William Gordon Jr. (MBA '12) is on a mission: to increase representation of minorities and people in marginalized communities at business schools and in the ranks of management. His commitment to diversity won him a merit-based, full-tuition fellowship from the Darden School Foundation through the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management.
At AmeriCorps in New York City, where Gordon worked for three years, he was responsible for the recruitment, training and retention of AmeriCorps members. "My goal was to recruit a mix of people of different levels of education, of people at risk and people not at risk, so that they could get insight from each other."
Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Gordon earned a B.A. in Journalism from New York University and a master’s degree in women’s and gender studies from Rutgers University.
"I chose Darden because I liked the supportive academic environment I found when I visited the campus," he said.
Gordon aims to "be a leader in the nonprofit sector" and to possibly launch his own nonprofit venture to help disenfranchised youth.