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Asked by Eric on August 1, 2015

What careers could I get into that promote racial justice and decrease racial inequality?

Answered by Cassandra, Hiring Expert at Verizon, on August 4, 2015

You've posed an interesting question. What are you interested in doing specifically related to social justice? There are many organizations that focus on these issues and you'll need to determine what areas of social justice appeal to you most. The field is broad, as an example you could focus on civil, immigration, criminal justice, disability, gender, elder and child rights just to name a few areas. First, do some research and determine where your passion rests and then I suggest you think about the type of role you'd like working for an organization in this area.
As you are aware organizations have various roles, is your focus solely on working in that field doing any role or doing a specific role (e.g. program manager, administrative, advocate) utilizing the skills you've already obtained thus far in your career. If you go online you can do a search and get a comprehensive list of the social justice organizations and start connecting and networking with people to learn more about their work and let them know of your interest. I wish you all of the best as you move forward!

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Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on August 6, 2015

This is a challenging and worthwhile endeavor but will require a lot of dedication and will challenge a lot of your concepts and thinking.  You can start by looking at roles in community activism, social work, and public policy.  I would also suggest contacting the NAACP or ACLU organizations.  You can also look to get involved with Project Innocence or look to your local community to see if there is an religious or secular organization that is involved in this kind of work.

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Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on August 19, 2015

A great question, and one that has received some solid answers from the previous responders.  I agree completely that there are advocacy groups, community organizations, both public and private foundations and a wide variety of online and person to person groups with the important and impactful goal of fighting racial inequality.  A role with one of these organizations would potentially be just what you're looking for.  I might also take another point of view and suggest that there is some great work to be done in these areas from within businesses that find their roots in other industries.  Within my own organization and many others there are Employee Resource Groups, Diversity and Inclusion teams and a variety of positions specifically focused on seeking out, implementing and encouraging a diverse workforce. 

I offer you my best wishes in your pursuit of the right job for you and I encourage you to consider the possibility of where you could be an incredible asset in an unexpected place.

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