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Corporate Partners and Advocates Recruitment, Retention and Education

Corporate Partners and Advocates Support


Through its Diversity Connections Program, the Haslam College of Business teams up with industry leaders to educate the business talent of tomorrow.

Organizations that support our students find their involvement is mutually beneficial. While our students gain access to state-of-the-art technology, challenging programs, experienced faculty and need-based scholarships, corporate involvement benefits the corporations as much as it does our students.

Corporations that support the Haslam College of Business are often eligible for tax deductions. They gain access to the best and brightest college students and visible recognition in the Haslam Business Building.

With your support, the OACC can change the lives of deserving students. To learn more about becoming a Diversity Connections sponsor, please contact our office.

Our corporate partners include:

  • The Boeing Company
  • Dixon Hughes Goodman
  • Deloitte
  • Enterprise Holdings
  • Ernst & Young LLC
  • KPMG
  • McCormick & Company, Inc.
  • PriceaterhouseCoopers
  • PepsiCo
  • Scripps Networks Interactive
  • Caterpillar
  • LMBC
  • Target
  • Regions Bank
  • Crowe LLP
  • Pilot Company
  • Truist Bank
  • Crowe LLP
  • RSM Foundation, LLC
  • First Horizon Bank
  • E&J Gallo Winery
  • Bank of America
  • Ryder
  • Tractor Supply
  • Bush Brothers and Company
  • EJ Gallo Winery

Corporate Partners and Advocates Recruitment


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The OACC partners with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions on university-wide multicultural student recruitment initiatives, including Minority Enhancement for the University of Tennessee (ME4UT). An academic browse session is provided for the sneak peek overnight visit for prospective multicultural students, and a student panel and faculty speaker are provided for the Join the University’s Minority Program (JUMP) visits for admitted multicultural students.

A BETS Scholars Breakfast showcases the college to admitted multicultural students and their families. Students and parents have the opportunity to meet students, faculty and administrators as they receive an overview of the college and the benefits of enrollment. In addition, students have the opportunity to meet with scholarship donors in a private setting to share their goals and appreciation for being awarded such a great opportunity. 

Summer residential programs provide an in-depth preview of the college and business fields for high school students from underrepresented groups and those who qualify for free or reduced-cost lunch. Both Business Education for Talented Students (BETS), a 10-day program for rising seniors, and Accounting and Information Management(AIM) Academy, a three-day program for rising juniors, are provided at no cost aside from a $20 seat reservation fee. There are two additional summer programs offered, the Women Empowered through Business (WEB) Institute and Suppy Chain Management (SCM) Summer Camp.

Our office collaborates with Project Grad Knoxville on the Early College Awareness Program, which targets fifth- and eighth-grade students and parents in selected schools to increase awareness of higher education options and encourage early planning.

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