Isenberg School to Strengthen Student Diversity with $500,000 Ernst & Young Grant
January 17, 2008
The Isenberg School of Management has received a commitment of $500,000 from the Ernst & Young Foundation University Fund for a new initiative that will help the school to strengthen its commitment to students from African-American, Latino, Native American, and Cape Verdean backgrounds. Four-fifths of the grant funding the initiative—The Ernst & Young Partners in Education Program—will provide scholarship support for undergraduates during the academic years 2008 through 2013.
The additional funding will help support student programming and services, including tutorial assistance and mandatory one-credit seminars devoted to academic success and career transitioning. Each student will work with a peer mentor from the Isenberg School and a professional mentor from Ernst & Young. The students will also visit Ernst & Young’s offices in Boston and New York.
“The Isenberg School is increasingly competitive,” emphasizes the school’s undergraduate dean, Carol Barr. “The Ernst & Young Partners in Education Program will open doors to the School for a larger pool of strong academic performers from underrepresented backgrounds. We are grateful to the Ernst & Young Foundation for its support of this important initiative.”
“At Ernst & Young, we are deeply committed to the diversification of our own workforce and to the professional workforce as a whole,” emphasizes Ernst & Young partner and Isenberg School accounting graduate Jaime Pereira ’76. “The Ernst & Young Partners in Education Program will help the Isenberg School to graduate a significant number of new professionals from culturally diverse backgrounds who will embark on business careers with a variety of firms, including Ernst & Young.”
The Isenberg School’s 3,200 undergraduates major in seven disciplines: accounting, finance, hospitality and tourism management, management, marketing, operations management, and sport management. In the current edition of BusinessWeek’s annual survey, The Best Undergraduate Business Schools, the Isenberg School received the highest ranking among public undergraduate business school programs in the Northeast. In the same survey, the school ranked 58th nationally. The Isenberg School also offers the MBA and Professional MBA degrees, the M.S. degree in accounting, and the Ph.D. degree.
Pictured at top: Isenberg School Undergraduate Dean Carol Barr and DiMES Diversity Program Director Melvin Rodriguez.