Career Resources By Identity and Affinity


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Career Resources By Identity and Affinity

We all have strengths and talents to offer potential employers. Students who identify with an affinity group, have the opportunity to showcase the skills and abilities that make them uniquely qualified for jobs. Rio Salado Career Services staff are committed to supporting the career development of and providing inclusive and equitable resources for all students and graduates. The resources on this page are meant to help support the career change process for students who identify with an affinity group. 

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Students with visible and/or invisible disabilities may worry about potential discrimination. These resources are available to help students navigate the career change process.

Employment Resources

Ability Jobs AbilityJOBS has thousands of great positions posted by employers who are preapproved and committed to hiring people with disabilities.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) From answers to common questions to official legal documents, has everything you need to understand your rights and responsibilities under the ADA. 

Diversity Jobs Uniting diversity-driven employers with people of color, women, veterans, older workers, individuals with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. 

Mentra A hiring platform that intelligently matches neurodivergents (this includes autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and other forms of neurological diversity) with fulfilling careers in tech. 

Neurodiversity Career Connector A collection of employers committed to neurodiversity-focused hiring initiatives.

Neurodiversity Hub A link between neurodivergent students and work experience, internships, and employment opportunities. 

Specialistern Job listings and career resources. 

SourceAbled A career portal and guidance for people with disabilities, autism, and neurodivergence. 

The Spectrum Careers A resource connecting job seekers on the autism spectrum with inclusive employers and resources.

Vocational Rehabilitation This program provides a variety of services to persons with disabilities, with the ultimate goal of preparing for, entering into, or retaining employment. 

Workforce Recruitment Program A recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private-sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to demonstrate their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs.

Community Resources

American Civil Liberties Union Disability Rights Federal disability rights laws can provide protection against discrimination, segregation, and exclusion. 

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) A guide for people with disabilities seeking employment. 

Epic Disability Advocacy (EPIC) Services designed to educate, advocate, and create connections to empower the disability community. 

Job Accommodation Network (JAN) Resources to help individuals with disabilities explore accommodation ideas and provide practical suggestions for requesting and negotiating accommodations with an employer. 

Neurodiversity Hub A link between neurodivergent students and work experience, internships, and employment opportunities. 

US Dept of Labor “Know your Rights: Disability Rights” Handout.

International students may experience unique challenges during the career change process. Below are a few resources to help support international students explore their rights and employment opportunities.

Employment Resources

Going Global Job search engine for students looking for jobs in the U.S. or abroad. 

Jooble Job listings in over 40 countries worldwide. 

H-1B Employer Data Hub Identifies employers who have successfully petitioned for H-1B visas. 

Community Resources

Scholars 4dev Resources for international students looking for scholarships, grants, or fellowships in the USA. 

Study in the States Provides free government resources that explain rules and regulations regarding the nonimmigrant student process in the U.S.

Resources are available to help students who identify as justice-impacted or justice-involved navigate the career change process.

Employment Resources

2nd Chances 4 Felons Links to staffing agencies and companies. 

Jails to Jobs Video A step-by-step plan to follow as you carry out your job search. 

Library of Congress Information and services aimed at assisting justice-involved individuals with locating employment. 

My Perfect Resume 8 resume tips for justice-impacted individuals. 

Novoresume Career Blog Job search and application tips for justice-impacted. 

Prison Fellowship Information on how to create a resume with a conviction. Tips for writing a resume for those with a felony conviction or who have been incarcerated. 

Community Resources

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Offers a variety of resources for formerly incarcerated persons. 

GET HELP TO RESTORE YOUR CIVIL RIGHTS FREE one-on-one help for adult and juvenile ex-offenders who wish to restore their civil rights and have their cases set aside.

Students who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ affinity group may have questions about how or whether or not to integrate their identity into their career change process. Here are a few resources that may provide guidance.

Employment Resources

CenterLink LGBT Jobs and Careers Board Find the next phase of your career with LGBTQ-affiliated companies and community centers. 

Diversity Jobs Uniting diversity-driven employers with people of color, women, veterans, older workers, individuals with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. 

LGBTQ Career Network Online Job board for LGBTQIA+ friendly employers. 

LGBT CenterLink Current job openings at LGBTQ community centers and other organizations and institutions whose work is closely related to the needs and interests of LGBTQ communities. 

Oberlin PDF to help find LGBTQIA+ friendly employers and resources. 

Pink Jobs Equal opportunity-focused job board. 

The Center Services Resources for job seekers including resume writing, interview prep, and safe escort to job interviews. 

The LGBTQ+ Bar Job board for the LGBTQ+ community. 

Q+ Equality Foundation Uniting job seekers with welcoming employers. Find career opportunities with companies that value diversity and recognize the power a diverse workforce brings to their business.

Community Resources

500 Queer Scientists A visibility campaign for LGBTQ+ people and their allies working in STEM and STEM-supporting jobs. 

American Library Association’s Rainbow Round Table Resources for LGBTQIA+ professional library community, and the LGBTQIA+ information and access needs. 

American Medical Association’s Advisory Committee on LGBTQ Issues LGBTQ news and topics related to patients and physicians. 

Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals A member-based organization working towards the liberation of LGBTQ people in higher education. 

Human Rights Campaign A guide for employees who want to come out at their place of employment. 

