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Pamplin hosts diversity case competition for all majors


Three participants at a diversity conference Participants listen to a speaker at a Pamplin diversity conference.

BLACKSBURG, Va., March 4, 2011 – The Pamplin College of Business is hosting a diversity case competition, open to all Virginia Tech students.

The competition is designed to provide students a great opportunity to develop important professional skills, such as analyzing and responding quickly to complex business issues involving diversity, said Nichole Phillips, an assistant professor of management who serves on Pamplin’s Multicultural Diversity Committee and is coordinating the competition.

Student teams will work on a solution to a diversity case and present their recommendations to a panel of judges comprising senior executives. The top three teams will win cash prizes donated by Ernst & Young of $2,000, $1,000, and $500. The event's other sponsors are the Pamplin MBA program and Wachovia.

The competition is limited to the first 16 teams that register by the deadline of Monday, March 14. The case will be distributed on March 16. The competition’s preliminary round will be held on March 23, with the final round the following day. Learn more about the competition, including the guidelines, rules, and judging information.

The event is an example of Pamplin's commitment to diversity programs, Phillips said. The college has included diversity-related goals in its strategic plan for several years and has sponsored the diversity committee, comprising faculty and student members, since 1987. In the fall of 1997, it adopted the “Diversity as a Core Value” statement, written by the committee and discussed and approved by Pamplin faculty and staff. The college created an award for diversity excellence to honor faculty for outstanding contributions to the college’s diversity programs.

Learn more about Pamplin’s diversity programs.

Virginia Tech’s nationally ranked Pamplin College of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting and information systems, business information technology, economics, finance, hospitality and tourism management, management, and marketing. Pamplin emphasizes technology and analysis that improve business, entrepreneurship that leads to innovation and innovative companies, international opportunities for learning and research, and an inclusive, collaborative community. It is named in honor of two alumni: the late Robert B. Pamplin, retired chairman of Georgia-Pacific, and businessman, author, and philanthropist Robert B. Pamplin Jr.