Communities of Color Career Conference Speakers & Alumni


2020 Communities of Color Career Conference Workshop Presenter Application

***Application Deadline: Sunday, December 8th, 2019***

Are you committed to nurturing the next generation of scholars? If so, we invite you to be a presenter and small group facilitator at the 2020 COMMUNITIES of COLOR CAREER CONFERENCE taking place on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at UC Santa Cruz! This year's theme is "Building Capacity, Bridging Community!"


The Communities of Color Career Conference has provided students of color and low-income students an opportunity to bridge the gap between the university and careers by connecting with alumni of color. Students establish mentor relationships with alumni who have successfully made it through UC Santa Cruz and into the workplace or graduate school. One of the most striking aspects of the conference is that students network with alumni, in person.

The conference is organized annually by a team of students and staff from the Career Success, EOP, the Alumni Association, the Ethnic Resource Centers, Baskin School of Engineering, and the Division of Student Success. This conference has been traditionally held during the Winter quarter.

Each year we invite alumni of color from various career and professional fields, as well as alumni who are currently in graduate school. Students have the opportunity to network with alumni often resulting in leads to internships and career opportunities, whereas p to 75 UCSC alumni and 150 students of color attend the conference each year.  We are very excited to host many of the alumni at the conference year after year.  


We invite presenters to submit educational session proposals that are engaging, creative, and provocative to engage the next generation of scholars and leaders.  We ask presenters to consider what topics and ideas they wish they had heard as UCSC undergraduates in this critical stage, as well as brainstorm sessions that push the envelope on the historic understanding of how to navigate their career(s). The planning committee welcomes the proposal for a 50- minute presentation session as a format on your topic of choice relative to your career. Previous examples have included: "Navigating the corporate world as a person of color", "I've graduated, now what?", "What do I do with this humanities degree?", "Is the biotech industry for me?", etc.


*Specific responsibilities and expectations of presenters include:

*Serve as a positive professional role model for undergraduate students in attendance at the conference.

*Have experience with and be willing to present to undergraduate students on topics related to career development.

*Present content in a way that encourages reflection, challenges assumptions and is inclusive of all attendees.

*Provide students with next steps, action items, or where to find more information or resources.

*Be available to attend the check-in meeting on February 8, 2020, in Santa Cruz from 10:30a-11a.


Please note proposals will be reviewed and notifications sent on 12/6.

For questions or additional information, please contact