Centering Students in Employer Engagement
January 9, 2024
At a Glance
This step-by-step guide serves as a resource for colleges and intermediaries looking to adopt an equity lens for employer engagement efforts. We propose a new approach for industry partnerships that centers student needs and outcomes, emphasizing job quality and equitable economic advancement above all else. Additionally, we provide reflection questions and a fillable action plan as supports for institutions implementing an equity-focused employer engagement strategy.
Traditionally, community colleges seeking partnerships have placed the employer and its needs first. The field guide adopts an equity lens that centers the needs and outcomes of learners. For industry partnerships to facilitate student success, they must always be in service of equitable economic mobility for learners. The purpose of this resource is to support colleges in creating and implementing an equity-centered employer engagement strategy through the following step-by-step actions:
As they use the guide, colleges can turn learning into action with the help of the supplied Equity-Centered Employer Engagement Action Plan. This fillable template assists college representatives in reflecting on their current employer engagement efforts and outlines actions they might take to proactively center student outcomes in their approach to industry partnerships. With the help of these resources, colleges can update their practices to better align with their mission and support learners in obtaining quality jobs that facilitate equitable economic advancement.