COVID-19: How Will Historically Underrepresented Groups Fair in the Job Market?


  • Emmanuela P Stanislaus Florida International University, USA
  • Lynell Hodge University of Central Florida, USA
  • Amanda Wilkerson University of Central Florida, USA



COVID-19, underrepresented students, employment, social capital


The inability of college students to traditionally interact with post-secondary personnel might have unintended limitations on career readiness and post-graduation outcomes. Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) persists as a healthcare concern; however, it has and continues to impact various sectors. In higher education, the global pandemic has affected university operations from in-person to virtual based support. However, little is known about the unintended consequences of collegiate support services’ virtual operations, such as career services. This conceptual paper will objectively analyze the potential inequities of the COVID-19 pandemic on job prospects and social capital for students of color. Recommendations for the economic and social factors are discussed. In addition, this paper may contribute to disrupting the overlooked consequences of offering college services remotely.


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Author Biographies

Emmanuela P Stanislaus, Florida International University, USA

EMMANUELA P. STANISLAUS, PhD, is an associate director for the career and talent development department at Florida International University (FIU). She also is an adjunct professor in the FIU higher education administration master’s program. Her research centers on the experiences of Black college women, campus climate, first-generation students, and examining intersections of race, ethnicity, and gender.  Email:

Lynell Hodge, University of Central Florida, USA

LYNELL S. HODGE, EdD is a practitioner scholar with decades of professional and research experience. Dr. Hodge currently serves as the Assistant Director of Occupancy Management for Housing and Residence Life at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Her expertise includes vicarious/secondary trauma, social justice, and women’s equity.  She earned her Doctorate from the University of Central Florida in Higher Education and Policy Studies and Master’s from The Florida State University in Higher Education. Email:

Amanda Wilkerson, University of Central Florida, USA

AMANDA WILKERSON, EdD is Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Higher Education at University of Central Florida. Email: