Career Center Diversity Liaisons

Tatiyahna Blakely 

Tatiyahna Blakely 

Tatiyahna, who joined the Career Center in Fall 2019, is a second-year with a prospective double major in French and Global Studies. She is originally from the Tidewater region of Virginia but recently moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is devoted to connecting students from underrepresented communities to positions that will nurture their passions and provide them with opportunities for future success. When she is not working at the Career Center, Tatiyahna enjoys connecting with tourists through the University Guide Service, having tea with her residents in Old Dorms, and dancing with the Virginia Dance Company.

Deborah Yu

Deborah Yu

Deborah is the newest addition to the Diversity Liaison team this semester! She is a second-year Youth and Social Innovation Major, intending to also complete a minor in Entrepreneurship. She grew up in Buffalo, New York but considers Centreville, Virginia her home. She is passionate about empowering underrepresented students with a desire to mitigate the opportunity gaps in education and employment. She is also planning events on the Second Year Council, empowering young historically marginalized girls in Charlottesville through the Young Women Leaders Program, and singing her heart out with Hoos in Treble A Cappella. Deborah is excited to be connecting with such a diverse student population and working to be a bridge for you all!

Caleb Sica

Caleb Sica

Caleb is a fourth-year student majoring in Commerce with a concentration in Finance and tracks in Real Estate and Global Commerce. Caleb has lived many places across the United States including Seattle, Northern Virginia, Luray, Chicago, and of course Charlottesville. He is passionate about finding the bridges between marginalized student academic interests and experiences and career opportunities for future success. Around Grounds, Caleb also participates in the Black Student Commerce Network as the Vice President and is a member of the Ethiopian-Eritrean Student Association and the Virginia Undergrad Real Estate Club. His other interests include reading, anime, food, and his cat.


The UVA Career Center is committed to accommodating the diverse needs of the student body. The Diversity Liaisons are undergraduate students who serve as liaisons between employers and historically marginalized communities within the University. With hundreds of student organizations across Grounds, they serve as the direct bridge between companies and student populations. As members of the student body themselves, the main goal of the Diversity Liaison centers around helping recruiters diversify their workforce while educating the student population on different career paths and opportunities. 


  • Facilitate connections with student organizations across Grounds
  • Coordinate custom career-related programs (see examples listed below) 
  • Communicate upcoming events, internship/job postings, and upcoming opportunities through weekly newsletters to relevant student organizations  
  • Learn how best ways to articulate your company's values and opportunities through feedback directly from the Diversity Liaisons 

Diversity Liaison Sponsors for 2020-2021

Diversity Liaison Sponsor Logos

Diversity Liaison Sponsorship 

Funds from this sponsorship are used to pay for a Student Diversity Liaison to work in the Career Center and help lead Diversity outreach and programming. 

Sponsorship: $5,000

  • Early Registration for Recruiting
  • Title Sponsorship on the Diversity Liaison Program
  • Lunch with students and presentation
  • Resume Books 
  • Facebook Promotion for up to 2 info sessions/events
  • Event Pinning in Handshake for up to 2 info sessions/events
  • Targeted email for Fall and Spring Positions
  • ¼ Page Ad in Hoos Career Guide (6,000 distributed copies)
  • Company Profile on Diversity Page of UVA Website

Employers who are interested in this unique sponsorship package, please contact David Lapinski, Director of Employer Relations and Experiential Education at  

Examples of Program Partnerships 

Diversity in the Workplace Panel with Capital One 

In partnering with Capital One, a diverse group of panelists spoke about their experiences in their careers. They offered students advice on how to overcome challenges in the workplace. This platform offered the company an opportunity to show their diversity and inclusion efforts. It also provided students with a welcoming environment to network with recruiters.

Design Thinking Workshop with Capital One

A team of recruiters presented a skill development workshop for students to learn about Design Thinking as it applies to their careers. Students had an opportunity to learn about the company’s recruitment opportunities and ask questions about the company.

Excel Workshop with FTI Consulting

Students had the opportunity to enhance their skills while having one-on-one interactions with employers. This event introduced students to the company’s everyday use of various skills. It also provided a platform for students to network and learn about recruitment opportunities.

Best Practices in Diversity Recruiting (March 2021)