Careers in Ethnic Studies Gain Prominence as School Integration Challenged

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With recent Supreme Court challenges to school integration and campaigns to end affirmative action heating up in several states, employers and governmental agencies are requiring more Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action (EO/AA) specialists to address cultural diversity concerns. A recent article on offers information and advice on EO/AA careers for graduates of liberal arts and ethnic study programs. also offers current news and information on career development, education, and training for a variety of careers.

With affirmative action and school integration policies being challenged in the Supreme Court and throughout the country, careers in ethnic studies and liberal arts are more pertinent than ever. Despite the University of Michigan's compliance with a voter-approved ban on affirmative action, the school has stated that it will use other criteria to achieve diversity, suggesting a need for Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action (EO/AA) specialists. Liberal arts students and professionals will find information on ethnic, cultural, and liberal art studies, along with hundreds of other careers, on, an online resource for career education and training.

In the article "Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Specialists Champion Cultural Diversity," columnist Karen Lawson details career paths that offer liberal arts and ethnic study graduates suggestions for exciting new ways to capitalize on their education (

Lawson writes, "If you're interested in a career that will put your liberal arts background to good use, consider an EO/AA position. This type of work requires a broad understanding of humanities, human behavior and psychology, and multicultural or ethnic studies." columnist Anne Fisher believes liberal arts graduates have valuable and marketable skills. She writes, "A liberal arts degree, plus good communications and computer skills, signal to recruiters that you'll be adaptable to a wide range of jobs."

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a higher than average growth rate for EE/AA specialists through 2014. The BLS also reports, "Legislation and court rulings setting standards in various areas--occupational safety and health, equal employment opportunity, wages, health care, pensions, and family leave, among others--will increase demand for human resources, training, and labor relations experts." ( lists many schools dedicated to career education and training. Students and professionals can easily find the schools, colleges, professional training programs, and career development resources necessary for their career and personal fulfillment.


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