EXCLUSIVE: UA promotes program ONLY for 'Black, Hispanic, Native American, and/or LGBT+' students

The program touts a commitment to “diversity,” but excludes many ethnic and demographic groups.

In a recent email blast, the University of Alabama promoted a program hosted by Morgan Stanley and restricted to very specific groups of students.

The University of Alabama recently promoted a specifically targeted professional development opportunity in the name of “diversity and inclusion.”

A Morgan Stanley Bank student professional enhancement opportunity, promoted by the University of Alabama, is only available to “Black, Hispanic, Native American, and/or LGBT+” students. 

UA’s Culverhouse College of Business career center distributed multiple emails to business students advertising Morgan Stanley’s “2020 Freshman Enhancement Program.” The opportunity entails a one-week paid program at Morgan Stanley’s New York City headquarters.

Campus Reform obtained copies of one of the emails sent to students. 

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According to Morgan Stanley’s description, “The week will include valuable training, as well as opportunities to network with each other and learn from Morgan Stanley professionals across our divisions.”

Among listed requirements for the program was one specifying that applicants be “Black, Hispanic, Native American, and/or LGBT+” freshmen undergraduate students. The program is meant to provide “the opportunity to experience Morgan Stanley culture first-hand” specifically to “Black, Hispanic, Native American and LGBT+ students.”

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The bank explains that the program is designed to “help diverse college freshmen gain a better understanding of the various businesses and career paths Morgan Stanley provides.” 

The promotion touted Morgan Stanley’s “strong commitment to a culture of inclusion,” stating that they “strive to attract and retain top candidates from all backgrounds through a focus on recruitment, career development and individual advancement.”

The program will take place from Monday, May 18 through Friday, May 22. 

Campus Reform reached out to the university for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.