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CASE Internship Program Highlights Importance of Diversity

Aspiring advancement professionals will benefit from recognizing the importance of diversity and inclusion in their profession, according to two CASE leaders.

During the June 25, 2017, opening session of the CASE Advancement Internship Conference, 92 interns gathered at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., to listen to CASE Vice President for Education Rob Henry and Director of Diversity and Talent Management Anita Walton share their experiences as advancement leaders.

Henry focused on defining and exploring what diversity means in higher education while Walton explained how diversity impacts advancement shops and institutions—and why diversity is an important focus of the CASE Advancement Internship Program.

"When you think about economic impact of diverse individuals, their buying power is significant," said Walton. "But this hasn't translated into advancement. How do we keep these individuals engaged?"

The number of students of color in U.S. higher education is between 40 and 50 percent, and populations of diverse people will continue to grow and permeate higher education. Even still, the diversification of advancement professionals has been slow, Walton says.

"We know that campuses with diverse workforces out perform those without," Walton says. "That's why it's our goal to grow the number of diverse advancement professionals."

Hear what one CASE intern has to say about the program:

This article is from the July 2017 BriefCASE issue of BriefCASE.