The Black Cultural Center recently announced their new partnership with the Vanderbilt Career Center. This partnership aims to help Black students achieve their professional goals through monthly programming, newsletter, and resources.
The team features three Black staff members from the Career Center. Danielle Bolling is a career coach for First-Year/Undeclared Students, Foreign Languages, and Area, Ethnic, Cultural & Gender Studies. Kayla Smith focuses exclusively on First-Year/Undeclared Students. Finally, Ashley Hill is a graduate student worker who will accompany the team.
The partnership starts with a Fall 2019 Career Series that will give students the tools they need to effectively prepare for recruiting season. Throughout the months of September and October, the Career Center will host programming specifically tailored towards Black students. The series kicked off with a Career Prep session to help students navigate recruiting season and on-campus career fairs. The next installment in the series was a discussion on inclusivity in the workplace that empowered students to maintain their authentic self in their professional life. Additionally, this program highlighted the importance of finding companies that reflect your values and support your existence.
The series will continue in October and November with three more events. On Tuesday, Oct. 15, in collaboration with campus and local organizations, the BCC will host an event discussing barriers in job searching as a young Black professional. For those interested in applying to graduate school or fellowships, the Career Center will be hosting, “Fellowships: Diversity in Travel, Research, and Grad School Opportunities,” on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Those interested in any of these events should be RSVP on DoreWays.
In addition to these events, the BCC holds regular drop-in hours in the BCC Resource Room. Students can receive help and advice from Career Center staff on the first and third Monday of the month from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.