New Career Readiness Competency: Equity & Inclusion

Diverse group of FIU Students

According to the National Association of College & Employers (NACE), career readiness competencies are a set of skills and attributes college students can develop to help launch successful professional careers. Employers want to know that you are career ready and can demonstrate these skills.

With a focus on the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace, there has been a recent update to the career readiness competencies which includes the Equity & Inclusion competency. As per NACE, Equity & Inclusion is the ability to demonstrate the awareness, attitude, knowledge and skills required to equitably engage and include people from different local and global cultures. Engage in anti-racist practices that actively challenge the systems, structures and policies of racism.

Develop these skills by:

  • Soliciting and using feedback from people with multiple cultural perspectives to make inclusive and equity-minded decisions.
  • Actively contributing to inclusive and equitable practices that influence individual and systemic change.
  • Advocating for inclusion, equitable practices, justice and empowerment for historically marginalized communities.
  • Seeking global cross-cultural interactions and experiences that enhance understanding of people from different demographic groups that leads to personal growth.
  • Keeping an open mind to diverse ideas and new ways of thinking.
  • Identifying resources and eliminating barriers resulting from individual and systemic racism, inequities and biases.
  • Demonstrating flexibility by adapting to diverse environments.
  • Addressing systems of privilege that limit opportunities for members of historically marginalized communities.

FIU also has various opportunities for you to develop these skills throughout your time as an undergraduate.

  • Take courses in FIU’s Women’s and Gender Studies program and obtain a certificate in Women’s & Gender Studies and/or Queer Studies.
  • Earn a micro-credential, Women as Empowered Learners & Leaders, offered by the Women’s Center which provides you with the ability to become an agent of social change, create awareness and solutions around stereotypes and inequality, and advocate for gender-equitable policies.
  • Engage in conversations and learn about culture and other topics during FIU’s Tuesday Times Roundtables series.
  • Obtain a Global Medallion and develop your global awareness, perspective and engagement in the courses and activities that you participate in.

The world and the communities we live in are rich in diversity and it’s important to be inclusive of all people. This competency will be of value to you in your professional and personal life.