KU seeking donations of business attire to help students who are interviewing for jobs

With the beginning of the spring semester on Tuesday, many University of Kansas students are only months away from interviewing for their first full-time job. A KU service is asking the Lawrence community to help them dress the part.

The University Career Center is seeking donations of gently worn professional attire for its professional clothing closet, also known as the Professional House of Garments, or the PHOG, according to a KU news release. This month, the UCC is specifically trying to collect professional suits of all styles, colors and sizes.

The public may drop off clothing from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 206 Summerfield Hall. The career center collects donations year-round.

The professional clothing closet allows cash-strapped students free access to an inventory of suits, blazers, pants, skirts, button-down shirts and more.

“During the spring semester, our students are seeking a variety of professional experiences that require more formal business attire. Yet they do not have the financial resources to make these purchases,” David Gaston, of the UCC, said in the news release. “The clothing closet allows them to focus on preparing for interviews or networking events without worry about what they will wear.”

Students can visit the closet between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.


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