Faculty, staff encouraged to help stock professional clothing closet for students

Delta Epsilon Iota, a career-focused honor society, is holding a clothing drive during October and encouraging faculty and staff to help stock a professional clothing closet for KU students.

The professional clothing closet will provide students with free, gently used clothes that can be worn to job interviews and career fairs.

“First impressions are crucial when it comes to looking for a job,” said Nate Phillips, Delta Epsilon Iota president. “Many students don’t have extra money to spend on professional clothing, and we want to give them a way to look and feel confident.”

The clothing closet is seeking

• Full suits (coat and pants or skirt)

• Contemporary suit jackets or blazers

• Shirts/blouses appropriate to wear underneath a suit coat

• Dress slacks

• Skirts in darker colors such as black, brown or dark gray

• Ties

• New dress socks and nylons

• Briefcases

• Portfolios

Donations can be dropped off year-round at the University Career Center, 110 Burge Union, or during the month of October in designated bins at several locations on campus, including:

• Anschutz Library

• Business Career Services Center, 125 Summerfield Hall

• Anschutz Sports Pavilion, Room 2619

• Lewis Hall

• Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center

• Student Involvement and Leadership Center

• University Advising Center

Those making donations can request a receipt for tax purposes. Any unusable clothing will be donated to the local Goodwill.

The professional clothing closet will open to all KU students Feb. 1. It will be located at the University Career Center.

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