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Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management Announces Partnership with National Black MBA Association®

Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management Announces Partnership with National Black MBA Association®


Kerri D. Howell, director of communications and media
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Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management Announces Partnership with National Black MBA Association®


SYRACUSE, N.Y. – August 9, 2018 — The Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse Universityhas announced a new partnership with the National Black MBA Association®as part of the first installment of the NBMBAA®Collegiate Partnership Program. The program aims to increase awareness and facilitate access to graduate and business education programs in professional fields across the country. Whitman is one of a dozen diamond-level partners nationally.


The NBMBAA®was founded in 1970 to help African Americans coming into the corporate sector, largely for the first time, share experiences and insights to help make their careers and career paths easier. According to Alex McKelvie, associate dean for undergraduate and full-time master’s programs for the Whitman School, the organization’s partnership includes the following:


  • Syracuse Whitman has committed to awarding at least two merit-based scholarships to NBMBAA®member students.
  • The school must ensure that at least 25 students are NBMBAA®members.
  • The Whitman School will hold an NBMBAA®event on campus every academic year.
  • Syracuse Whitman will send a case competition team to the annual National Black MBA Conference and Exposition.


Whitman hopes the partnership will help increase the diversity of the Whitman School community.


“We need to build and grow our ability to attract, recruit and yield fantastic students,” said McKelvie. “Having a diverse classroom enriches the conversation and allows people to challenge their perspectives and think about things in new ways. Diversity in thinking and backgrounds is one of the most important factors for innovation and peak performance. Whitman graduates will need to master working together in a world of accelerating change.”


In addition to the new partnership with NBMBAA®, the Whitman School also has a local chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), a professional organization of minority accountants that today is open to all students.


“Many people are unaware that NABA welcomes members of all races, but that is key to the organization’s ability to bring business students together in a positive, learning and networking environment,” said ProfessorKofi Appiah Okyere, NABA faculty advisor. “Together, all members seek to ‘lift as we climb,’ helping each other become successful business people.”

The Whitman School also embraces its international student population, many of whom are also of color, celebrating their heritage, culture and more at annual events.

About the Whitman School

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University inspires students for a world of accelerating change. Offering B.S., MBA, M.S. and Ph.D. programs, all accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Whitman School’s faculty includes internationally known scholars and researchers, as well as successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. Whitman continues to be ranked among the nation’s top business schools by U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek. To learn more about the Whitman School of Management, visit


About Syracuse University

Founded in 1870, Syracuse University is a private international research university dedicated to advancing knowledge and fostering student success through teaching excellence, rigorous scholarship and interdisciplinary research. Comprising 11 academic schools and colleges, the University has a long legacy of excellence in the liberal arts, sciences and professional disciplines that prepares students for the complex challenges and emerging opportunities of a rapidly changing world. Students enjoy the resources of a 270-acre main campus and extended campus venues in major national metropolitan hubs and across three continents. Syracuse’s student body is among the most diverse for an institution of its kind across multiple dimensions, and students typically represent all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Syracuse also has a long legacy of supporting veterans and is home to the nationally recognized Institute for Veterans and Military Families, the first university-based institute in the U.S. focused on addressing the unique needs of veterans and their families. To learn more about Syracuse University, visit



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