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Conference discusses diversity

first_imgThe Mendoza College of Business kicks off its fifth-annual diversity conference this weekend in hopes of exploring diversity found in the workplace. Graduate student Jay Xie, co-chair of the conference, said the event is geared toward building awareness of diversity both on campus and in the business world. “We want to look at what diversity means in the global environment,” Xie said. “With the information and technology we have, the market is moving at a quick rate and organizations have to make decisions quickly. We want to see how diversity plays a part in these decisions.” Several companies will participate this weekend, including Ernst & Young, Coca-Cola, Bank of America and Deloitte. “Diversity is a really important issue for the participating companies,” Xie said. “A lot of these companies want to talk about the success and challenges they face by working with a diverse employee base.” Xie said the conference would allow these companies to strengthen their connection with Notre Dame students. “They are coming here to hopefully establish a deeper relationship with us,” he said. “A lot of these companies are actively recruiting or considering recruiting on campus.” Based on the success of the conference in its previous four years, Xie said he hopes it continues to generate dialogue among professionals, faculty and students. “We want a wide array of people to be able to share their experiences,” he said. “But I think the ones that will get the most out of it will be students.” Xie said the conference would help Notre Dame students understand the benefits of employees and co-workers from a multitude of backgrounds. “I think students would take away from this conference a greater appreciation for what diversity offers in the workplace,” he said. Although the diversity conference is hosted by the College of Business, Xie said the event is designed for students of all majors. “The undergraduate population can get the most from this conference,” he said. “I think when these conferences pop up, they are really good opportunities for all students to learn from the experts, build up their network and find opportunities.” The conference will commence Friday at 1 p.m. in the Mendoza College of Business and a closing address will be held Saturday at 3:15 in the Jordan Auditorium of the College.last_img read more

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Newcastle hoping to tie up deal for Tottenham winger Andros Townsend

first_imgNewcastle hope to push home their interest in Tottenham winger Andros Townsend this week as head coach Steve McClaren looks to strengthen his attacking options. Press Association The Magpies have opened talks over the England international and are hopeful of landing him either on a permanent deal, or on a loan basis with an option to buy in the summer. Press Association Sport understands the 24-year-old, who has also been linked with Watford and West Brom in recent weeks, has indicated a willingness to make the move to Tyneside. center_img However, no deal has yet been agreed and Spurs are understood to be holding out for their full valuation of a player who has not featured in the first team at White Hart Lane since the 2-1 Europa League defeat by Anderlecht on October 22 after reportedly falling out with a member of manager Mauricio Pochettino’s staff. Both clubs are renowned for driving a hard bargain and it remains to be seen whether or not they can find common ground with McClaren keen to have Townsend at his disposal as soon as possible, and ideally before Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Watford. Newcastle dragged themselves out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 home victory over West Ham on Saturday. New arrivals Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet were handed debuts in the match with the former Swansea man in particular making a major impact. However, McClaren is keen to add both a striker and a winger to his squad. In addition to Townsend, the Newcastle boss is continuing his search for a specialist frontman to take the pressure off summer signing Aleksandar Mitrovic, who once again passed up a series of chances at the weekend. Newcastle began the month with a long list of targets but Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette is seemingly beyond their reach, Chelsea’s Loic Remy is apparently unavailable, West Ham’s Andy Carroll and Wolfsburg’s Bas Dost are both injured and Charlie Austin has made a surprise switch to Southampton. West Brom’s Saido Berahino remains in their sights, although there will be significant competition for his signature and the Magpies need to have alternatives in mind. last_img read more