Career Champions is a professional development program designed for faculty and instructors to learn tangible ways to add career connection in the classroom, while advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion and examining the barriers to access for first generation students, students of color, and low-income students.
Our curriculum was developed collaboratively with a cross-campus group of teaching and professional faculty. Career Champions is run in partnership with the Office of Academic Affairs and the Career Development Center.
Career Champions began as part of Oregon State's participation in the University Innovation Alliance, a coalition of public research universities committed to increasing the number and diversity of college graduates. Students interviewed by the UIA stated overwhelmingly that they wanted to learn more about career pathways from their faculty members.
Oregon State offers the Career Champions professional development program in a cohort-based model, with a new cohort each term.
Program goals and participant insights
Working alongside colleagues from different disciplines to learn and discuss topics on how to best support first-generation students, students of color, and students with high-financial need on their pathway to career is an enriching process and crucial to the success of our students and institution.
Career Champions is an important reminder of the roles and impact we have as educators in and out of the classroom.
- Summer 2020 program participant
Oregon State's Career Champions program tackles issues of diversity, equity and inclusion, and also provides educators with tangible ways to incorporate career education into their work with students.