Michelle Thomas Assumes Expanded Role

December 2012

Effective immediately, Michelle Thomas, (MU '91) will assume the role of Director of Student Organizations & Diversity for the Farmer School of Business.

"Creating a more diverse educational climate has long been a strategic initiative of the Farmer School, and its importance is as critical today as ever. The School has an unquestionable interest in the creation of a more diverse community and I firmly believe excellence and diversity go hand-in-hand, and that to succeed in the contemporary workplace, our students must develop an appreciation for the distinctive contributions of people different from themselves. I am thrilled that Michelle will be using her many talents in helping us achieve this initiative." stated Roger L. Jenkins, Dean and Mitchell P. Rales Chair in Business Leadership

Some of Michelle's new responsibilities include: Partnering with recruiters on creating opportunities for engaging with diverse students and student organizations Partnering with recruiters and alumni on developing scholarships for underrepresented students Enlisting the support of multi-cultural alumni, FSB faculty, and administrators to welcome diverse students to the Farmer School Advising students on how to navigate campus and utilize support systems Building a bridge from the Dean's office to diverse FSB students, prospective students, recruiters and guest speakers Partnering with the Dean and executive committee to ensure that FSB policies are considering potential diversity and inclusion issues Partnering with campus offices and organizations to increase retention