BeVisible Partners with UC Berkeley Chicano Latino Alumni Association to Meet Key Challenge in Building Latinx Talent Pipeline: Career Networks for Latinx
BERKELEY, CA – August 22, 2017 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – BeVisible, the career social network for Latinx, has partnered with the UC Berkeley Chicano Latino Alumni Association (CLAA) to build a Latinx network for UC Berkeley alumni and current students. BeVisible already has more than 100 members on its site who are affiliated with the world’s top public university. The partnership seeks to:
— Connect UC Berkeley’s Latinx student body and alumni with each other; and
— Collaborate on job placements and events to better integrate Latinx into the innovation economy.
“CLAA is a perfect partnership for our BeVisible community. Our BeVisible members who are UC Berkeley alums and current students share our commitment to bring more visibility and opportunity to underrepresented communities. They represent the talent that the innovation economy needs and that the companies we work with are searching for. They are needed in the Bay Area and beyond,’’ says BeVisible Co-founder Andrea Guendelman.
Networking has helped more than 85% of people find their current job. However, too many young Latinx do not enjoy these same networking benefits and opportunities. Latinx alumni associations are a crucial foundation to build Latinx professional networks.
“UC Berkeley Chicanx Latinx alumni are in leadership positions. We want to connect these leaders to current Latinx UC Berkeley students and the greater Latinx community. We know that alumni networks are a go-to resource for people seeking professional advice and job placement. At the same time, we will enhance the Cal alumni experience,” comments Andrea.
UC Berkeley has more than 25,000 self-identified Latinx alum and current students. CLAA strives to build a family of Chicanx/Latinx alumni throughout California and the world. CLAA’s goal is to create a community that works together to support the continuing education and professional growth of Chicanx/Latinx students and alumni.
CLAA President Rene Licon states the partnership “is important to help our Chicanx Latinx Alumni Association galvanize our cultural capital and networks. Educated Chicanx Latinx want to reach back to the current undergraduate and graduate students completing their studies. We want to share our knowledge and wisdom so they don’t make the same mistakes we did. We want to help them realize their dream of graduating from the number one public institution in the world. Our partnership with BeVisible as a platform will help us grow our network of UC Berkeley Chicanx/Latinx alumni and students.”
About UC Berkeley Chicano/Latino Alumni Association (CLAA)
Established in 1984, CLAA became an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2015. CLAA strives to create an expanding network of Cal Chicanx Latinx alumni throughout the state, including international contacts, who are committed to maintaining ties with the larger Cal community as well as provide valuable support to Cal’s efforts in recruiting and graduating Chicanx Latinx students. One of CLAA’s main objectives is to raise funds for student scholarships and programming. For more information, visit our Facebook at www.facebook/com/UCBCLAA or our website at www.ucbCLAA.org.
BeVisible is the peer-to-peer career community for Latinx. BeVisible currently has more than 10,000 members with communities in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, and New York. BeVisible has attracted the attention of early adopters and the recruitment efforts of major companies, particularly in the tech sector. BeVisible fills a void that established career platforms have not—authentic Latinx participation. Latinx have the lowest participation rate on LinkedIn of any minority demographic (18% vs. 28% for African Americans) and are hungry for BeVisible, a platform built by and for them.
BeVisible has been profiled by Forbes, Latina Magazine, Elle, MSNBC, Latina Magazine, and Vibe.