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. Its purpose is to be a supportive element no matter what stage of your career, bridging the gap of support in the professional development, mentor access and leadership training 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): The CARL system is designed to help you access career-related links and resources useful for career exploration as well as graduate school, internship, and fellowship searches. A great feature of CARL is that users can build a bibliography of relevant links and receive the bibliography via email.
  • National Association of Black Social Workers: The National Association of Black Social Workers was and is a group founded in the midst of our struggles to be a self-determining people.  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 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 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.
  • The Black Perspective Online: The Black Perspective Online is dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion in America’s employment and education. It 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.  The careers and organizations listed on their site are dedicated to these ends.
  • 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 underserved urban communities. The National Urban League is dedicated to helping you find your next career! Start by creating your professional profile, apply for jobs, and create your personalized Job Alert.

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. Chapters give members a base from which to be involved in politics, to visit schools and reach out to children, to conduct community and civic forums and to responsibly practice in our professional capacities.
  • 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): As a nonprofit membership association, 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.
  • National Black MBA Association, Inc.: The National Black MBA Association leads in the creation of educational opportunities and economic growth for Black professionals.
    It is committed to making an impactful and sustainable difference in the communities in which we work and serve through innovative programs that stimulate intellectual and economic growth, partnerships with key stakeholders who help facilitate this growth, and increased awareness and access to graduate management programs and career opportunities in management fields.

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. NBNA is committed to excellence in education and conducts continuing education programs for nurses and allied health professionals throughout the year. The association provides annual scholarships for students.
  • 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 the needs of and 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. The association carries out this mission 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’s mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.” 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 work 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! General body meetings are every Monday at 7pm in GFS 116.

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. BIG’s goals are to promote EQUITY in all aspects of American life, EXCELLENCE in public service, and OPPORTUNITY for all Americans.

Law Enforcement Organizations

  • National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ): The National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice seeks to focus attention on relevant legislation, law enforcement, prosecution, and defense-related needs and practices, with emphasis on law enforcement, courts, corrections, and the prevention of crime. Among its chief concerns is the general welfare of and to increase influence of African Americans and people of color as it relates to the administration of justice. NABCJ is designed to serve the needs of African Americans and people of color at all levels, including nonprofessionals, paraprofessionals, and professionals.
  • The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE): NOBLE’s mission is to ensure equity in the administration of justice in the provision of public service to all communities, and to serve as the conscience of law enforcement by being committed to justice by action. The goal of NOBLE is to be recognized as a highly competent, public service organization that is at the forefront of providing solutions to law enforcement issues and concerns, as well as to the ever-changing needs of our communities.

Legal Organizations

  • National Bar Association (NBA): The National Bar Association was founded in 1925 and 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. The NBA is organized around 23 substantive law sections, 9 divisions, 12 regions and 80 affiliate chapters throughout the United States and around the world.
  • 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.
  • The National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA): The National Black Prosecutors Association is the only professional membership organization dedicated to the advancement of Blacks as prosecutors. Founded in 1983, the association’s membership is comprised of both chief and line prosecutors nationwide. In addition to prosecutors, 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.