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Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Author: Jenna Ward/Tuesday, July 27, 2021/Categories: Blog

Greg Thomas - Rochester Office

I’ve decided to write about the D&I Committee’s formation and mission thus far. So, about a year ago now (hard to believe) the firm had decided to start something. A dialogue or group to help connect the firm and our diverse community at large. This was in the wake of a summer of unrest with protests gripping our nation. I have said this before, I think it was a brave, necessary and correct decision. We need to show that we are conscious of the minority community and that we hear them and are willing to help bridge the gap.

The committee had created our inaugural and 1st annual MMB Scholarship to college level students who's focus was in accounting. We have since awarded our 1st two winners. We also worked with the Urban League of Rochester to find 2 students who were awarded MMB Scholarships early this summer. A couple members of our D&I Committee were even able to attend the Urban League’s summer award ceremony.

We have also decided to put together a monthly or sometimes bi-monthly D&I Newsletter to showcase the richness of diversity and breadth of inclusiveness. Each month we highlight a new topic, person, lifestyle and/or even heritage that needs more recognition. The committee will continue to seek new and different opportunities for the firm as well as for our community.

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