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Posted 3.15.06

The Weatherhead School of Management recognizes the importance of diversity and the impact and value it brings during and beyond the learning experience at Case. The School has made a commitment to improve the recruitment of African American and Hispanic students to its graduate business programs. As a result of many discussions with some of Weatherhead's most committed and prominent alumni, and in meetings with corporate and civic leaders, a strategic plan was developed and the Black Legacy Alumni Committee was formed.

The first initiative was to host an event this spring for prospective African-American candidates. A high standard has been set for the caliber of students that are wanted. As a result, alumni and key corporate and community leaders were asked to identify, invite and accompany a prospective candidate to an invitation-only event that took place on March 6 at Dively. Twenty-eight prospective students were identified and 22 prospective students were able to attend the event.

The evening included networking with alumni and friends of the school, insight into the LEAD class experience by Professor Melvin Smith, and an overview of the MBA program. The student perspective was shared by first year MBA student and newly elected GBSA president, Lynnette Jackson and part-time MBA student, Larry Cook. Alumni guests included Diane McDaniels, Vice President of Human Resources for Cleveland MetroParks, Grady Burrows, IT Manager of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Mark Batson, Chief Operating Officer of NEON, Krista Hill, Manager of Performance Analysis of JoAnn-Stores, Greg Johnson, Chief Operating Officer of the Urban League, and Rodney Hairston, Business Development Director of Ajilon Solutions.

The evening demonstrated the power of collaboration and the commitment of Weatherhead alumni and friends of the school. The responses that have been received from prospective students are an indication of the energy and enthusiasm shared by all participants. It was an exciting outcome and Weatherhead looks forward to receiving candidates applications in the very near future.

This event is just the beginning of more initiatives like this one to recruit the best and brightest students to the Weatherhead School of Management.


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