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August 2013

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GMAC Welcomes the Newest Members of the Diversity Advisory Group

Group charged with addressing diversity challenges and offering best practices, guidance

For more than three decades, the Graduate Management Admission Council has been actively engaged in increasing diversity in management classrooms. One initiative launched in the last decade was the Diversity Advisory Group (DAG) - a committee of school professionals who served in “diversity” related roles at their respective institutions.

GMAC is committed to diversity initiatives that enhance the graduate management education experience for both schools and students - and build the student pipeline. In July of this year GMAC welcomed the newest members of the DAG and charged them with advising GMAC on challenges and issues business schools face in the diversity space, and developing recommendations for addressing these challenges and issues. The DAG is also responsible for assisting GMAC in determining best practices and creating tools and resources for increasing the pipeline and enhancing the recruitment and retention of diverse groups, especially African American, Native American, and Hispanic students.

The 2013-14 Diversity Advisory Group

 Diversity Advisory Group Photo

From left to right:

  • Joanna Graham, Director, Field Marketing, GMAC
  • Steven Denson, Director of Diversity, Southern Methodist University
  • Deborah Bibb, Senior Director of Admissions, Case Western Reserve University
  • Kellie Sauls, University of Virginia
  • Shandra Jones, Associate Director, MBA, University of North Carolina
  • Eric Abrams, Diversity Director, University of California - Berkeley
  • Tiffany Nelson, Associate Director, Graduate Recruiting, Georgia State University
  • Nsombi Ricketts, Senior Diversity Director, Cornell University
  • Angela Edwards-Campbell, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Northwestern University
  • Sabrina White, Vice President, Americas, GMAC
  • Charles Enriquez, Assistant Director, Undergrad, University of Texas - Austin

Accomplishments of the 2011-12 Diversity Advisory Group

In welcoming the 2013-14 DAG, GMAC extends a "thank you and farewell" to departing members. Between recruiting fairs, application reviews, candidate interviews, and other activities that consume the life of an admission and diversity professional, this group made significant contributions to enhancing the diversity space, including:

The Undergraduate Ambassador Program: A pilot program designed to use current undergraduate students to promote GM and GMAT awareness on their campuses, DAG members brainstormed the idea and assisted in developing a plan of operation. UVA and Clark-Atlanta were two of the four campuses chosen for the Undergraduate Ambassador Program (UAP) pilot, and DAG representatives from these campuses ensured that the program flourished by facilitating logistical arrangements, program promotion, talent identification, and ambassador coaching.

Many Voices, One Vision Blog: After much discussion on ways to impact the diversity pipeline, while simultaneously equipping school professionals with information on best practices, the DAG decided to leverage social media and launch a monthly diversity blog to spark awareness and much needed conversations. Many Voices, One Vision covers topics - from leveraging Historically Black Colleges and Universities in diversity recruitment to best practices in attracting Hispanic candidates.

Diversity Track at GMAC's Annual Conference: GMAC challenged the DAG to assist in identifying concurrent session topics for the 2012 Annual Conference. The group did not disappoint and aided in creating and presenting US Diversity by the Numbers (one of the highest rated based on conference evaluations); Success Stories in Diversity Recruitment; and, Reaching the Next Generation of Minority Talent.

Strategic Plan for Diversity Recruiting: GMAC also conveyed a desire for the DAG to create a strategic plan for diversity recruitment that could be executed on most campuses. The group, recognizing that a one-size-fits-all model would likely be ineffective, updated the Diversity Resource Guide and is a great starting point for any diversity officer or admission professional tasked with diversity recruiting. 

Thank you 2011-12 DAG!

Lorri Saddler-Rice, Clark Atlanta University
Michael Robinson, Columbia University
Nsombi Ricketts, Cornell
Kellie Sauls, UVA- Darden
Willie Green, Duke
Angela Williams, Harvard
Bridget Neconie, University of California- Berkeley
Kecia Hansard, University of Maryland
Rodrigo Malta, University of Texas-Austin
Consuela Knox, Vanderbilt

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