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 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

News: Lerner Diversity Initiative


  • Carlos Asarta, associate professor of economics, director – Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship
  • Asli Basoglu, associate professor of accounting
  • Jazzlynn Jefferson, Lerner undergraduate student
  • Jennifer Joe, Whitney Family Professor of Accounting, chief diversity advocate of Lerner College
  • Francis Kwansa, associate professor of hospitality business management
  • Chris Lynch, instructor of finance
  • Sam Piotrowski, Lerner undergraduate student
  • Kelly Ringgold, academic program coordinator
  • Puming Yang, Lerner graduate student

The LDC is grateful to its founding corporate sponsor, KPMG.
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For more information about the council or any of its programs, contact:

Jennifer Joe, chief diversity advocate