On March, 24, UCF Career Services in partnership with LGBTQ+ Services hosted a panel of seven employers in the LGBTQ+ community to share their individual and professional experiences about how it is in the workplace.

The panelists included Lockheed Martin, NASA, SunTrust, Wyndham, Equality Florida, MBA Orlando and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Students were able to network with the panelists and gain valuable insights on beginning their careers in the near future.

Employers spoke on various topics of acceptance and diversity in the workplace and how employers look for hard workers and top talent regardless of their background.

Panelist Gina Duncan, from Equality Florida, discussed the growing acceptance of transitioning in the workplace for anyone who identifies as transgender saying, “Seventy-five percent of employers in the State of Florida are absolutely on board with employees transitioning on the job.”

UCF president’s Goal 4: Become more inclusive and diverse. Career Services is an office in the Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services. For more information on LGBTQ+ Services, visit: sja.sdes.ucf.edu/lgbtq. For more information on Career Services, visit: career.ucf.edu.