Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Undergraduate student organizations compete in the Diversity Challenge

This is a guest post from Abdul Raof Abdul Latif, co-chair of the Kelley Student Diversity Council.

On December 2, 2009 the Kelley Student Diversity Council held the preliminary round of the 2009-2010 Diversity Challenge. Seven Kelley organizations took part in this semester-long event to come up with ways to identify diversity issues at the Kelley School of Business and find short- and long-term solutions to these problems. The organizations presented their solutions to a panel of judges representing the Challenge’s corporate sponsors Ernst & Young and Target, as well as Professor Elham Mafi-Kreft representing the Kelley faculty.
The participating teams were the Women’s Financial Association, the Kelley chapter of Delta Epsilon Chi, the Undergraduate Marketing Club, Kelley Student Government, the Real Estate Club, Women in Business and the Undergraduate Investment Club.

The challenge began with a planning phase in fall 2009. Student groups presented their ideas to judges on December 2, 2009. Judges selected four finalists who will implement their plans in spring 2010. The selected teams were Kelley Student Government, the Real Estate Club, Women in Business and the Undergraduate Investment Club. The teams will be judged again in April to assess the effectiveness of the programs they implemented.

The teams used resources available in the university, particularly the business school to come up with ways to increase diversity at the Kelley School. The ideas that were presented covered a wide variety of possible solutions, ranging from individual mentorship to social events and case competitions.


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