LIVONIA, MICH. – Equity and inclusion in today’s workplace was the focus of Madonna University’s Are You Ready? Career Readiness and the Workplace Series event. The event was inspired by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) “Student Competencies for a Career-Ready Workforce” and was hosted by the Mosaic Leadership Academy and the Office of Career Development.
The event featured a panel of experienced professionals who discussed Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging practices in the workplace. The panelists shared their insights on how to identify and inquire about company practices surrounding DEIB at the job search and interview stages, understanding barriers to accessibility, the need for advocacy in the workplace, and courageous conversation tips and tricks for young professionals.
Attendees had the opportunity to self-reflect on their own prejudices and implicit biases and were encouraged to keep an open mind and admit to areas where growth or additional learning is needed.
The event was also an opportunity for students to network and connect with other professionals in attendance, including Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Jesse Cox, members of the Transitions Center, and the International Students/Study Abroad office.
The organizers expressed their gratitude to the attendees and partners who made the event possible. Mercedes Williams, the Director of the Mosaic Leadership Academy, stated “What a wonderful presentation and experience for both staff and students here at Madonna. Thank you again to each of our panelists, who shared their expertise and created a space for students to learn.”
Organizers highlighted the importance of continued efforts to promote equity and inclusion in the workplace and emphasized the need for future events to address the remaining seven key competencies identified by NACE to ensure students are well-equipped to succeed in their careers.
Overall, the event was a great success, and attendees left with a greater understanding of the importance of equity and inclusion in the workplace, and how they can contribute to creating a more diverse and inclusive work environment.