LGBTQ Students

The MU Career Center is committed to supporting and advocating for LGBTQ students. We recognize that there are many questions and concerns that members of the LGBTQ community have regarding career development and the workforce. Our staff will help answer your questions and recommend  resources, advice and support to help you thrive in your professional life.

The MU Career Center aims to support the LGBTQ community through engagement with our services and one-on-one career consultations with Career Specialists. Below are carefully curated referrals and resources designed to support LGBTQ students in defining and pursuing career goals.

  • + SUPPORT & WELLNESS
    • LGBTQ Resource Center works to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for Mizzou community members with a focus on queer and transgender students offering healthy communities, strategic partnerships, and leadership and identity development within a culture of celebration and inclusion.
    • Join one of several LGBTQ-related student organizations to find a supportive network and community.
    • Apply to be part of the Proud Tigers Mentorship Program to get additional guidance and support.
    • Career Counseling provides students the opportunity to discuss career, academic, and personal/social concerns.  
    • Counseling Center offers individual and group counseling as well as crisis services available 24/7. 
    • Student Health & Well-Being provides self-care resources and programs (like meditation) to help you stay balanced. 
    • Learning Center offers academic help at no cost to students through The Writing Center, Tiger Tutors and Study Plan Consultants. 
    • Office for Financial Success provides free consultations about financial matters such as loans, credit cards, credit scores, budgeting, saving, debt management and more.   
    • Tiger Pantry allows students to receive non-perishable food and household items monthly as well as eggs, produce, and bread each week.  
    • Truman’s Closet enables MU students to borrow business attire in an array of sizes free of charge. 
  • + CAREER & MAJOR EXPLORATION
    • Take the Focus 2 assessment to search for occupations and majors that fit with your interests, values, skills, and personality. Then speak with a Career Specialist about the results.
    • To search MU majors, minors, and certificates, visit the Majors@Mizzou webpage.  
    • Exploring students can visit the Discovery Center to learn about majors through individualized advising appointments. 
    • Arrange an informational interview, learning about the real-life experience of someone working in a field or company that interests you. 
    • Watch Candid Career videos to get honest career information and insight from professionals in hundreds of occupations.
  • + INVOLVEMENT & EXPERIENCE
  • + CAREER READINESS
  • + INCLUSION & EQUITY
    • Review the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for rankings of the most inclusive and LGBTQ-friendly employers.
    • Consult equality maps to learn about non-discrimination laws and policies by state and locality.
    • Network with industry professionals on LinkedIn and join LinkedIn groups such as Global Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace or OutBüro for referrals, job leads and career advice.
    • When interviewing, prepare questions for the employer to inquire about their definition of and commitment to diversity and inclusion.
    • Get employee insights using web sites like Glassdoor or Chezie which provide job seekers with feedback and stories to connect them with workplaces that are a good cultural fit.
    • Be prepared to face microaggressions in the workplace and how you might respond to them.
    • If you are a student experiencing discrimination or harassment, please report that to the MU Civil Rights & Title IX office. Recent graduates in the workforce should contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to file a complaint.

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Contact & Location

Phone
573-882-6801
Address

Student Success Center (lower level)
Lowry Mall
Columbia, MO 65211

Career Service Hours

M 9:00am - 4:00 pm
T 9:00am - 4:00 pm
W 9:00am - 4:00 pm
TH 9:00am - 4:00 pm
F 9:00am - 4:00 pm