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How Partnerships with Student Organizations Increase Diversity in your Talent Pipeline

July 28, 2020
Ben Siegel

From fraternities and sororities to honors societies and different clubs, there are hundreds of student organizations across the country. These organizations have a diverse group of amazingly talented students and love to partner with all types of companies to ensure their members have internship and job opportunities. Likewise, partnering with student organizations is also an opportunity for companies to build a consistent pipeline of students from across the country. However, building these partnerships can be time consuming and the process can sometimes be difficult to navigate. 

We’ve put together this guide to make the process as easy as possible. You’ll better understand the value of these organizations plus we give you access to some ideal student organizations to partner with.

Creating relationships with student organizations is a smart move for your organization

Partnering with student organizations is beneficial for many reasons. Organizations are not school specific so you’re able to reach students from across the country. Plus, engaging with students at multiple universities increases brand awareness and helps build diverse entry-level talent pipelines. Not only are you able to increase your reach and brand awareness, you’ll also save money and increase efficiency by not having to travel to each school to meet the same students. 

By targeting these groups rather than colleges and universities, you’re able to get access to an incredibly niche group of people. For example, Tau Beta Pi is an honors society for engineering students and Alpha Lambda Delta is an honors society for first-year students. There are groups and organizations like this for every single major and the best part is their members come from hundreds of different universities.

How student organizations help create representative talent pipelines

If you’ve read other articles on our blog, you’re probably starting to see a trend. We firmly believe that broadening your reach and targeting more than your “10 go-to schools” drastically increases engagement and diversity in your entry-level talent pools. Other than using an SRP how else can you reach students from hundreds of universities at one time? Moreover, how can you reach students from hundreds of universities at one time who all have the skill sets that you need? 

You’re more likely to build a pipeline of potential long term employees when you focus on students with the right skills, interests, and experiences. There are millions of talented students at universities across the country with the qualifications you’ve been searching for. Student organizations will help you do this and when you look for skills (instead of schools) you’re going to find talented students from all different backgrounds.

Nine student organizations you should think about partnering with

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

SHPE is the nation’s largest association dedicated to fostering Hispanic leadership in the STEM field. SHPE raises awareness, provides access, and prepares Hispanic students and professionals to become leaders in the STEM field. Our members are driving innovation, the global economy, and a prosperous Hispanic community.

Alpha Lambda Delta

Alpha Lambda Delta is an honor society for students who have achieved a 3.5 GPA or higher and are in the top 20% of their class during their first year or term of higher education.

Alpha Phi Alpha

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity (ΑΦΑ) is the first historically African American intercollegiate Greek fraternity. The fraternity has over 290,000 members and has been open to men of all races since 1945. Currently, there are more than 730 active chapters in the Americas, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and Asia. It is the largest predominantly African-American intercollegiate fraternity and one of the ten largest intercollegiate fraternities in the nation.

The National Society of Leadership and Success

The NSLS is the nation's largest leadership honor society.  Students are selected by their college for membership based on either academic standing or leadership potential.  Candidacy is a nationally recognized achievement of honorable distinction.  With 716 chapters, the NSLS currently has 1,216,237 members nationwide. 

National Society of Black Engineers

NSBE is one of the largest student-run organizations in the United States, with core activities centered on improving the recruitment and retention of Black and other minority engineers, in both academia and industry. NSBE is an organization that provides opportunities for personal and professional success, and remains unmatched by any other organization to date. NSBE has more than 30,000 members worldwide, with 2,000 elected leadership positions, 18 regional conferences, an annual international conference, and an annual national convention. Since its inception over forty years ago, NSBE has grown to include approximately 310 collegiate student chapters, 99 pre-college programs, and 88 professional chapters with their 6,000 technical members.

Pi Sigma Epsilon

PSE is the only national co-ed professional fraternity in the fields of sales, marketing and management. With more than 50 chapters, their mission is to develop the sales and marketing skills of its members through lifelong opportunities.

Alpha Kappa Psi

Alpha Kappa Psi is the world’s oldest and largest professional fraternity, with a network spanning across the globe consisting of all fields and backgrounds. Their main purpose is to provide their members with professional guidance during their college career to ensure that after graduating, they will have both the professional skills that resonate with whatever industry they join and a vast network of lifelong friends to turn to.

Alpha Phi Omega

Alpha Phi Omega is the single most represented co-educational intercollegiate service organization in the United States.  Since 1925, more than 500,000 members on over 375 campuses, continue to provide more service on more campuses than any other collegiate service organization. Their vision is to be the premier, inclusive, campus-based, leadership development organization through the provision of service to others and the creation of community.

Alpha Kappa Alpha

The sorority had humble beginnings at Howard University in 1908. Now, they are a group of over 300,000 college-trained members “bound by the bonds of sisterhood and empowered by a commitment to servant leadership that is both domestic and international in its scope.”

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