a photo of a member Krystal McCray-Brown standing on a large chair

For three years I have worked as a senior college recruiter at CGI with a specific focus on diversity, equity and inclusion within the college recruiting space. I’ve learned that when it comes to creating diverse and equitable workplaces in IT and business consulting, what really makes a difference is connecting people. When you create an opportunity for students to interact with tech professionals, you open doors that may otherwise remain closed.  

Through my work with the CGI Student Ambassador Program, for example, we are connecting with historically underrepresented student groups, especially those on Historically Black College or University campuses. The Student Ambassador Program has given CGI a more relatable voice for students and has made us the employer of choice for many of those we meet through this program.

Meeting an industry challenge

There is a nationwide shortage of qualified workers in STEM fields and only a third of professionals working in tech are women. An even greater challenge exists among other communities. Students from African American, Latino, American Indian and Alaska Native populations continue to be underrepresented in STEM fields. Closing this gap should be a priority for the entire IT industry. To me, this work is more important than ever.

Meanwhile, I’m doing what I can to make a difference. As part of our college recruiting initiatives with the Talent Acquisition team, I led the launch of CGI’s diversity open houses; these events give students an opportunity to interact with CGI professionals and discuss our corporate culture and the company’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Through another initiative in partnership with Virginia State University, I facilitated corporate sponsorships of HBCU recruiting events to give more visibility to employers in the state with diversity hiring commitments. This effort also aims to empower diverse student populations as they seek employment not just in our industry but in the workforce at large.

A professional mission, a personal passion

a photo of Krystal and another member at a booth at a talent network event

I’m a graduate of Hampton University, one of the nation’s top HBCUs, so this type of outreach is not just a professional responsibility, but a mission that is deeply personal. A commitment to workplace diversity drives me to find new and creative ways to connect with groups traditionally underrepresented in the IT industry. 

Outside of work, my passions are centered around my family. Whether helping coach my daughter’s softball team or weekly date nights with my husband, these are things that truly make me happy. I am also a girl who loves to travel with my group of friends, as often as we get a chance. If there’s a common thread through my personal and professional life, it’s my passion for connecting with people and the energy and sense of satisfaction I get in return.

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