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Council on Anti-racism and Equity

The Council on Anti-racism and Equity (CARE) includes representatives from the school’s faculty, students, alumni, and staff. It advises the dean and provides a mechanism for communication of needs and issues to the school’s senior leadership. It focuses on the action areas of inclusive community, academics and classroom culture, and representation

In a message to the Yale SOM community on May 19, 2022 , Dean Kerwin K. Charles
announced the upcoming launch of two new initiatives created and developed by CARE:

  • CARE Colloquia: A high-impact speaker series that will bring underrepresented professionals of color regularly to campus to visit and engage with the SOM community.
  • CARE Video Podcast: A podcast series with episodes focused on issues of anti-racism and equity, created and run by all members of all segments of the SOM community—students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Learn more about CARE’s progress during its inaugural year.

Questions or suggestions for the council can be directed to som.inclusion.diversity@yale.edu.

CARE Members

Jamila Abston ’17, Partner, Ernst & Young
Jamila Abston is a partner in the EY Financial Services Business Consulting practice, where she provides risk, compliance, and regulatory consulting services to key wealth and asset management and banking and capital markets clients. Jamila rejoined EY from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) where she served as the assistant regional director for the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations. In this role, Jamila served as an expert advisor for the SEC Examinations program, specializing in compliance program effectiveness, risk analytics, enterprise risk management, and cybersecurity for the asset management industry. She led and participated in hundreds of SEC Examinations and Enforcement investigations of investment advisers, investment companies, broker-dealers, transfer agents, alternative funds, and other industry participants.

Jamila is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF). She has a BA in accounting from Florida A&M University, a MS in accountancy from the University of Virginia, and an MBA in asset management from Yale University.  She was recently appointed to the SEC Investor Advisory Committee—a group that advises the commission on regulatory priorities, trading strategies, fee structures, the effectiveness of disclosure, and other initiatives to protect investor interests.

Jamila is on the leadership team of the EY Black Professional Network and the EY Anti-Racism Task Force focusing on the recruitment, retention, and advancement of minorities.  She is a Lifetime Member of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) and an active member of the American Institute for Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Association for Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). Jamila also serves on the Board of Directors of Sanctuary for Families, New York’s leading service provider for domestic violence survivors.  Jamila has received numerous accolades, including the Crain’s Notable Women in Accounting and Consulting Award, the Yale Alumni Association Leadership Award, and the SEC Community Service Award, among others. 

Jamila joined the council because she is passionate about equity and inclusion for underrepresented individuals in the business field. Working with the council will further her personal and professional commitments to increasing leadership opportunities for diverse individuals in the Yale SOM community and beyond.

Nicholas C. Barberis, Stephen and Camille Schramm Professor of Finance, Yale SOM
Nicholas Barberis is a faculty member in the finance group at SOM; he joined the school in 2004. His area of research is behavioral finance, which tries to make sense of financial markets and the financial decisions of households using ideas from the field of psychology. Nicholas teaches the subject to students in the full-time MBA program; the MBA for Executives program; the Master’s in Asset Management program; and the PhD program. Over the years, in addition to teaching and research, he has taken on a number of administrative roles, including: senior faculty hiring; junior faculty hiring; PhD admissions; Dean Search committee; curriculum review; finance group’s representative to the school’s Appointments, Curriculum, and Strategy (ACS) committee; and numerous promotion committees.

Nicholas accepted the dean’s invitation to join the council because it is trying to make progress on issues that are important to the school and to society at large. He will do his best to help, drawing on his experiences at SOM in the past 15 years.

Cydney H. Dupree, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, Yale SOM
A social psychologist by training, Dr. Dupree studies social inequality, and the stereotypes that maintain it. Using interdisciplinary approaches grounded in theory, her research program examines the sources of stereotypes, the forms that stereotypes take, and the impact that stereotypes have on intergroup interactions and social inequality.

Dr. Dupree earned her B.A. in psychology with honors from Brown University and her Ph.D. in psychology and social policy from Princeton University. While at Princeton, she was recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Student Fellowship and a member of Princeton University’s Joint Degree Program in Social Policy.

Her work has appeared in leading psychology and multi-disciplinary journals, including Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. Her work has also appeared in several media outlets, including the Washington Post, USA Today, and NPR. 

Cydney joined the council to enact concrete, evidence-driven changes that can make SOM more representative and inclusive of minoritized, U.S.-based students and faculty.

Dan Harris ’22, MBA Student
Dan is a first-year MBA student at the Yale School of Management. At SOM, Dan is a member of the leadership team for the Business Students for Racial Equity club and helped plan the Yale Economic Development Symposium. Prior to attending Yale, Dan worked in urban, public education for six years. He taught middle school math and science for two years in Providence, Rhode Island, through Teach For America and for two years at Brooke Mattapan Charter School in Boston, Massachusetts, before becoming director of data at Brooke Charter Schools Network. Dan is passionate about working towards racial and economic justice and is particularly interested in community development post-MBA. Dan has a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in education from Rhode Island College. 

