Today, we launch a yearlong campaign to highlight Consortium alumni and current students who are “living the mission” of The Consortium through their activities, campaigns and personal contributions. We’ll post and share those on social media using the hashtag #CGSMLivingTheMission—and we encourage you to do the same.
These stories should also serve as examples for Consortium prospects, furthering their understanding of what we’re seeking in our members.
Examples aren’t tough to find, particularly from Consortium members attending member schools right now. They range from CGSM volunteers teaching career and financial principles to elementary school students; to a panel discussion about the “Black Lives Matter” movement; to service on the board for a community nonprofit; to fundraising campaigns for community organizations.
And while we’re calling it a yearlong campaign (it is, after all, our Golden Anniversary year), we’ll likely continue beyond 2016. It’s important to recognize the work in the community that supports the Consortium mission to “enhance diversity in business education and leadership.”
Do you have an example of how you or a Consortium colleague is “living the mission”? This message is for alumni, current students, school representatives and corporate partners: We want to see your examples. Please send text, photos or videos to firstname.lastname@example.org or use the hashtag #CGSMLivingTheMission when you share on Twitter or Instagram.
Cultural and Historical Programming
The CGSM class at the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester collaborated with the university’s chapter of the National Black MBA Association to host the school’s second annual Black History Month programming in February, featuring guest speakers, African drumming, spoken word poetry and a spiritual performance.
Meanwhile, at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, Consortium students worked with collaborating organizations on a panel discussion entitled “Black Lives Matter vs. All Lives Matter: What’s the Big Deal?”
Chiefly organized by Consortium member Patricia Martin (Darden ’16), panelists included a Darden professor; a community organizer and Rhodes Scholar finalist; and the Charlottesville city manager. The panel took questions from a diverse audience consisting of first- and second-year students from all backgrounds, faculty, administration, and staff.
Tutoring and Mentoring
Consortium students from the School of Management at Yale University supported the Urban Improvement Corp undergraduate program. Led by undergraduates, UIC members tutor middle- and high-school students and interact directly with parents to ensure students and families are fully invested in the program. Consortium members serve as mentors and tutors to support the program.
And at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, volunteers from the Consortium community participated in a Junior Achievement job shadow program designed to encourage diverse, local high school students to develop assertive career goals and consider higher education.
“USC Marshall MBA candidates invite students from two local high schools to USC Marshall case rooms to learn about USC and potential career paths,” said the school’s description of the program. “Marshall MBA Candidates share their professional experiences with the high school students and field inquiries intended to guide local students through the college institution and program of study selection process.”
Simon’s Eyasu Jibitu (’17) spoke to the young men from a program called Leadership Academy (ninth through 12th grade) through UR BOLD (Building Outstanding Leadership & Distinction) about the importance of professionalism inside and outside of the classroom. “I shared some of my personal experiences and tried to help them understand how to be successful in school and in the workplace environment,” he said.
Many of our member schools participate in or organize “diversity week” programming. At Darden, Consortium liaisons Ngozi Ofoche (‘16) and Alex Haddock (‘16) focused on spreading awareness of The Consortium as well as other diversity issues that affect the Darden community and the corporate world.
The October event included programming by CGSM’s Tim Brookins (’17) on the “Education Inequality and the STEM Pipeline” panel with a representative from Hewlett-Packard (a CGSM partner) and an educator from the Richmond Public School system. Brookins addressed his experiences at a black student of engineering and his time working in the field before starting his MBA program.
Share Examples at #CGSMLivingTheMission
We want to hear more examples. Please tag us on social media and use the hashtag #CGSMLivingTheMission when you have examples of our community members “living the mission” of The Consortium.