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 Liaisons centers around helping recruiters diversify their workforce while educating the student population on different career paths and opportunities. 

As a sponsor of the program, your funding supports student ambassadors within student clubs. These student ambassadors are selected to represent their clubs on a diversity council. The council convenes prior to the start of each semester and twice during the fall and spring to provide a forum for open communication between key recruiting partners and club leadership. The council advises employers on recruiting strategies and helps to promote career opportunities to students across Grounds. In addition to the council meetings, the student team collaborates with the UVA Career Center to host Diversity Recruiting Fairs each semester and as liaisons, they actively promote these fairs to their clubs.

Benefits

  • 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 

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.

Diversity Liaison Sponsorship

Employers who are interested in this unique sponsorship package, please contact David Lapinski, Director of Employer Relations and Experiential Education at [email protected]. Funding from this sponsorship will be used to support Student Diversity Ambassadors to help employers with diversity outreach and programming. 

Sponsorship: $5,000

  • Early Registration for Recruiting
  • Title Sponsorship on the Diversity Liaison Program
  • Participation in the Diversity and Club Ambassador Council with student leaders
  • Registration for the Fall and Spring Diversity and Club Career Fairs 
  • 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
  • Company Logo on Diversity Liason Page of UVA Website

Best Practices in Diversity Recruiting

'23-'24 DIVERSITY LIAISON SPONSORS

Diversity Liason Sponsor Organizations

Diversity Liaisons

Meghana Annamaneni

LEAD DIVERSITY LIAISON
Economics & Foreign Affairs
2025

Meghana Annamaneni serves as the lead diversity liaison at the UVA Career Center. She became a diversity liaison during her first year because of her passion for creating equal access to job opportunities for underrepresented communities. In her role, she oversees the diversity liaisons, coordinates the biannual Diversity and Career Fairs, and develops strategic objectives with employers to strengthen their connections with student groups.

Brian Douglas

Brian Douglas

STUDENT DISABILITY ALLIANCE
Kinesiology & Exercise Science
2025

Brian Douglas is excited to represent the Student Disability Alliance. Brian's driving force has always been to ensure that individuals with disabilities are not just seen but are also given equal opportunities to thrive in the workforce. Brian believes that everyone deserves a chance to chase their dreams without barriers. By stepping into this role, Brian aims to bridge the gap between students with disabilities and potential employers, making the career aspirations of these students not just a possibility but a reality.

Alejandro Erazo

Alejandro Erazo

COLLEGE AND GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ARTS & SCIENCES
Psychology & Sociology
2025

Alejandro was drawn to the position because of his fervent commitment to providing equitable opportunities for all members of his community. Witnessing a noticeable gap in the consistent promotion of job and internship opportunities across various organizations on Grounds, he felt compelled to take action and serve his community by disseminating these opportunities to as many of his peers as possible. Moreover, he was fueled by his desire to engage with individuals from diverse backgrounds, learn from their experiences, and collaborate toward fostering a positive impact on the University of Virginia.

Rachel Griff

Rachel Griff

ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENT FUND
English
2025

Rachel Griff is excited to represent the Alternative Investment Fund. During recruiting, Rachel noticed  that many of the best opportunities are challenging to find or can be easily overlooked due to a lack of access to and awareness of employers and job listings. When she learned about the opportunity to connect employers with students through the Diversity Ambassador program, she was excited to enable others to achieve their career aspirations. 

Maajid Husain

DATA SCIENCE & ANALYTICS CLUB
Applied Statistics & Computer Science
2024

Maajid Husain is proud to represent the Data Science and Analytics Club. Maajid observed a significant gap in the connection between the diverse, interdisciplinary, data-driven student community and potential corporate sponsors. This gap, compounded by a lack of direct communication and understanding between students and companies regarding career opportunities and employer expectations, motivated him to become a Diversity Ambassador. Maajid's ambition to create an inclusive community that brings together faculty, students, and corporate partners is at the heart of his participation, aiming to empower students to realize their career aspirations while aligning with the evolving needs of the industry.

Ananya Manikandan

Ananya Manikandan

WOMEN IN COMPUTING SCIENCES
Economics
2026

Ananya Manikandan in excited to represent the Women in Computing Sciences Organization as the hackathon chair. She joined the ambassador team because she wants to help promote opportunities that are accessible and be a bridge between recruiters and students at UVA.