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Nazareth College Career Services received honors for its commitment to lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, and questioning (LGBTQ) college students transitioning from academia to the workplace by OUT for Work at the 2012 National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Conference & Expo. Nazareth is one of 21 colleges and universities nationwide to receive a Gold level of certification in the 2012 LGBTQ Career Center Certification Program Report, which evaluates the support and resources available to LGBTQ students facing employment and workplace challenges. The inaugural LGBTQ Career Center Certification Honors ceremony took take place at the NACE Conference & Expo on Wednesday, June 13 in Las Vegas, Nev.
“For some time I’ve recognized that our LGBT students have needed extra support with their job searches, such as identifying LGBT friendly organizations, deciding whether or not to come out on their resume, and so on,” explains Mike Kahl, director of Nazareth’s career services office. “We now have a link on the front page of the office’s webpage that connects students to specific LGBT career resources; we have planned programs for our LGBT students featuring speakers including our own alumni; and we have taken students to the Out for Work national conference for the last two years. I'm very proud that we have chosen to take the lead in this way, and I think doing so demonstrates that Nazareth takes very seriously serving the needs of all of our students.”
OUT for Work is an organization dedicated to the overall educational experience of LGBTQ students, primarily in the development, evaluation, initiation, and implementation of career plans and opportunities. The National Association for Colleges and Employers connects campus recruiting and career services professionals, and provides best practices, trends, research, professional development, and conferences regarding employment of the college educated.
Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.