BY KEVIN MOE
To help develop and deliver student programming focused on cultural competence, provide role models and mentors, and fundraise scholarship dollars for students of color, the Carlson School recently launched the Carlson Alumni Network for Diversity (AND).
“AND allows us to engage diverse alumni in ways that provide a ‘mirror’ for our prospective and current underrepresented students, giving them the opportunity to see people like themselves at this institution and in the business world,” says Brent Opall, director of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Education (MADE).
AND, which kicked off February 2012, is a database of alumni across degrees who share a common interest with moving diversity initiatives forward. MADE, in consultation with Alumni Relations, provides alumni in this database with ongoing communication and opportunities for engagement in diversity and inclusion initiatives within the school. Student programming is led by MADE and is focused on advancing cultural competencies of all students and provides student support to underrepresented groups, paying close attention to members of the community who face academic barriers.
“Our overarching goal with AND is to promote academic excellence, create impactful experiences for alumni, and foster lifelong connections that cultivate goodwill and support for the Carlson School,” Opall says.