If you go

What: GLBTQ and Allies Networking Event

When: 5 p.m. Thursday

Where: C4C, Abrams Lounge, University of Colorado-Boulder

More info: http://bit.ly/W7NBp5

T he University of Colorado's Career Services has always offered individual advising and campus-wide networking events, but over the past five years, the office has expanded their niche events to address more specific student groups and industries.

Lisa Severy, director of Career Services, said the office began by offering mostly campus-wide events like career fairs, but in recent years they've begun focusing on pairing communities of students with like-minded businesses.

The office hosted the campus's first networking night for student veterans on Monday and is hosting a similar event Thursday night geared toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

Scarlet Bowen, director of CU's GLBTQ Resource Center, said an LGBT career conference and resume workshop were well attended by students last year.

"These events provide a certain comfort level for students, especially when there's a history of discrimination," Bowen said. "Having focused events like this provides a measure of safety and support that helps them network more comfortably with the employers and with each other."

Bowen said the events also help give students advice about when and how to address their community involvement on resumes or find companies that are looking to diversify their staffs.

Career Services has also hosted events with the Women's Resource Center, Women in Engineering and students with disabilities and others centered around specific industries, Severy said.

"They are different from fairs in that they are much smaller and both employers and students mingle rather than the employers setting up booths," Severy said.

The employers featured at these workshops are often looking to showcase their support for diversity in the workplace and try to cater to the featured community, Severy said.

"At a GLBTQ group, they may share information about domestic partner benefits or mentoring programs with current employees," Severy said. "Other companies target particular populations. For example, companies that require security clearances may be especially drawn to veterans, many of whom already have those clearances in hand."