July 17, 2003 – Vol. 22 No. 19

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    University teams with Monster to sponsor Diversity Leadership Program next month

    By Josh Schonwald
    News Office

    For the second consecutive year, the University will sponsor a conference designed to help minority students develop their job-hunting skills.

    CAPS, the University’s Career and Placement Services, and the job-search Web site, Monster.com, will jointly sponsor the Diversity Leadership Program Saturday, Aug. 16 and Sunday, Aug. 17, in Ida Noyes Hall.

    The weekend program will enable students from diverse ethnic backgrounds who will be entering their third and fourth years in the College next fall to participate in a series of workshops and seminars aimed at prepping them for the work world, said Liz Michaels, Director of CAPS.

    The Chicago conference, one of six held nationally, will provide students with an opportunity to attend seminars exploring such topics as networking, career development, interviewing, resumé building and workplace diversity.

    All presentations will be interactive and will be presented by industry professionals, said Kevin Mullins, a conference coordinator with Monster.

    “Through the Diversity Leadership Programs, Monster helps teach students from diverse backgrounds the importance of learning real-world business skills necessary for long-term achievement in their professional careers,” Mullins said.

    The weekend conference is corporately sponsored, enabling the conference program, food and accommodations to be offered at no cost to students. Corporate sponsors attend each conference to meet students and offer them an opportunity to learn more about their companies and organizations, said Mullins.

    For each of the six Diversity Leadership Program conferences, the national platinum sponsor is Pricewaterhouse-Coopers, and the national gold sponsor is Capital One, which also will award $12,000 in scholarships during and after the weekend events.

    Students who will not be in Chicago during the summer can choose to attend a similar conference at one of four other locations. Eligible students need only provide their own transportation to a location to which they will be assigned and to which they are closest during the summer months.

    Those other locations are: Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles), Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20; Catholic University (Washington), Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27; Emory University (Atlanta), Saturday, Aug. 2 and Sunday, Aug. 3; and St. John’s University (New York), Saturday, Aug. 9 and Sunday, Aug. 10.

    Students interested in applying and reading interviews from last year’s participants can visit http://dos.uchicago.edu/richman.html to learn about the program details.