The Hofstra University Career Center is hosting its first professional clothing drive to support students looking for attire for interviews, internships, career fairs, and the workplace.
Hofstra is the first university on Long Island and one of the few in New York State to host a professional clothing drive for students. The Career Center put out a call for donations from faculty, staff and alumni for jackets and blazers, dress pants, skirts, button-down shirts, dresses, blouses, sweaters, ties, belts, jewelry, handbags, and padfolios/briefcases.
“Our mission is to provide equal opportunities for all students,” said Sabeen Sheikh, assistant director of Outreach and Special Programs at the Hofstra Career Center. “We stress the importance of internships and jobs, so we want to be able to accommodate students and help them to be ready.”
All donations should be dropped off to the Career Center on South Campus by Friday, February 15. Then, on February 27, students are invited to browse donated clothing at the first annual “Career Closet.” S
“This is a cool opportunity for students,” said community health major Abby Briggs ’22. “Interviews are stressful enough, so it’s nice to not have to worry about what you’re going to wear or where you’re going to get it.”
The “Career Closet” is open to students belonging to all years and majors. The event is co-sponsored by the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement‘s “How to Adult” series; the Division of Student Affairs; Green Key Resources; David Lerner Associates, Inc.; Chernoff Diamond; Burner Law Group, P.C.; and Lessing’s Hospitality Group. Additionally, Max Mara will donate 18 boxes of professional attire for the drive.