Resources for Black and African American students

The staff in the Career & Professional Development Center stand in solidarity with the Black and African American community and the Black Lives Matter movement. We are committed to supporting Black and African American students and recent alumni in pursuing their next steps in the career journey.

Below is a list of career and community resources to support Black and African American students, alumni and professionals in the career journey. While this list is not exhaustive, we hope it will help with next steps in career development by gaining experience and finding community.

University of Utah resources 

  • Black History Month Events | Engage in a variety of events for Black History Month this February.
  • Black Cultural Center | Using a Pan-African lens, the Black Cultural Center seeks to holistically enrich, support and advocate for faculty, staff and students through Black centered research, culturally affirming educational initiatives and service.
  • Center for Ethnic Student Affairs (CESA) | CESA provides support to Students of Color and promotes an environment of acceptance that honors all forms of diversity.
  • Student Success Advocates | Supporting students of all backgrounds and identities in creating success here at the U by working closely with students to learn about particular needs, aspirations and goals.

University of Utah groups and associations  

Connect with Alumni and Employers 

  • Diversity in the Workplace Employer Panel Series | Join our Career and Professional Development Center for a panel series in which professionals of various backgrounds and identities share their workplace experiences, how to build networks and much more. View and register for our upcoming panels on February 24 & April 14 and look out for future panels in Handshake. 
  • University of Utah Black Alumni Community | Seeks to be a network to enrich, empower and engage Black graduates of the U that provides members with professional development opportunities, alumni engagement events and opportunities to connect with current Black faculty, staff and students in addition to the U Alumni network at large.
  • Utah Business Directory Search | List of Utah companies that have a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, compiled by the Utah Black Chamber.
  • Utah Black–Owned Businesses | List of Black-owned companies in Utah, compiled by Black Lives Matter Utah.

Online Job, Internship and Career Resources 

Professional Groups and Associations 

Local Community Resources  

  • Black Lives Matter Utah | An independent Utah Chapter of Black Lives Matter that aims to be a strong voice for the black population and additional marginalized communities in Utah.
  • Utah Black Chamber | The premier organization serving the economic needs of Utah’s minority population, specifically the Black community.
  • NAACP Salt Lake Branch | The local Salt Lake City branch of the NAACP civil rights organization working to ensure political, educational, social and economic equality for all persons.

For further career-related support, please feel free to schedule an appointment with a Career Coach (Undergraduate or Graduate) or use our Virtual Career Studio’s live chat to speak with a Career Ambassador, no appointment needed.

We are committed to supporting Black and African American students, both during and after their time at the University of Utah, as they move toward achieving their career goals.