Career Diversity Workshop

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Explore Diverse Future Careers

HWW’s Career Diversity Summer workshop is a 2-week, immersive career diversity experience for 20 PhD students in the humanities. The workshop provides tools, values exercises, and space for individuals to imagine their professional futures.

Network with Fellows 2023 Call for Applications

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Overview and Goals

2023 Workshop Details

Host Institution

  • In summer 2023, the University of Minnesota's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will host HWW’s annual Career Diversity Summer Workshop for doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Minneapolis, Minnesota will serve as the primary location for workshop activities.

Redistribution and Reciprocity

The very concept of “humanities without walls” means acknowledging how and why impediments to social and racial justice structure all aspects of higher education, including career diversity practices. At HWW we work to recognize and to challenge assumptions about what “professionalism” looks like and how histories of implicit bias shape work cultures within and outside academia.

HWW’s commitment to the values of reciprocity and redistribution means that partner institutions have opportunities to tailor career diversity to their local institutional culture and to design experiences for PhD students in the humanities and arts that prioritize partnership, collaboration, and student-centered pathways both into and out of higher education.

What to Expect

Career Values Discernment

We have learned that centering the needs of each fellow results in empowered PhD professionals ready to tackle the world which awaits them post-degree. Our sessions intentionally layer foundations for the fellows as they do the real-time work of discerning personal career values, building community within the fellowship cohort, and researching potential career paths. 

Cohort Style Model

The HWW Career Diversity Summer Workshop utilizes a cohort-based approach to assisting humanities PhD students with the development of their careers. Our principles emphasize student agency while giving attendees space to reflect on their values.

Session Format

Through a series of workshop sessions, talks, informational interviews, and site visits, participants will learn how to imagine possible futures and leverage their skills and humanities training towards careers in the private sector, the nonprofit world, arts administration, government, public media, and many other fields. 

Call for Applications

Are you a PhD student in the humanistic and social sciences? Apply for the 2023 Career Diversity Summer Workshop, facilitated by the University of Minnesota. Application details will be available in August 2022. Contact HWW-info@illinois.edu with questions.

2023 Call for Applications

Information Session

HWW Summer Career Diversity Workshop Alumni Panel and Information Session (August 27, 2020)