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The Diversity Professional Leadership Network (DPLN)


The Career Center developed the  Diversity Professional Leadership Network (DPLN) to help underrepresented students increase their knowledge of careers and enhance their career skills. Through the program, students learn more about being a professional and business etiquette, get an inside view of a specific industry, and learn how to successfully transition from school to the world of work.




DPLN is a competitive program that requires students to undergo an application process including an interview, references, career interests, and academic performance. Through program workshops, one-on-one counseling sessions, and networking opportunities, students increase their soft skills and ability to network in a business setting, and are better prepared for full-time jobs/internships.     

In addition to the professional and career development, each student is matched with a professional as part of a mentoring program. The students receive exposure to professional environments to improve their networking/communication skills.  To apply, contact Jia Wei Cao or  Kimberly Joy Dixon.




Exclusive programming provided to DPLN students:

  • How to Network Workshop, access to alumni of color, and participation in Mock Interview Day
  • Leadership development workshops
  • Effective communication workshops
  • Special internship preparation: resume/cover letter review, mock interviews, MBTI workshop
  • Job Shadow Week with a Professional Buddy
  • One-to-one ongoing coaching with DPLN program coordinaton

Job Search and Networking Resources:

DPLN Year in Review 2018-19-1     DPLN Year in Review 2018-19-2

DPLN Success Stories






  • Maleeka Chin
      Maleeka Chin
    Company: Travelers Major: Health Science, Concentration in Healthcare Management Graduation Date May 2017
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  • David Coronel
    David Coronel
    Company: Travelers Majors: Business and Political Science Graduation Date May 2018
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  • Teddy Boateng
    Teddy Boateng
    Company: Broadridge Financial Solutions Major: Technological Systems Management Graduation Date May 2019
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  • Jonathan Cruzate
    Jonathan Cruzate
    Company: Canon USA Major: Technological Systems Management Graduation Date May 2019
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  • Nickeisha Gaynor
    Nickeisha Gaynor
    Company: Target Major: Business Management Graduation Date May 2019
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