Lerner Diversity Council
The educational mission of UD is to offer learning experiences that prepare our students to live in an increasingly diverse and global world.
The Lerner Diversity Council (LDC) provides the Lerner College community the opportunity to understand and appreciate both the shared and unique background and talents that all of us offer – students, staff, faculty and alumni. The 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. Our aim is to foster diversity and inclusion throughout all aspects of life at Lerner.
The LDC is guided by the Lerner Diversity Platform which focuses on curricular and co-curricular transformation, building community and improving climate, and strengthening community outreach and improving engagement.
The Lerner Career Services Center supports peer mentoring for students through programs like our Executive Mentoring program. These mentoring programs will encourage URM pairings to help students learn from other students and professionals facing similar challenges and opportunities.
News: Lerner Diversity Council
- Diversity and business success go hand-in-hand - Lerner's Chief Diversity Advocate Jennifer Joe speaks to a Delaware Small Business Development Center and Delaware Business Times roundtable about the importance of diversity in the workplace.
- Keeping the Momentum Going for Racial Justice - In this video, Jennifer Joe, Daphne McRae, Nicole Jeter West and Vina Amankwaa Afrifa discuss ways to continue the discussions about racial justice.
- The Great Migration and the Economics of Race - The Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship hosted Delaware educators for a virtual lecture by MAEEE alumnus Brett Burkey to help teachers and students understand how biased policy resulted in inequitable opportunities.
- Finding the antidote to racial bias in the workplace - Lerner profs. Jennifer Joe and Wendy Smith co-authored an opinion piece for The Conversation on how white people can support their Black colleagues and address racial bias.
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.
Asli Basoglu, associate professor of accounting
Shawn Futch, Class of ’20 – International Business Studies and current MBA student
Dena Hillison, Lerner communications specialist
Hasan Iqbal, Class of ’17 – MBA
Jennifer Joe, Whitney Family Professor of Accounting, Cohen Family Lerner Director of Diversity, chief diversity advocate of Lerner College
Dianne Leipold, instructor of management
Christopher Lynch, instructor of finance
Dee Muir, assistant professor of marketing
Kyle Natter, current student, Finance and International Business major
Ali Poorani, associate professor of hospitality business management
Stephen Roberts, UDREAM academic program coordinator, advisor
Clay Rowe, Class of ’11 – Finance and Economics
Anu Sivaraman, assistant professor of marketing, faculty director of assessment
The LDC is grateful to its founding corporate sponsor, KPMG.
For more information about diversity at Lerner, or the LDC or any of its programs, contact: