Manhattanville College School of Business Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Historic Civil Rights Act

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College community and corporate diversity officers gather for “Diversity Dialogues” symposium and back-to-school reception

Dr. Anthony Davidson, dean, Manhattanville School of Business, with panelists Rachel Cheeks-Givan, Valerie Greenly, Dr. Mona Siu-Kan Lau and Evelyne R. Matthews.

Manhattanville College School of Business observed the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with a special colloquium Tuesday, Sept. 30 in the campus’ historic Reid Castle. More than 75 Manhattanville staff, students, alumni, and members of the business community gathered to explore diversity, inclusion, and cultural sensitivity issues facing the workplace today. Manhattanville College was the only higher educational institution in Westchester County to acknowledge this milestone.

The evening’s esteemed panelists were Rachel Cheeks-Givan, director of global diversity and inclusion, PepsiCo; Valerie Greenly, director of global client services, RW³ CultureWizard; Evelyne R. Matthews, CEO, Matthews and Matthews Consulting (; and Dr. Mona Siu-Kan Lau, Manhattanville College adjunct faculty member, co-founder of both Women on Wall Street and European Women in Business. The panelists engaged in conversation about the history of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, emerging trends, and best practices in the arena of diversity and inclusion. Each speaker provided a unique lens on issues – disabilities, race, sexual orientation, culture, nationality, and values – based on their field of work.

“Our students come from all walks of life, many of whom face different types of challenges,” said Dr. Anthony Davidson, dean of Manhattanville School of Business. “Manhattanville takes great pride in our ability to make these students feel comfortable and welcomed – and that, perhaps, is more important than any of the academics or programs we have established here.”

The colloquium, which followed a special “Welcome Back” cocktail reception, was moderated by Manhattanville College adjunct professor Arthur T. Matthews, with opening remarks by School of Business graduate student David Hylton. In keeping with the college’s diversity initiatives, starting this winter, Matthews will teach a class in Alternative/Appropriate Dispute Resolution. The course will be part of the school’s International Management program curriculum.

“In any negotiation, mediation, or arbitration, you need to know and understand the different cultural norms and be sensitive to cultural styles,” Matthews said. “Diversity is a component of any business environment, especially in doing business globally.”

For more information about Manhattanville School of Business programs, please contact business(at)mville(dot)edu.

About the Manhattanville School of Business:

For two decades, the Manhattanville School of Business (formerly The School of Graduate and Professional Studies) has helped prepare today’s professionals for tomorrow’s business.

Students capitalize on its extensive faculty and alumni network with graduates and faculty employed at top companies including Morgan Stanley, MasterCard, PepsiCo, the NFL, Verizon, and the New York Stock Exchange.

Located in the heart of Westchester County in Purchase, NY – and surrounded by Fortune 100 and 500 companies – the School of Business has expanded to now offer six Master’s degrees, including, Business Leadership, Finance, Human Resource Management and Organizational Effectiveness, International Management, Marketing Communication Management and Sport Business Management.

The School of Business also offers Advanced Certificates in Business Leadership, Finance, Human Resource Management, and Marketing Communication Management as well as three accelerated Bachelor’s degree programs for adult learners and degree completers.

Manhattanville School of Business prides itself on offering industry-driven content taught by seasoned professionals in convenient weekend or evening schedules; its Master’s degree programs can be completed in as little as 18 months of part-time study.

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