The recent increase in dialogue and awareness about racial justice have brought the issues of workplace discrimination and workplace diversity to the surface in the US..
With the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter and Defund the Police movements, demonstrations and calls for policy changes across the country, and now the nomination of vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris, race and equality have become a major topic of national discourse.
Still, many companies and industries do not reflect the racial and cultural diversity of the country. Just 7 percent of the high-tech U.S. workforce is Black. Despite recent efforts to improve diversity in the workplace, only 2% of Google’s workforce is Black and 3% of Twitter’s workforce is Black.
Recruiters sometimes face challenges in finding diverse talent in specific industries and HBCUs—or Historically Black Colleges and Universities—are not always included on job recruiters’ must-visit lists, sometimes due to budgetary reasons.
While general online job boards, such as ZipRecruiter and Indeed, offer a general platform for job and internship postings, RecDiv is the first job board specifically for HBCU.
HBCUs offer unique value for employers and recruiters. Black colleges continue to outperform non-HBCUs in graduating successful Black professionals in a number of fields including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Studies also show that Black HBCU grads are better prepared for life beyond college and more engaged at work than non-HBCU graduates.
Notable HBCU alumni such as Kamala Harris have spoken about how HBCU prepared them for success. Harris said in a tweet earlier this year that attending Howard University—an HBCU in Washington, D.C.—and joining the sorority there changed her life.
A job board specifically for HBCU helps companies connect with diverse, qualified candidates faster and easier than traditional job boards.