ANY of those designations can work against a freelancer.
The problem here is that Upwork believes it is creating a community of inclusiveness, when in fact, these certifications do the complete opposite.
If there was no underprivileged/underrepresented groups certification, would you even know who was a minority? A lesbian? A veteran? Who has a disability? No, you would not. Inclusivity is the removal of barriers that divide people into groups.
As Amanda pointed out, these certifications are based on and defined by US legislation and governed by the Small Business Administration. The SBA has designated recognized certifying authorities, such as the NGLCC.
This is not about freelancers. This is not about virtue signaling. This is, as stated by Upwork, about helping Enterprise and Business clients who have diversity and inclusion goals and set-asides fulfill those goals and spend that money. Clients spending more money on Upwork is good for all of us.
Since the enabling legislation is based on inequities within the US, chances are US citizenship or employable residence is a requirement for being counted for the goals and set-asides.
Thanks for your question. We added a new section in your profile called “Diversity Certification” where you can add your information. Once you add the details, the badge will automatically appear.
It doesn't take me back to the job search area. It takes me to the login and basically kicks me out of the system. Every other attempt just recycles me back to the community area with no way to go back to the job search dashboard.
There needs to be an easy (and intuitive) way for a freelancer to go back to the job search area - this is where we spend the bulk of our time.