Baylor University's Office of Career and Professional Development launched its new Career Closet Thursday.
The Career Closet provides students, who may not have enough money, with free business and professional attire. The closet is filled with new clothing and was given to the university by donations from JC Penny and others.
"A lot of times people assume that at a school like Baylor there are lots of rich students who don’t need any funds, but we have a lot of students who are on financial aid,” Marjorie Ellis, the Career and Professional Development Executive Director, explained. “Many of them are first generation students, and they come to campus with what they have. Sometimes that does not include a professional interview suit. They just wear what they wear every day to class.”
The closet was gifted to Baylor by The Home Depot. When the project was discussed at the corporate level, an employee recalled getting his first suit from a career center as a student and wanting to give back.