A growing number of business schools around the United States have shown their support for and solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement — including many of the Consortium member schools.
Students around the country are gathering in massive group photos, many of which feature faculty and administrators from the business school.
“I almost cried at work looking at my #emoryfam in this picture,” wrote one Instagram user who reposted a photo from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. “Unapologetically supporting and recognizing that #blacklivesmatter.”
Another, Rozy Amponsah, from Cornell University, commented on the photo: “I am SO PROUD to have initiated the conversation that resulted in this powerful action from my #cornellmba & #cornelllaw community.”
“From faculty to staff #ODI to our dean, to the chief of police @Cornell & her staff,” she wrote, “thank you for standing in solidarity & understanding the value an ally plays in resolving our systemic racial issues.”
The outpouring of images and support for the movement has come in response to the series of police-involved shootings that have resulted in the deaths of black men and women — in particular, recent shootings in Tulsa and Charlotte.
“I am honored to be a part of the Ross community,” Marissa Smith, president of the Ross Black Business Student Association said in an article for Clear Admit. “Because it’s clear after the turnout for today’s event that this is a community committed to driving the dialogue required to generate impactful change in our society.”
Michigan Ross Dean Scott DeRue also spoke at the photo event and rally: “We are deeply committed to developing a community that celebrates inclusion, diversity and empowerment—and we will not shy away from the difficult conversations that are necessary to get us there. I look forward to engaging in the conversation, listening to a wide range of views, and discussing ideas about how to move the school and our community forward.”
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