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 2022-2023 School Year:
Hometown: Smyrna, Tennessee
Diversity, equity and inclusion are essential because they promote fairness, respect and opportunities for everyone, regardless of their background or identity. A diverse and inclusive environment fosters innovation, creativity and collaboration by bringing together different perspectives and ideas.
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Major: Marketing & Supply Chain Management
Diversity and Inclusion means ensuring people of all backgrounds feel comfortable to grow within their environment. Having diversity and inclusion allows those in the workplace to learn about other cultures and become aware of different perspectives.
Hometown: Franklin, TN
Diversity and inclusion are about recognizing our differences, learning from each other and using those differences to create a stronger, more knowledgeable community. I want to help empower people who feel their voice is not heard.
Hometown: Antioch, TN
Major: Marketing with a collateral in Entrepreneurship
Diversity and Inclusion mean a feeling of belonging and community. These qualities are especially important because they encourage people to speak out on injustices and open up a safe space for new perspectives and ideas. In addition to building a community, I believe they empower others to feel that they have a voice and build the confidence to use it.
Hometown: Johns Creek, Georgia
Major: Marketing with a Public Health minor
Coming from a minority background, I can’t stress enough how important diversity and inclusion in all settings is. By making diversity and inclusion a priority, individuals are able to open themselves up to fresh perspectives and an array of creativity and understanding, which ultimately enhances the culture of any business or academic setting.
Hometown: Winchester, TN
Major: 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.
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Major: Marketing 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.
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Major: 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.
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
Major: 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.
Hometown: Wichita, KS
Major: 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.
Hometown: Nashville, TN
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.