University of Tennessee

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 2021-2022 School Year:

Tylan Beard

Tylan Beard

Hometown: Smyrna, TN
Sophomore, Marketing

“Diversity and Inclusion means a lot to me since I am a minority in my current environment. Knowing that my voice, ideas and skills are noticed and accounted for in every space is important to my growth and success here at the University of Tennessee and elsewhere. The Office of Diversity and Community Relations’ talented and hardworking individuals allows for that and much more.”

Ricky Chen

Ricky Chen

Hometown: Nashville, TN
Senior, Finance and Supply Chain Management

Diversity and inclusion mean that no one is left behind. We may come from different circumstances, but we all walk the same path. You cannot go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”

Christopher Cooper

Christopher Cooper

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Junior, Business Analytics with a concentration in Marketing

“Diversity and inclusion are the acceptance of being comfortable with being around different people, cultures, and ideas. Workplaces across the world could benefit from being diverse. More information and creative perspectives floating around creates a healthier and more efficient workplace environment that will always thrive no matter what.”

Ivan Delgadillo

Ivan Delgadillo

Hometown: Winchester, TN
Junior, Finance and Economics

When underrepresented people see diversity and inclusion in places they do not often see it, they feel empowered. They feel empowered to engage with the organization and even aim for leadership roles. I strive to empower and inspire others through leadership and involvement in the Haslam College of Business.”

Isabella Lawton

Isabella Lawton

Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
Freshman, Business Analytics

Diversity and inclusion are important to me as a Native American because I can both share and hear a variety of experiences and see things in a different light. Everyone has a story, and they deserve a chance to share it with others.”

Brea McIntyre

Brea McIntyre

Hometown: Chattanooga, TN
Senior, Human Resource 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, which are not hindered by our minority status. I want for all spaces to be open and welcoming to all for everyone to thrive and contribute to the progression of our society.”

James Owen

James Owen

Hometown: Wichita, KS
Junior, Business Analytics, Hispanic Studies minor

“Inclusion in business means giving everyone a few seats on the board. An organization with many eyes from many backgrounds has few blind spots and can better deal with issues too complex for a homogenous group.”

Summer Souvannaseng

Summer Souvannaseng

Hometown: Nashville, TN
Junior, Marketing

“Diversity and inclusion are important to me because I want those around me who feel like they cannot make it in this world to start feeling included and to start feeling powerful in their shoes. It means that all voices are being heard.”

Kendall Williams

Kendall Williams

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Sophomore, Marking with a concentration in International Business

“Diversity is important because everyone should feel comfortable to be able to express themselves freely. Diversity and inclusion are needed in a workplace to foster a group of different people willing to grow and understand each other.”