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they maintain a direct line of communication with their respective HBCUs. Federal contractors can identify alumni of HBCUs and meet with them to discuss diversity and recruitment and share ideas. HBCU alumni at the company can also identify other diverse candidates, share key information about their HBCU, provide points of contact and serve as ambassadors to engage their community to tell them about the company.
Federal contractors can survey their current workforce for referrals of qualified recent graduates of HBCUs. These alumni can gauge the current priorities and needs of the HBCUs and will also be an excellent source for mentors when HBCU students are brought on board. An employee referral reward program can be created to strengthen this practice.
Connect with National Organizations
You can provide significant value to your diversity outreach effort by establishing a partnership with national Black foundations, faith-based institutions and conferences. Federal contractors can establish and maintain liaisons with organizations and professional groups for targeted recruitment. Examples of potential partner organizations include NAFEO, National Historically Black Colleges & Universities Foundation, National Society of Black Engineers and National Black Law Students Association.
Sources: Buck, The Department of Labor
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