Employer Diversity Recruitment Guidelines

University of San Francisco (USF) ranks 1st in the nation for its student diversity and is among the best colleges for veterans according to the U.S. News & World Report, 2022.

USF’s students and alumni come from 50 states and more than 100 countries. Grew up in more than 25 faith traditions. Speak 49 languages. Represent the full range of race and ethnicity, gender identity, sexual identity, socioeconomic background, and political beliefs. 

True to its Jesuit mission, USF is working to create a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive community.

The Career Services Center believes that our work to address systemic inequities facing students of different abilities, ages, colors, creeds, cultures, races, ethnicities, family models, gender identities, gender expressions, health statuses, nationalities, political views, religious, spiritual, and philosophical beliefs, sexual orientations, socioeconomic statuses, educational backgrounds and veteran statuses starts with equitable access to meaningful employment and internship opportunities at organizations that strive for all their employees to feel included, respected, and empowered.

Below are several benefits to employers creating an inclusive work culture, ways to measure and create inclusion in the workplace and how employers can demonstrate to students their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the recruitment process.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) highlights the organizational benefits of creating an inclusive work culture including: higher employee job satisfaction, lower turnover, greater and higher–quality productivity, higher employee morale, and increased creativity and innovation. 

Three main elements to creating an inclusive work culture, include: self–analysis, education, and training programs. NACE emphasizes that, “creating an inclusive work culture is not a final point, it is an ongoing process.”

Ways to Implement Your Commitment to Diversity

Recruiting for diversity and inclusion is vital to the success of any business, which is why developing a strategy that responds to the needs of your future leaders (college students and recent grads) is so important. – Handshake

Students have high expectations around diversity and inclusion in the job search and their interactions with employers. They want to see themselves reflected in the organizations for which they intend to work. – NACE 

Showcase your company’s commitment to DEI through your website, marketing materials, and Handshake profile by featuring diverse employees and providing examples of how your organization supports an equitable and inclusive work environment (e.g., employer resource groups, mentoring programs, community engagement efforts, social justice benefits).

Highlight DEI in Your Postings

Attract and hire more diverse candidates by using inclusive language and eliminating bias. Organizations can increase diversity by removing common barriers such as listing internships that are unpaid, having GPA minimums and an unnecessary list of qualifications (e.g., narrow list of allowable majors, number of years of experience, graduation years). Highlight inclusive benefits (e.g., flexible schedules, floating holidays, paid parental leaves, paid time off, tuition reimbursement, professional development, domestic partner coverage, mental health and wellness programs, childcare). 

Integrate DEI in Your Student Interactions 

When meeting with students be prepared to answer questions about your organization’s demonstrated commitment not just to diversity but also to equity, inclusion, and belonging. Ensure that your recruitment team is trained in unconscious bias and has scrutinized what your organization means by “professionalism” and “culture fit.” Avoid personal bias during the selection process by using tools such as PinPoint, and Textio to anonymize resumes and remove demographic information. 

Interested in partnering with USF’s Career Services Center on upcoming diversity programming? 

Contact Julia Hing, Director of Employer Relationships, at jahing@usfca.edu and Stephanie Belfiore, Assistant Director of Employer Relationships, at sibelfiore@usfca.edu for more information on how you can get involved.