LAWRENCE – Delta Epsilon Iota (DEI), a career-focused honor society at the University of Kansas, is hosting its annual professional clothing drive during the month of November to benefit KU students in need of professional attire.
All professional clothing donations will stock the Professional Clothing Closet, located in the University Career Center, 110 Burge Union. KU students are able to take clothing from the closet year-round at no cost for interviews, career fairs and other professional activities.
The closet was started in 2010, and it has been a big success on campus. Last year there were more than 500 acceptable donations received and over 450 items taken by KU students. In 2011-2012 DEI was awarded on-campus Service Program of the Year at the Jayhawk Choice Awards.
“Because of the wide success of the professional clothing closet, we are definitely in need of donations. We are happy to provide this service to students, but we can’t do it without the support of KU and the Lawrence community. We’re hoping that the drive this year is as successful as it has been in the past, because we want to help as many students as possible,” said Lauren O’Brien, vice president of DEI.
Items accepted as donations include:
- Full suits (jacket and pants and/or skirt)
- Contemporary suit jackets or blazers
- Shirts/blouses appropriate to wear underneath a suit coat
- Women’s dress slacks
- Skirts in darker colors (black, brown or dark gray)
- Closed-toe dress shoes
Donations can be dropped off during November at the following locations:
- University Career Center, 110 Burge Union
- Business Career Services Center, Summerfield Hall
- Journalism Career Center, 120 Stauffer-Flint Hall
- Engineering Career Center, 1001 Eaton Hall
- KU Edwards Campus
In addition, the University Career Center, 110 Burge Union, accepts donations year round.
All items received that are not accepted will be donated to local charities in Lawrence. Any monetary donations received from students in exchange for clothing will go to The Willow Domestic Violence Center.