Smith School Holds Annual Diversity Event
The annual “Diversity at Smith” event was held at University of Maryland's
Robert H. Smith School of Business on November 7, 2009. The main aim of the
event was to provide prospective MBA candidates the opportunity to experience
the Smith MBA. A large number of potential candidates turned up to benefit from
the daylong event, where they could directly interact with Smith Admissions
Team, alumni and current students.
Representatives from Smith Recruiting Team, Black MBA Association, Smith
Association of Women MBAs, Hispanic MBA Association, Smith Pride Alliance, and
other student groups welcomed the guests at the breakfast. J. Gerald Suarez,
associate dean of external strategy, gave a welcome address.
Ron Josey, assistant vice president at Barclays Capital (formerly Lehman
Brothers), was the keynote speaker at the event. Josey talked about his time
spent at Smith as a student and how he tried to make the most of it. He shared
his work experiences at Lehman Brothers and presented his insight about the
reasons behind the economic recession and how Smith School through its rigorous
challenges and ever-evolving curriculum helped him compete in such an uncertain
environment. He reiterated the fact that Smith’s emphasis on diversity,
interactive community and alumni relations provide the students with perfect
tools to succeed in the professional world by learning diverse perspectives in
an intellectually simulated environment.
Suarez explained what Smith School learned from economic crisis and how the
program has evolved during this period. He elaborated on the efforts that have
helped Smith School increase its focus on business ethics, corporate
responsibility and social value creation. Net Impact, a student club at Smith
School of Business, Suarez mentioned, is dedicated to create positive economic,
social and environmental change while educating students and professionals to
become true business leaders.
After the break, the guests were split into the four groups as per their choice
of program; full-time MBA, part-time MBA, and MS degrees in business with a
focus accounting or finance. Prospective students were briefed about the
application process, structure of respective programs and curriculum details.
The attendees benefitted from these sessions and had a chance to ask any queries
they had about the programs. They were also shown around the building, Van
Munching Hall, by current students.
Betsy Kacizak, member services specialist for GMAC, presented a workshop
providing tips on how to prepare for the GMAT and excel on it. The workshop was
followed by lunch, which provided the prospective students with yet another
opportunity to network with alumni and current students, who had a lot to share.
Soon after, a more formal discussion with alumni and current students, was held
to address their experiences in regards to the admission process, academic
experiences, MBA community at Smith, student life and employment opportunities.
This was time for participants to ask questions and hear the "real deal" of
being a student here at Smith.
Henry C. Boyd III, a Tyser Teaching Fellow of marketing, and Cynthia Kay
Stevens, associate professor of management and organization, delivered lectures
on Business Ethics and Negotiation Skills. The sessions provided the prospective
students with a look into the academic experience at Smith. Kecia Hansard, from
the Office of Career Services, followed the lectures, addressing the audience's
questions on how the office supports and helps the students with their career
and professional development. She explained the changes taking place in the
economy and how the office reacts to these challenges.
The event turned out to be a great success with Smith School of Business
delivering its promise of focus on diversity and global studies. The prospective
students left the campus filled with Smith experience that helped them have a
clearer picture on what Smith has to offer and how to approach the admission
Nabeel Jawad, MBA Candidate 2011, Smith Media Group