Convention in Boston this week. The report, the first of its kind, benchmarks the level of LGBTQ specific career resources that career resource centers at higher education academic institutions across the United States are providing their students.

The report findings are based on a survey that was sent out to the career resource centers of over 1,500 academic institutions that identified to as having an active LGBTQ student organization on campus. 108 colleges/universities responded. The three objectives of the survey included: gauge the current tools and resources available focused on how to be out in the workplace, assess the quality and quantity if LGBTQ materials available to students, and assess the willingness of career centers to host or attend LGBTQA career conferences.

Career centers received a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Certification ranking based on the responses from the survey. Only 4.62% received a Gold ranking and only one received a 100% on the survey; Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT. 27.78% received a Silver Certification, while the bulk, 67.60% received a Bronze Certification level. General findings include: 41% of the career centers responded they have previously held workshops or presentations for LGBTQ students who are looking for advice as to whether or not to come out in the workplace or on their resumes, while only 14% responded that their office financially supports LGBTQ students to attend conferences such as OUT for Work.

“While we are thrilled with our perfect score, we by no means feel that we have got it right yet. There is so much more that can be done to support our LGBTQ student population”, stated Michael Sciola, Director, Career Resource Center- Wesleyan University

Current and future students, academic institutions, as well as employers are all encouraged to use the report as a means to support the needs of LGBTQ individuals. Specifically the report will help LGBTQ students when making a decision about choosing a college, writing a resume, and overcoming challenges. Academic institutions should use the survey results as a basis to provide students with comprehensive resources to ensure a smooth transition from academia to the workplace. Employers can use the results to increase on-campus presence and visibility, thereby demonstration their commitment to improving LGBTQ concerns in the workplace.

“OFW is optimistic and looks forward to working with the career centers in providing training materials and resources for career centers to improve the quality of support to LGBTQ students”, stated Riley Folds, Founder of OUT for Work.


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