African American/Black

Affinity Resources and Community Organizations

  • Black Career Women’s Network (BCWN): BCWN is a national organization dedicated to fostering the professional development of African-American women by providing career tools, resources, and a strong network to help you strategically manage your career, navigate the workplace, and thrive professionally.
  • Career Access Resource Library (CARL): CARL is designed to help you access career-related links and resources useful for career exploration as well as graduate school, internship, jobs and fellowship searches. A great feature of CARL is that users can build a curated list of resources relevant to the African-American/Black community.
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP): The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
  • National Association of Black Social Workers: The National Association of Black Social Workers advocates for social change, justice, and human development of African people here in the United States and throughout the world. It advocates for social change, justice and human development of African people here in the United States and throughout the world.  Their affiliate chapters reflect seasoned practitioners and students of African ancestry who continue the struggle for justice and freedom.
  • National Council of Negro Women (NCNW): NCNW promotes education with a special focus on science, technology, engineering, and math; encourages entrepreneurship, financial literacy and economic stability; educates women about good health and HIV/AIDS; promotes civic engagement and advocates for sound public policy consistent with traditional values.
  • National Urban League Jobs Network: The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically under-served urban communities. They connect job seekers with employers who understand their mission and the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
  • The Black Perspective Online: The Black Perspective Online aims to spread awareness of issues and opportunities concerning the African-American community through news and by connecting them with employers who foster affirmative action and equal opportunity as part of their corporate policies.

Architecture / Design Organizations

  • National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA): The National Organization of Minority Architects’ mission is to champion diversity within the design professions by promoting the excellence, community engagement, and professional development of its members.
  • Organization of Black Designers (OBD): OBD is a national professional organization of interior, industrial, architectural, fashion and graphic designers dedicated to promoting the visibility, empowerment, education and interaction of its membership and the understanding and value that diverse design perspectives contribute to world culture and commerce.

Broadcast / Film Organizations

  • National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB): NABOB is the first and only trade organization representing the interests of African-American owners of radio and television stations across the country. The association was organized in 1976 by a small group of African-American broadcasters who desired to establish a voice and a viable presence in the industry and to address specific concerns facing African-American broadcasters.

Business Organizations

  • National Association of Black Accountants (NABA): The National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. is dedicated to bridging the opportunity gap for black accounting and finance professionals by providing leadership and technical training, as well as networking and career opportunities.
    • USC’s Chapter of NABA: USC has an official chapter of NABA for students to join who are passionate about accounting. The mission of NABA, Inc. is to address the professional needs of its members and to build leaders that shape the future of the accounting and finance profession with an unfaltering commitment to inspire the same in their successors.
  • National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR): The National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR), is an inspirational and unique career development and networking powerhouse for Black and African American human resources practitioners and those who are aligned with our goals to provide: Networking, Career Opportunities, Educational and Professional Development, Mentorship and Coaching and Tools, Tips and Resources.
  • National Black MBA Association, Inc. (NBMBAA): The mission of the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) is to lead in the creation of educational, wealth building, and growth opportunities for those historically underrepresented throughout their careers as students, entrepreneurs and professionals.

Health / Medical / Engineering Organizations

  • National Black Nurses Association (NBNA): NBNA’s mission is to provide a forum for collective action by African American nurses to represent and provide a forum for black nurses to advocate for and implement strategies to ensure access to the highest quality of healthcare for persons of color.
  • National Dental Association: The National Dental Association promotes oral health equity among people of color by harnessing the collective power of its members, advocating for their needs, mentoring dental students of color, and raising the profile of the profession in our communities.
  • National Medical Association (NMA): The NMA promotes the collective interests of physicians and patients of African descent by serving as the collective voice of physicians of African descent and a leading force for parity in medicine, elimination of health disparities and promotion of optimal health.
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE): NSBE supports and promotes the aspirations of collegiate and pre-collegiate students and technical professionals in engineering and technology. NSBE offers its members leadership training, professional development activities, mentoring, career placement services, community service opportunities and more.
    • USC’s Chapter of NSBE: As an official member organization of the Center for Engineering Diversity (CED), USC’s chapter of NSBE works closely with SHPE, SWE, MEGA, and QuEST to foster unity within the engineering community. When they are not focusing on academics, they also like to host social events, such as skate & game nights, tailgates, and much more!

Government Organizations

  • Blacks in Government (BIG): BIG has been a national response to the need for African Americans in public service to organize around issues of mutual concern and use their collective strength to confront workplace and community issues.

Law Enforcement Organizations

Legal Organizations

  • National Bar Association (NBA): The National Bar Association is the nation’s oldest and largest national network of predominantly African-American attorneys and judges. It represents the interests of approximately 65,000 lawyers, judges, law professors, and law students.
  • National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA): NBPA’s membership includes law students, former prosecutors, and law enforcement personnel. The NBPA is emerging as the international association of Black law enforcement professionals with a reputation for providing education and leadership in the legal profession through its intensive training sessions and multi-disciplined networking.
  • National Conference of Black Lawyers: The National Conference of Black Lawyers’ mission is to serve as the legal arm of the movement for Black Liberation, to protect human rights, to achieve self-determination of Africa and African Communities in the Diaspora and to work in coalition to assist in ending oppression of all peoples.