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Corporations support diversity

Three of the Johnson School's corporate partners have made a significant commitment to supporting diversity at the school. Deloitte Consulting, Lehman Brothers, and PricewaterhouseCoopers have signed onto the Business Diversity Partnership (BDP) program with a gift of $25,000 each.

Jointly coordinated by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Corporate Programs, the BDP program assists organizations in reaching women and underrepresented groups in the pipeline. The program consolidates the Johnson Scho ol's diversity initiatives, letting corporations reach students across a spectrum of programs, rather than single events.

"BDP participants contribute to the overall diversity strategy and then select up to eight 'touch points,' which vary depending on the program," says Deniqua Crichlow, director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Touch points include such initiatives as the Leadership, Education, and Development program for high schoolers, Camp $tart-Up for teenaged girls, and the Hispanic American Business Leaders Association case competition.

The BDP program is also helping strengthen the Johnson School's connections to undergraduate students in the department of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

PricewaterhouseCoopers will match Cornellians' gifts toward BDP participation, a campaign being led internally by firm partner Shyam Venkat, MBA '85, and supported by the offices of Corporate Programs and Diversity and Inclusion.

For more information, contact Deniqua Crichlow, director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion; or Gail Fink Bauman, director, Corporate Programs, at

– Irene Kim