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Diversity Meet-Up

January 24, 2022 (Virtual via Career Fair Plus)

January 25, 2022 (In-Person Grand Ballroom)
5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

See schedule below for details. Only open to UF students and alumni.


What is Diversity Meet-Up?

Diversity Meet-Up is a two-day event designed to help boost your confidence and your brand as you navigate recruiting season. Discover what employers are really looking for during employer conversations and open networking. The event is open to UF students and alumni from all diverse and underrepresented populations including but not limited to- veterans, LGBTQA+, students with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and women in STEM.


Diversity Meet-Up Event Schedule

Monday, January 24:

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - 5  p.m. | Virtual Networking*
Career Fair Plus

Meet with employers virtually through the interactive platform- Career Fair Plus. Employers will host appointment-based and/or open group meetings virtually. Appointment sign-ups will begin on Monday, January 10th and continue through the duration of the event.

Through these virtual meetings, you can ask employers about their organization, available positions, and their own career path. You will also be able to showcase your own unique skills and experiences that you can bring to their organization. Make sure to complete your profile on Career Fair Plus and upload an updated resume!

  • To see a full list of participating employers, tap on the employer’s section of Career Fairs Plus.
  • Appointments must be made through the Career Fair Plus app on your phone or mobile device for the virtual portion of Diversity Meet-Up.

Tuesday, January 25:

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | In-Person Networking*
Grand Ballroom | Reitz Union, 2nd Floor

Meet with employers in-person in the Grand Ballroom. The in-person portion of Diversity Meet-Up will be an open networking event- no appointments or reservations are needed to meet with recruiters.

Through casual networking conversations, you can ask employers about their organization, available positions, and their own career path. You will also be able to showcase your own unique skills and experiences that you can bring to their organization. Make sure to bring hard copies of your resume to share!


Participating Employers

For a list of participating employers download our career fair app, Career Fair Plus from the App Store or Google Play store. Career Fair Plus provides event details such as a list of employers attending virtually and in-person, an interactive map, real-time updates, and more.

Keep in mind, most employers are attending either January 24th or January 25th - not both days!

A list of employers can also be found in Gator CareerLink.


Diversity Meet-Up Kick-Off Events

Diversity Meet-Up Kick-Off events are designed to share information and promote belonging and connection among students who share similar identities, backgrounds, and experiences. These student partnership events can further prepare you for engaging with employers and finding additional experiences.

For more details about each event, please visit Gator CareerLink.

UF NAVIGATORS

Tuesday, January 18
4:45 P.M. - 5:40 P.M.
Career Connections Center - Exploration Room

Black Student Union

Thursday, January 20
6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Reitz Union - University Auditorium

Disability Ambassadors

Friday, January 21
4:00 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.
Zoom & Career Connections Center - Exploration Room


Prepare for Diversity Meet-Up

Prepare Your Strategy

  • Download and review the Career Fair Plus app early! Employers will post schedules and appointments starting January 10th. We recommend signing up for appointments as soon as possible!
  • Finalize your schedule for attending the virtual and/or in-person events. Make sure to review which employers are attending each day.
  • Remember, when you sign up for a virtual appointment with an employer on Career Fair Plus, you are expected to attend that appointment. No-showing for the appointment is unprofessional and reflects poorly on you as a candidate.
  • Research the organizations before attending to learn more about their values, mission, and positions available.
  • Review the Diversity Meet-Up prep videos below to learn more about the event and how to connect with employers.

Prepare for Networking Conversations

  • Download and/or print this Networking Event Checklist to learn more about networking events.
  • Prepare questions to ask employers so you can see if the organization is aligned with your values, abilities, and interests. Review our Questions Guide with potential conversation starters to learn more about their diversity hiring initiatives.
  • Attend additional recruiting events like Career Showcase and Information Sessions to continue your networking with employers.
  • After the event, make sure to send a follow-up thank you email to the employers you met with!

Prepare Your Materials and Professional Attire

  • Have your resume reviewed prior to the event. Attend Express Drop-In for individualized feedback.
  • Have a digital or hard copy of your resume readily available to share with employers.
  • Have a platform (i.e. notepad) to jot down notes of your conversations with recruiters to use during your follow-ups.
  • Plan for your attire and professional image. We recommend business professional attire for this event. If you plan to utilize the Molm Family Gator Career Closet, make sure to make an appointment early!

If you are an individual with a disability and anticipate needing accommodations, please contact CCCCareerFairs@ufsa.ufl.edu at least 72 hours prior to the event.


Diversity Meet-Up Prep Videos

Watch the videos below to learn more about:

  • Diversity Meet-Up events
  • Networking strategies
  • Identifying organizations that are aligned with your values, abilities, and interests
  • Communicating your strengths and goals