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HCB Office of Diversity and Community Relations Offers New Program

Tyvi Small


Under the direction on Tyvi Small, the Office of Diversity and Community Relations in the Haslam College of Business leads efforts to build a culturally diverse community by fostering a climate supportive of respect, social justice and broad participation in business from faculty, students, and staff. Programs are implemented at the pre-collegiate, undergraduate, and doctoral levels. Small, HCB’s executive director for talent management, diversity, and community relations, spoke with us recently about a new summer program.

The Girls and Technology Education (GATE) program which will launch this summer, is a four-day residential program designed to help female high school sophomores explore the field of Information Technology. High school juniors gain accounting insight in the Accounting and Information Management Academy (AIM).

The Business Education for Talented Students (BETS) program,which Small started in 2008, isa 10-day residential program designed to introduce high school seniors from diverse backgrounds to the various fields of business. Students interact with professionals from business and government, make field visits, and participate in the preparation and presentation of a challenging team project. To date, over 250 students have participated in the BETS program.

The HCB staff has made significant contributions in the greater Knoxville area, Nashville, and Memphis—influencing statewide, regional, and national conversations related to preparing a diverse and inclusive business workforce. For these efforts, the office won the Marva Rudolph Diversity and Interculturalism Excellence Award.