LGBT Connect Support groups and social events for the LGBTQ+ individuals who work for them. 

National Center for Transgender Equality Information and resources for transgender individuals in the workplace. 

National LGBT Chamber of Commerce An advocacy organization dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBTQ people, and the exclusive certifying body for LGBTQ-owned businesses. 

National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists & Technical Professionals Providing education, advocacy, professional development, networking, and peer support for LGBTQ+ individuals. 

Out 4 Undergrad LGBTQIA+ friendly conferences. 

Out & Equal Resources to support LGBTQ+ workplace equity, inclusion, and belonging. 

Out for Work Assists students with the development, evaluation, initiation, and implementation of career plans and opportunities. 

Out Professionals Creating meaningful networking events and other career-building and life-enriching programming. 

Pride at Work A nonprofit organization that represents LGBTQ union members and their allies. 

Queer Business Alliance (Facebook page) Resources and education to amplify LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs. 

The LGBTQ+ Bar Job board for the LGBTQ+ community. 

Trans Can Work Innovative training strategies and workforce development. 

Transgender Law Center – Employment Resources Changes law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.

Students of color may identify as members of one or more racial or ethnic groups. Here are some resources that provide support related to careers and professional communities.

Employment Resources

Diversity Jobs Uniting diversity-driven employers with people of color, women, veterans, older workers, individuals with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Asian American and Pacific Islander



  • Hispanic Alliance for Career Engagement (HACE) A national non-profit dedicated to the employment, development, and advancement of current and aspiring Latino professionals.
  • iHispano Job listings.
  • Saludos A national resource for Latino job seekers and for employers seeking to increase diversity in their workforce.

Native American

Community Resources

Asian American and Pacific Islander


  • BlackWomenTalk Tech Our mission is to help Black women dream big and build the next billion-dollar tech or scalable company.
  • I’mBlackInTech A global membership organization that supports, celebrates, and educates our membership base of Black and Latinx founders and professionals.
  • National Society of Black Engineers Engineering society for students of color.


Native American

  • American Indian Business Leaders Resources to increase the representation of American Indians and Alaska Natives in business and entrepreneurial ventures through education and leadership development opportunities.
  • Native American Connections Champions community development projects that strengthen the Native American Community and celebrates the rich cultural histories of indigenous peoples.
  • Native American Journalists Association NAJA serves and empowers Native journalists through programs and actions designed to enrich journalism and promote Native cultures.

If you identify as an undocumented job seeker, here are a few resources that might be helpful to you.

Employment Resources

Best Colleges Find employers that support the DACA program and explore career resources available for dreamers.

Jopwell We represent and advance careers for Black, Latinx, and Native American students and professionals.

Community Resources

Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) A list of useful DACA resources. 

Immigrants Rising Provides undocumented professionals with training, mentorship, hands-on career experience, and financial support to reach their career goals. 

Immigration Advocates Network Harnessing the power of technology and collaboration to support immigrants and their allies. 

Job Searching Tips for DACA Recipients Advice on education, training, important job decisions, career changes, and more. 

Maricopa Colleges Community DACA Resources Community Resources for DACA Students. 

My Undocumented Life Information on applying to graduate and professional schools, spaces to build community, and life after attending college. 

National Immigration Law Center (NILC) FAQ Resources for DACA individuals when working with employers. 

TheDream.US A resource hub for scholarship information, employment opportunities, and general guidance on being an undocumented student/professional.

Veterans have unique experiences and skills to offer employers. There are many resources to help veterans learn how to communicate and showcase these skills to employers. Here are a few resources to explore.

Employment Resources

50 Strong A national, collaborative, industry-led effort supporting hundreds of employers & thousands of military-affiliated jobseekers. 

Career OneStop Resources to help describe your military experiences in terms that civilian employers can understand. 

Department of Defense (DOD) Skills Bridge Resources to connect transitioning service members with industry partners in real-world job experiences. 

Hire our Heroes fellowship (HOH) Job listings and other career resources for Veterans. 

My Next Move Job listings and career resources for Veterans. 

U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Service (VETS) Job listings and resources for Veterans. 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Veteran Employment Center Employment and training services. 

Veterans Collaborative Job listings and employment resources. 

Community Resources

American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Military/Veterans Affairs Networking Group. 

Career OneStop Learn how to substitute civilian equivalents for military terms, titles, ranks, and acronyms as you write your cover letters and resumes, as well as in conversations. 

Combat2Careers A resource for career counselors who guide student veterans Veteran’s Career Planning Workbook. 

Four Block A nationwide community of Veterans and employers dedicated to transforming the Veteran transition process. 

Hire Our Heroes (HOH) Fellowship Industry-focused internships that connect veterans, transitioning service members, military spouses, and caregivers with training and professional experience in high-demand career fields with innovative employer partners. 

My Army Benefits Resources and benefits for military and Veterans. 

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) Information about the affirmative action protections of the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) for veterans seeking employment at companies that do business with the federal government. 

Student Veterans of America Resources to help student Veterans and military-connected students achieve their greatest potential. 

Veteran Business Network Resources to help find and connect with Veteran-owned businesses. 

U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission A Veteran’s Guide to Employment Rights Under the Americans with Disabilities Act.