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Career Development Center

ADVANCE Diversity Program

ADVANCE is a minority professional development organization founded by African American students in 1986, in response to the express need of minority students to enhance their career awareness and preparation for career success. ADVANCE was inspired by the objectives of the Corporate Orientation Program (CORP), which then operated under the Council on Career Development Minorities, Inc. Terry Davis; Former Assistant Director of  the Career Development Center, along with four students formed ADVANCE. Over the years ADVANCE has remained a unique program among colleges and universities, receiving the distinguished Chevron Award from the National Association of Colleges and Employers for its outstanding programs.

Under the auspices of the Career Development Center at The University of Cincinnati, the ADVANCE student organization fosters professional development through the application of career development theory related to personal awareness, career exploration, experiential learning, and leadership development. ADVANCE is unique in that all its participants are considered “employees” and hold specific positions that correspond to their major, within the organization. Through this experience, “employees” gain an enhanced understanding of the organizational dynamics, essential to their career awareness. ADVANCE members explore important issues ranging from securing internships, jobs, and fulltime employment to better understand corporate culture during in-service training sessions. 

“The Mark of a Leader”

Mission Statement: Empowering students to reach the highest levels of self-realization through a diverse, professional experience.

Values: Professionalism, Commitment, Passion, Teamwork, ADVANCEment, Diversity, and Leadership


Our vision is to become leaders of tomorrow through:

1.      Professional Development

·         Networking

·         Work experience

·         Corporate Exposure

·         Resume Writing

·         Mock Interviews

2.      Development of interpersonal skills

3.      Assistance with career development


You can help us reach our annual goals by supporting ADVANCE initiatives with your Time, Talents, and Treasures.

            Time: Serve on the ADVANCE Corporate Advisory Board

            Talents: Conduct a professional Development Workshop

Treasures: Host a Corporate Excursion at your own out-of-town Headquarters and Sponsor the Annual Networking Reception.


For over 25 years, ADVANCE has been successfully securing funding for its outstanding programs:

·         Annual Networking  Reception

·         Annual Spring Banquet

·         Annual Corporate Excursion

·         Multicultural Bash

·         Resume Workshops

·         Mock interviews

·         Employer Panel Discussions

·         Business Etiquette Workshops

For more information contact:
Arthur Walton, ADVANCE
Advisor at 513-556-0316 or or