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Academic Success & Career Services for LGBTQ Students

The ASCC is here to help you develop the identity you wish for employers to see when you apply for a job.  We are here for support and to provide a safe environment to explore how best to approach career planning as a member of the LGBTQ community.

Meeting someone at the ASCC in Lighty 180

You can setup an appointment on SSC or Handshake with one of our Career Coaches or drop in throughout the week between the hours of 2 – 4.

Coming Out to Employers

Sexual orientation, sex, or gender identity are all things that you do not need to disclose but if you want to then we can help you decide how, when, and in what medium you wish to disclose.

  • On Your Resume/Handshake Profile
  • Social Media as an Identity/LinkedIn
  • During Interview – Setting the Tone
  • After accepting that position – testing the waters
  • Resume crafting and Handshake profiles that represent and support your life
  • Interviews: Opening, During, Ending
  • On the Job – HR protected/feeling comfortable with a potential employer is hyper important for your future in the location
LGBTQ Friendly Companies and Organizations/Mentors to Help when Questioning

Key Indicators for a Proud company or organization

  • Same-Sex Partner Benefits as part of Employment Package
  • Gender-Neutral Restrooms
  • Family and Spousal Support
Resources to help identify LGBTQ friendly companies:

https://www.hrc.org/campaigns/corporate-equality-index

https://www.hrc.org/resources/best-places-to-work-2019

https://www.ielgbtatwork.com/

https://outandequal.org/

Legal Name Overview

Your resume and cover letter are not legal binding documents. When you meet with the organization’s HR then you can use your legal name there.

The Law

21 States and DC Prohibit Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (Washington is one)

https://www.hrc.org/state-maps/employment

Support in Washington

https://pridefoundation.org/region/washington/

https://news.wsu.edu/2016/08/22/wsu-makes-top-30-list-lgbtq-students/

https://www.campusprideindex.org/campuses/details/24?campus=washington-state-university

https://thecenter.wsu.edu/resources/