Join our keynote speakers for two presentations in this 1.5 hour-long FREE webinar focused on inclusiveness and equitable support for all student populations. Each presentation will be followed by a short breakout session to debrief and brainstorm with each other. Sponsored by uConnect.
ABOUT THE KEYNOTES
Building a Neurodiverse High-Tech Workforce
Eleanor Loiacono, Professor of IT & Data Science, WPI
Worldwide, a growing proportion of the population is neurodiverse, such as having autism and ADHD. However, such people have skills and perspectives that can be valuable for high-tech companies whose success depends on “out– of–the–box” thinking. In this presentation I will describe four critical practices in building such a workforce and lessons learned based on case studies with two major high-tech firms (one U.S.-based and the other European) in building a neurodiverse workforce.
Marketing a Mindset: Serving as an Effective Ally through Career Services Engagements
Ana Clara Blesso, Graduate Career Counselor, UConn School of Business
Ally (n): an individual who unites or forms a connection.
As career centers strive to meet the needs of all student populations, including those most vulnerable in the workplace, career professionals must develop competencies and utilize skills to showcase authentic interest in student well-being. In a time of uncertainty for many marginalized students, it is crucial that career professionals are equipped to support student populations as they face systemic challenges and a sometimes-perilous transition to the working world.
Serving as an ally is a multi-dimensional approach - one which takes time, effort, and thoughtful strategy. Through this session, attendees will gain insight on the importance of strong ally-ship in career services spaces in higher education and learn best practices for demonstrating inclusiveness and equity-minded principles through marketing and communication.
Note: This session will be held via Zoom. Look for the link in a reminder email sent 2 days before the event.