out for work
out for work

UofL’s Career Development Center has been awarded silver status for 2015-2016 from the national “Out for Work” organization, which assesses programming and resources that help equip LGBT students for future careers.

The award is an increase from last year’s bronze status. This year’s score was 87 percent.

Under the guidance of  Director Trey Lewis, the Career Development Center at UofL has made LGBT students a focus of its programming and collaborated with the LGBT Center and community organizations to develop new programs and services.

“We know that LGBT students face unique challenges as they anticipate their future careers.  For some, just the question of when to come out is an obstacle to their work experience.  We want to make sure we are helping them answer those questions thoughtfully,” Lewis said.

Candace Lamb, assistant director of the center,  hosts regular workshops and coaching sessions designed to address the needs of LGBT students.  She is a frequent guest facilitator at the LGBT Center, has helped its LGBT ambassadors on develop their brand and online presence and has hosted panels with successful LGBT corporate employees.

“The goal is to take a look at career exploration through the eyes of LGBT students, and to build a program that makes them feel included and supported,” Lamb said.

Lamb organized a vendor fair of LGBT employee resource groups that took place during the Pride Week cookout this fall.

“It’s what I love, opening up career opportunities to students who might not yet realize they can achieve their dreams,” she said.