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PHILADELPHIA, MARCH 3, 2022 — On March 24-25, 2022, Temple University will host the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) President Guylaine Saint Juste at the Fox School of Business to launch NABA’s nation-wide inclusivity campaign.

Guylaine Saint Juste, president of the National Association of Black Accountants

“What better place to start this tour than the City of Brotherly love?” says President Saint Juste.

“We have many members of NABA at all stages of their career—to our regional president—who are Temple alumni. Temple, its reputation and where it is located, has positively impacted so many NABA members. We see that Temple is a bright light at the center of this conversation of how we fix the pipeline for Black people working in business tracks, which include finance, accounting and business in all relevant fields.”

By starting at Temple and continuing at universities across the U.S., Saint Juste hopes to have a positive impact on high school graduation rates, college attendance and retention for students of color, especially in business and technology.

“By creating partnerships between high schools, community colleges and public universities, Temple and NABA hope to close the historic, systematic gaps in opportunities for Black and Brown people—gaps that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Saint Juste.

When:             Thursday, March 24, and Friday, March 25, 2022

Where:            Temple University-Main Campus: Alter Hall and 1810 Liacouras Walk

What:              During her visit, NABA President Saint Juste, Temple NABA and the other local stakeholders will meet to discuss how they can work together to provide opportunities—including scholarships, internships and externships—for present and future Black and Brown Temple and Fox School students.

Press Contact:         Steve Orbanek: 267-846-8444 (C)

The two-day event is currently scheduled to be in-person. If public health conditions change, the event will be rescheduled.

Temple University President Jason Wingard says that shifting demographics in the U.S. make it clear that investments in DEI campaigns like NABA’s are increasingly critical. “Universities focused on the future of work must create a strong pipeline of diverse talent for employers,” says Dr. Wingard. “We are proud to lead the way by welcoming NABA and serving as the starting place of their campaign.” 

The event was initiated, in part, from a request by the students of the Temple NABA chapter. Zöe Morgan, president of the Temple chapter and an undergraduate senior majoring in finance, is thrilled to welcome Saint Juste. “As a Fox student and an African American woman, it’s very meaningful to see how DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) impacts the business world, especially in the accounting and finance industries.”

This partnership is a manifestation of Temple’s and the Fox School’s commitment to increase student enrollment and diversity at the university by creating avenues for Black business leaders of the future. This event will help strengthen the links between Temple, NABA and community colleges across Philadelphia by creating a dialogue and a pathway to empower Black professionals.

“The Fox School is honored to host NABA for the launch of its inclusivity campaign,” says Dean Ron Anderson. “Across our community, students, faculty and staff are committed to uplifting young Black professionals. This event exemplifies our school’s dedication to inclusion. I’m so proud of our Fox NABA students, along with advisor Professor Wayne W. Williams, who proposed our school as the host institution.”

The discussions, knowledge sharing and opportunities that will culminate from the event support the Fox School’s Strategic Plan, which outlines Inclusive Culture as one of its four main priorities. The efforts also reinforce the mission of the Fox School and School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council. The group is committed to creating an environment built on transparency, trust and respect by valuing differences, encouraging meaningful discourse and hearing all perspectives from within the community.

The tour will include historically Black colleges and universities as well as institutions that are uniquely positioned to serve their communities.

ABOUT NABA

The National Association of Black Accountants (NABA, Inc.), is a nonprofit membership association dedicated to bridging the opportunity gap for Black professionals in the accounting, finance and related business professions. Representing more than 200,000 black professionals in these fields, NABA advances people, careers, and the mission by providing education, resources, and meaningful career connections to both professional and student members, fulfilling the principle of our motto: Lifting As We Climb.

ABOUT THE FOX SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

The vision of Temple University’s Fox School of Business is to transform student lives, develop leaders, and impact our local and global communities through excellence and innovation in education and research.

The Fox School’s research institutes and centers as well as 300+ full- and part-time faculty provide access to market-leading technologies and foster a collaborative and creative learning environment that offers more than curriculum—it offers an experience. Coupled with its leading student services, the Fox School ensures that its graduates are fully prepared to enter the job market.

The flexibility and responsiveness of our knowledge-creating research faculty allow the school to address the needs of industry and generate courses and programs in emerging fields. As a leader in business research, the Fox School values interdisciplinary approaches and translational research that influence and impact real-world problems. Our research informs an adaptive curriculum, supports innovation in teaching and prepares students for the ever-changing business environment.

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