Students can expect to see 55 different companies at the Diversity Job Fair such as Capital One, GSK and Advance Auto Parts.
Roderick Lewis, senior associate director for UCS, organized both events and was a part of the outreach team to potential employers.
“The Diversity Job Fair is our strategy to help employers connect with students of various underserved and underrepresented demographics," Lewis said. "That can intersect between veterans, racial and ethnic minorities, first-generation students, LGBTQ and low-income students. This is our attempt to try to do more targeted outreach to those groups just so we can make sure that they are aware of this particular fair.”
The job fair was created to match a diverse group of students with employers looking to increase the number of minorities that they employ, Lewis said.
The event will take place Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Ram's Head Recreation Center. Students do not need to register for the event and are encouraged to bring multiple copies of their resumes and cover letters for employers. Students who are not looking for work are encouraged to come and explore the event as well.
“Come as you are,” Lewis said. “Come from an exploration standpoint just to talk to companies and navigate the environment to see what the expectations are and understand a little more about how your major could benefit a potential job opportunity with an employer in the future.”
Spring Job and Internship Expo
The Spring Job and Internship Expo will be Thursday, Feb. 20 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Rams Head Recreation Center. The Expo will host 111 employers, such as Amazon, Duke Energy, Abercrombie & Fitch, ALDI and Teach for America, alongside many others who are also expected to be present at the Diversity Job Fair.
The UNC Curriculum in Global Studies aided in the announcement of the Diversity Job Fair and Spring Job and Internship Expo.
Zach Ward, student services specialist for the Curriculum in Global Studies, said students should take advantage of services that UCS offers.
“They really have reached out to a wide range of different organizations and communities that have specific recruitment initiatives around a lot of different identities and experiences," Ward said. "For a lot of students, this may be the first time they hear about some of these unique opportunities.”
Senior Caitlin Brennan said she is excited about the opportunities that UCS is presenting to students.
“UNC has a lot of resources, and I really like that they’re all consolidated there. You could get that stuff at student services,” she said. “They could tell you just how to build a resume, but it’s cool here because it’s in the business profession with people around who actually are hiring.”
Both events are open to all students and are free of charge.