Equity and Inclusion Statement

At the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, diversity and inclusion are integral to the achievement of excellence. It is our belief that the incorporation of diversity and inclusion can enhance the university's ability to accomplish our academic mission.  The following resources are meant to help students from various backgrounds be successful in their career preparation, job search, and employment.

 

*Adapted from the UWL Diversity and Inclusion Statement.

 

Assessing an Organizations Commitment to Equity and Inclusion expanding section

While it isn't always easy to determine an employer or company's level of inclusivity, there are a few indicators that can help you understand an employer's values, compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity laws, and overall organizational climate.  Check out the categories below to get you started.

Organizational Values expanding section

When reviewing a company's website or recruitment materials, look for some of the following:

  • A statement of their commitment to diversity and non-discrimination policies
  • In-house employee support, mentorship, or social networks for people from marginalized backgrounds (i.e. employees of color, LGBTQ employes, veteran employees, etc.)
  • Diversity rankings from industry organizations
  • Recruitment efforts in diversity-oriented publications, networks, and events
  • Membership in professional organizations for people from marginalized backgrounds
  • Diversity amongst the senior management and Board of Directors
Equal Employment Opportunity Compliance expanding section

In the United States, all employers are required to comply with Equal Employment Opportunity laws, which means that they cannot discriminate against applicants or employess based on their race, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability. To find out if an organization has violated EEO laws, you can:

  • Search for the employer's name along with an identifying term such as "civil rights violation" or "lawsuit"
  • Check on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's website for lawsuits related to the employer

Sometimes, charges of discrimination can lead to an employer introducing new policies and attempting to change the culture of their organization. So, if an employer does have a civil rights violation, check to see if they have made public statements about changes to their organization's inclusion efforts and be sure to speak with current employees about their experiences during your interview.

Assessing Climate expanding section

Here is a short list of questions you can ask of organizational employees, alumni you know who work at the organization you are considering, as well as during the interview process with the organization:

  • What is it like to work here?
  • Could you describe the organization's culture?
  • Could you give me an example of the organization's commitment to diversity?
  • Talk to your friends and family about the employer — have they heard anything positive or negative about it?

 

Equity and Inclusion Resources

Students of Color expanding section

If you haven't yet connected with the Office of Multicultural Student Services, it is an office on campus that has many valuable resources (e.g. tutoring services).

Here are additional resources that can assist you with your job search:

 

LGBTQ+ Students expanding section

Did you know UWL has its own pride center? Check out the UWL Pride Center. It was recently ranked the 6th most LGBTQ+ friendly pride center by AffordableColleges.com.

Additionally check out the Human Rights Campaign as they have various resources to help you navigate your career as a member of the LGBTQ+ community:

Veterans expanding section

UWL has its own UWL Veteran Services office that has many valuable resources for those who have served or are currently serving.

Here are additional websites that specialize in job resources for veterans:

 

Students with Disabilities expanding section

Be sure to check out the UWL Access Center as they can provide you with valuable resources.

Here are additional websites that can assist you while searching for a job: