M&T Bank x CSVC Case Competition Sees Graduate Students Promote Financial Inclusion Solutions

University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business students are pioneering advancements in the banking sector, focusing on community development and financial inclusion. In the M&T Bank x CSVC Case Competition, teams presented scholarly solutions, utilizing technology and partnerships for enhanced banking engagement.

CSVC: Inaugural Inter-fraternity Pledging Case Competition a ‘Resounding Success’

Smith undergraduate students from four business fraternities competed in the inaugural Inter-fraternity Pledging Case Competition at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Judges from SECU Credit Union evaluated financial literacy-based solutions to community issues. The event hailed as a success by CSVC Director Nima Farshchi, showcased experiential learning and social impact.

Daniel Alegbeleye, a determined law school graduate, defies the odds by prioritizing education over Division 1 football offers. Now pursuing an MBA at the University of Maryland, he intertwines his business acumen with a passion for social justice, inspired by his parents' sacrifices. A market development manager at National Nail, he embraces leadership, teamwork, and community engagement.
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About the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and flex MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, business master’s, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in North America and Asia.

When Firms Internalize Political Stigma

The Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017 stigmatized local employers by creating the impression that strongly anti-diversity attitudes put on display by white supremacists were widespread in the community. Employers sought to counteract this “stigma by association” by dramatically increasing the extent to which they included pro-diversity language in their job advertisements. This is according to research by Assistant Professor of Management and Organization Reuben Hurst at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Smith’s CSVC Hosts Global Gathering of Leaders to Address Grand Challenges

Industry leaders and academics from around the world gathered in Van Munching Hall recently to exchange insights into individuals and organizations creating value in their communities. The event – Creating Value Alliances 6th Global Conference on Creating Value – was hosted Oct. 19-21, 2023, by the Center for Social Value Creation (CSVC) at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Elevate! Diverse Founders Panelists Offer Insights to Level Entrepreneurial Playing Field

For most entrepreneurs, acquiring capital can be the difference between a vision and seeing their venture come to life. However, for entrepreneurs from marginalized and underrepresented communities, there are even more barriers to overcome. On Thursday, Nov. 16, a panel of bank executives, entrepreneurs and investors convened in Van Munching Hall to share their lessons in acquiring capital and to highlight opportunities for general business growth for entrepreneurs from underrepresented communities during Elevate! Diverse Founders: Access to Capital.

Maximize your Smith School student experience and learn about all the center opportunities to get involved, grow your skills, and expand your knowledge. Center representation includes the Center for Global Business, Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, the Center for Social Value Creation, and the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets.




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How a Fraternity Helped Smith Create a New Experiential Learning Class for Social Good

For the first time, the Robert H. Smith School of Business has partnered with a Greek life fraternity at the University of Maryland to develop a new course where students work with real organizations to do social good.

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