On November 7, students and alumni gathered at the Campus Center for Career Connections Night, an evening of networking and career exploration put on by the Diversity Enrichment and Achievement Program (DEAP).
For the past three years, DEAP has collaborated with a diverse group of Indiana professionals for Career Connections Night. This year, the Neal-Marshall Alumni Club, IU Latino Alumni Association, and IU Alumni Association participated in the event to provide students with insight and inspiration for their futures.
DeLeon Lott, coordinator of college transition and leadership development for DEAP, explained how Career Connections Night is an accessible way for students to network. "This event is important because we make it easy for that connection to happen," Lott said. "Students don't have to go to an expensive conference to meet someone. They're able to just be in their natural environment and come right up to the Campus Center—a building they're in every day."
In addition to making Career Connections Night easily accessible, DEAP helped to make the event stress-free for students by setting aside time at the beginning of the night for a lesson on networking. Students received question sheets, conversation topic ideas, and advice on how to get the most out of their interactions with alumni.