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Diversity Advancement Program

The Diversity Advancement Program (DAP) is a selective program that provides students with the opportunity to hone in on their leadership and interpersonal skills while expanding their personal network and advancing diversity initiatives in the Haslam College of Business.

DAP Advocates are responsible for representing the department at college fairs, school and corporate visits and community events as well as co-facilitate workshops and discussions around diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

DAP Advocates for the 2020-2021 School Year:

Te’Lor Allen

Te’Lor Allen

Hometown: Murphy, NC

Junior, Business Analytics

 

“Participating in the diversity advancement program offers me new and different

resources to draw from for the improvement of my own personal and professional

plans as well as the advancement and improvement of those living and working in

the world around me.”

Veraon “RJ” Clemmons

Veraon “RJ” Clemmons

Hometown: Mount Juliet, NC

Senior, Accounting – GLS

 

“I’ve always been a strong supporter of diversity because it is so crucial to creating a welcoming environment for minority individuals. However, I want to surpass diversity and strive for inclusivity because it’s nice to simply be invited to “the table”, but it’s more impactful to be the one leading the table or presenting to the group.”

Carmen Danley

Carmen Danley

Hometown: Memphis, TN

Senior, Human Resources Management. Leadership Studies Minor   

 

"Doing work that relates to diversity, equity, and inclusion has been a passion of mine since my freshman year. I believe that we must acknowledge the systemic issues that try to diminish the success of marginalized identities. My life's work will be to make systems more equitable for all people."

Shanice Garner

Shanice Garner

Hometown: Chattanooga, TN

Senior, Business Analytics

“Diversity is important to me because I believe interacting with people who are different from me fosters open-mindedness and empathy. Inclusion matters to me because I have the opportunity to learn from peoples experiences, perspectives, and ideas. Diversity and Inclusion has played a vital role in my personal and professional development.”

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Brea McIntyre

Hometown: Chattanooga, TN

Junior, Human Resources Management

 

“Diversity and inclusion are important to me because it is essential that my peers and I are able to have positive life experiences, especially within our careers, that is not hindered by our minority status. I want for all spaces to be open and welcoming to all in order for everyone to thrive and contribute to the progression of our society.”

Maikel Mikaiel

Maikel Mikaiel

Hometown: Antioch, TN

Senior, Supply Chain Management – GLS

 

“As an Egyptian immigrant growing up in the United States, I have always valued diversity and inclusion. It's important to be able to interact with individuals from different backgrounds, learn from various perspectives, and consider new viewpoints.”

Isabel Spangler

Isabel Spangler

Hometown: Carthage. TN

Junior, Marketing

 

“Something that I find to be beautiful about conversations over diversity and inclusion is that you have something to learn from everyone involved. Everyone is uninformed over certain topics or questions that others are well versed in.”

Abigail Thenthirath

Abigail Thenthirath

Hometown: Nashville, TN

Senior, Management & Public Relations

 

“Diversity and Inclusion has been a crucial factor in promoting innovation and solving complex problems. Without Diversity and Inclusion, many workplaces and organizations lack the crucial skills, minds, and diverse talents that can make them stick out as successful. I love promoting Diversity and Inclusion because it provides a chance to encourage success for different minds in differing ways.”

Jessica Thomas

Jessica Thomas

Hometown: Jellico, TN

Senior, Supply Chain Management – GLS

 

“As I have learned from my business classes and firsthand from the workplace, diversity is an asset to businesses and to society in general. Inclusion is necessary to advocate for those whose voices get silenced. It requires education and relationships with those of all backgrounds to empathize, listen and advocate for everyone at the table.”