Diversity partnerships between businesses and schools are leading the way towards re-engaging students. 100 Strong Who Care is an initiative of Minneapolis Public Schools that has developed partnerships with employee resource groups and other business units to provide “inspirational models” for students and encourage them to graduate college and pursue successful careers.
100 Strong Who Care has also designed and developed a business case competition for high schools that will provide businesses with opportunities to mentor the next generation of leaders for business careers.
James C. Burroughs II, Executive Director of Equity and Diversity, Minneapolis Public Schools will be speaking about 100 Strong Who Care at the Opus College of Business Diversity Insights breakfast on June 14, from 8-10 a.m.
Burroughs is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of the equity and diversity strategy for Minneapolis Public Schools' 6,000 employees and 34,000 students. With more than 20 years combined experience in public service, law, diversity and executive leadership, Burroughs applies his expertise to implement business partner diversity strategy (MPS Supplier Diversity); diversity partnerships with employee resource groups (100 Strong Who Care); and diversity and equity professional development (closing the achievement gap). He also oversees the integration plan and strategy for Minneapolis Public Schools and manages the Out 4 Good program that provides inclusion strategies for LGBT students, staff and families.