Lerner is committed to creating connections and fostering dialogues that support diversity and equity.

The educational mission of UD is to offer learning experiences that prepare our students to live in an increasingly diverse and global world.

At Lerner, we welcome the opportunity to understand and appreciate both the shared and unique background and talents that all of us offer – students, staff, faculty and community. Our aim is to foster diversity and inclusion throughout all aspects of life at Lerner. We join our efforts to diversity initiatives campus-wide.

The Lerner Diversity Council

The Lerner Diversity Council (LDC) focuses on building community and college climate; transforming curricular and co-curricular activities; and strengthening outreach and engagement, all with the central focus on diversity. The LDC – supporting equality, tolerance, diversity and respect across Lerner.

LDC Programming

LDC programming includes events such as an educational speaker series, student professional development, diversity-focused recruiting, student conference travel, diversity awards and other needs as they arise and the LDC program evolves.

Council sub-committees:

  • Building community and improving climate
  • Community outreach and engagement
  • Curricular and co-curricular transformation

Council Members

  • Carlos Asarta, associate professor of economics, director – Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship
  • Asli Basoglu, associate professor of accounting
  • Shawn Futch, Lerner undergraduate student
  • Jennifer Joe, Whitney Family Professor of Accounting, Cohen Family Lerner Director of Diversity, chief diversity advocate of Lerner College
  • Dianne Leipold, instructor of management
  • Chris Lynch, instructor of finance
  • Sam Piotrowski, Lerner undergraduate student
  • Ali Poorani, associate professor of hospitality business management
  • Brandon Figueroa Rivas, Lerner undergraduate student
  • Stephen Roberts, UDREAM academic program coordinator, advisor
  • Sunny Rosen, Lerner communications specialist

The LDC is grateful to its founding corporate sponsor, KPMG.
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News: Lerner Diversity Initiative

  • Lerner’s Top Stories of 2020 - From student success to new faculty research, here are our top 10 most popular stories from 2020 at UD's Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics.
  • Fortune 2000: Where Are They Now? - Participants of the Fortune 2000 program at UD’s Lerner College, which provided support to students from minority racial groups, shared how the program helped them succeed in the business world.
  • The Power of Black Women’s Voices - As part of the UD Lerner Women’s Leadership Initiative’s “Addressing Racism” webinar, a panel of Black women leaders from the Lerner community discussed racial justice and calls to action.
  • Advancing Justice in Times of Crisis - The Lerner Diversity Council and the Women’s Leadership Initiative are co-hosting a webinar, “Addressing Racism: Advancing Justice in Times of Crisis”, June 19 at 9:00 a.m.


For more information about diversity at Lerner, or the LDC or any of its programs, contact:

Jennifer Joe – Cohen Family Lerner Director of Diversity, Chief Diversity Advocate