In the past several weeks we have seen outrage and pain as a result of the senseless killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others before and since them. The protests across the nation, and the world, show us that it is long past time for change, unlearning, and action. As Temple University’s Career Center we affirm that we stand with those using their voices to bring about transformation and we commit to change and growth within our center.
Our center serves the entirety of the student population of Temple University. The diversity of perspectives and experiences we see every day working with Temple students is why we come to work each day. We are motivated and energized by our students to learn more, do more, and be more.
We will continue programs already in place to support Black students and commit to further change. While this is a starting point, in the coming weeks and months we will be taking or building upon the following actions:
- Commit to partnering with employers who place emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion in their recruitment, hiring, and retention practices, and completing a review of our current employer vetting process.
- Creation of website content focused on students of color that specifically addresses the challenges faced in applying for jobs, interviewing, being hired, and being retained.
- Strengthen professional development for our staff that allows us to better support students of color, enhancing our current abilities and creating new knowledge.
- Act as advocates and educators by engaging with our professional associations in support of diversity and inclusivity initiatives outside the university.
We welcome the feedback and ideas of students so that we can best serve you all. This is the beginning and we are ready to be part of solutions. We are proud to be part of your journey at Temple University and will be here to support you.
Executive Director of Career Services
On behalf of the Temple University Career Center Team