LGBTQIA+

Identity plays a role within the workplace and affects how you approach your job or career search.

At Career and Employment Services (CES), our advisors take a personalized approach to working with each student. We can help you navigate how to incorporate all aspects of your identity, as you explore career paths that complement your unique set of interests, skills, strengths, values, and experiences.

Peruse the page below, check out the Thrival Guide, and if you’d like to chat about career topics, we invite you to schedule an appointment! We can also help you connect to alumni who share the same identity. Just let us know. CES is here for you! 


Class of 2021 Logger students Anna Mondschean and Dana Levy virtually interned with the Washington State LGBTQ Commission over the summer of 2020. Read the article in Arches Magazine.

ASK a Logger Pride Panel (Video)
Puget Sound LGBTQ+ identifying alumni talk about navigating job-search issues, building networks*, finding supportive employers (and whether to stick around if your employer isn’t supportive), and more. *They each encourage you to reach out to themselves and to other LGBTQ+ Loggers for advice and to build your professional network! #AlwaysaLogger

Everywhere is Queer
Use the world-wide map and job board to identify and apply for opportunities with queer-owned businesses.

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
Out & Equal is dedicated to achieving global workplaces where all people are equal, belong, and thrive. They partner with Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies, and organizations across industries and diverse missions to provide LGBTQ+ executive leadership development, comprehensive D&I training and consultation, and professional networking opportunities that build inclusive and welcoming work environments.

Rainbow Center
The Rainbow Center in Tacoma provides resources and services to the LGBTQ2SA and allied community in South Puget Sound. Resources include a lending library, advocacy services, events, training, consulting services, and educational materials.

Trans Employment Program
The Trans Employment Program supports individuals through every aspect of the job search process, and matches job seekers with trans-friendly employers: from setting a goal and targeting employers, to building outstanding resumes and cover letters, practicing successful interview techniques, identifying references, and negotiating salary. They are here to help you land the job that is a perfect match for you, and offer this program at no cost.

National Center for Transgender Equality
Know your Rights: This resource outlines the rights and procedures that transgender employees have to address discrimination.

Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

  • Coming Out At Work: The HRC shares considerations for your safety and support in coming out at work while also presenting questions that are valuable when researching organizations to work for.
  • The Corporate Equality Index rates organizations/corporations on their commitment to LGBTQ+ equality and inclusion. (Startups and other organizations may be missing from the list due to their smaller size.)

Fairygodboss.com offers a variety of helpful articles, including: 5 Ways to Convey Your Pronoun of Choice At a New Job, From People Who’ve Been There

Beyond the Binary: Navigating the Workplace as a Non-Binary Individual: This Glassdoor article covers advocating for yourself in the workplace, evaluating companies for inclusion, and how to support your trans and gender-nonconforming colleagues at work.

4 Job Search Tips for Transgender and Non-Binary People: This Indeed article not only shares helpful tips for addressing microagressions, it also features advice from a Puget Sound alum and career services professional at the SF LGBT Center.

2024 Diversity Programs Database

Looking for an internship or program in finance, tech, or consulting? Check out this comprehensive database with over 230+ internships and programs. Scroll all the way to the right to find the direct link to the program.

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By Maya Herran
Maya Herran Career Advisor; Instructor: Career Awareness (EXLN 101)
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How Can You Tell if An Employer Values Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace?

Diversity and inclusion in the workplace can feel like a buzz phrase, but in practice, it’s a way to make all employees feel supported and empowered to succeed at work. Some companies do the bare minimum and post pledges on …

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How to Find Organizations Committed to DEI Values

Most social-impact organizations today express a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

The National Council of Nonprofits encourages organizations to not only articulate their values, but to be guided by them and to integrate them into their daily operations. …

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