Spelman College Students Taught Essential Career Skills With Goal of Closing Income Inequality Gaps

In addition to their usual classes, sophomores at Spelman College are being taught about career paths and how to pursue and acquire the jobs they want, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.Spelman College

They are receiving this additional education per the all-women Atlanta HBCU’s partnership with Braven, a nonprofit that aims to help students with attaining employment after college, pursuing graduate degrees, and closing income inequality gaps.

Women who graduated in 2020 earned an average annual salary of $52,266 while men made $64,022, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Black women were paid 63% of what white men were paid in 2019, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Students learn a myriad of skills, such as resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, and networking, and meet with various company leaders.

“It really helps with saying ‘You’re a sophomore. We can plan this out. You’re going to be okay’ and I feel like that’s really important going to an all-female, Black, HBCU,” said international studies major Nia Lindsey, 20.

Braven will work with about 450 Spelman sophomores through their senior years, and will work with another sophomore cohort next school year.