Dan joined the council to help make Yale SOM a more equitable and inclusive community. I am excited for this council's opportunity to create systemic and lasting progress towards racial equity.

Elizabeth Oliver-Lynch, Financial Analyst, Faculty and Research, Yale SOM
Elizabeth graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with honors, where she earned a bachelor of science in accounting and later received her MBA. 

Elizabeth brings more 15 years of experience in finance and administration. Elizabeth currently serves as a financial analyst at the Yale School of Management. Her role focuses on faculty and research, which broadly covers budgeting, reporting, and fiscal planning for all SOM faculty-related financial activities and SOM centers. 

Elizabeth is a multigenerational “New Havener” with strong ties to the community. She actively volunteers as an executive board member on the New Haven Scholarship Fund and sound engineer at her church, Kingdom Life.  Elizabeth loves traveling, trying new restaurants, and freelancing as a photographer.  

Elizabeth has experienced exposure to many of the disparities within the New Haven community and she is passionate about addressing the systemic issues surrounding institutional racism. Elizabeth joined the council to serve as a voice for those underrepresented and to be a part of the solution that addresses and actively confronts racial disparities within SOM.

Enoc Reyes, Media and Production Control Center Specialist, Yale SOM
A New Haven native with a career in IT/media in higher education that spans more than two decades, Enoc has worked for Yale SOM for more than six years. Pre-COVID, he played an integral role in transitioning the school to an online format that allowed for the continuation of the school’s curriculum during the pandemic. His knack for learning and technology has driven him to continue to explore new ways to bridge connections, shorten the digital divide, and disseminate information with the use of technology.

Excited to put his experience and knowledge to good use, Enoc hopes to contribute to this council with ideas and meaningful actions to help tackle systemic racism and equity that will further the school’s mission and add to this very important national conversation at this unique moment in time.

Jordon Rose ’22, MBA Student
As a first-year student, Jordon is a leader for the Black Business Association and Out of Office. He began his MBA to nurture his journey towards starting a social enterprise that uses exposure therapy to help learners address bias and prejudice. 

With a background in psychology and consulting, Jordon focuses on motivational behavior and organizational design. He’s worked on everything from organizational design projects to network productivity improvement projects to executive strategy brainstorming. 

Jordon graduated with honors from Howard University. He grew up in Philadelphia and considers himself a proud child of hip-hop and the hippie movement. Jordon spent his formative years volunteering with the YMCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, public schools, and the Smithsonians. 

Jordon joined the council because the 1960s, specifically the Civil Rights and the hippie counterculture movements, taught him that when one finds a problem one must solve it.

Miya Sharpe ’20, Senior Consultant, Deloitte Consulting
Miya Sharpe is currently pursuing racial justice and equity through organizational design, inclusive leadership, and effective teams. As a senior consultant within Deloitte’s Human Capital practice, she focuses on DEI strategy and implementation for companies across several industries.

Her professional experience prior to joining Deloitte was at 3M in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her career at 3M started in marketing, but most of Miya’s tenure at 3M was in corporate social responsibility (CSR) at 3Mgives, the corporate foundation. In this role, she streamlined grants operations processes, led the employee resource group investment strategy and execution, and managed a multi-million-dollar portfolio supporting nonprofits across the country. One of the things she’s most proud of accomplishing during her time at 3M is pitching, securing funding for, and implementing the foundation’s first grant program focused uniquely on closing the racial education achievement gap.

Miya graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in marketing in 2014 from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. She earned her MBA from Yale SOM in 2020.

Miya joined the council because she realized it was the best way to sustain traction for the efforts of SOM Alumni for Change, a group of over 600 alumni committed to seeing measurable change in racial equity at SOM, particularly for African-American students. The group was formed after the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and Rayshard Brooks.

Mark Walton ’79, President, Sales & Marketing, One Caribbean Television
Over his 40-year career, Mark has been an entrepreneur in the media and entertainment space, has held senior leadership positions at TV and film companies, and has been a management consultant to several public and private sector entities seeking to engage with Africa, the Caribbean, and their Diaspora.
Mark is currently president of sales and marketing for One Caribbean Television, a TV network providing news and entertainment to Caribbean enthusiasts in the U.S., Canada, and throughout the region. Prior to this, he was a member of the team that launched the Africa Channel in the U.S and the UK.

He has a passion for teaching and was an adjunct instructor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business for over 20 years. He is currently affiliated with the Media Management program at the New School in New York. 

Mark was a member of the second graduating class at the Yale School of Management and has served on the school’s Board of Advisors.  He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University’s College of Communication, where he earned his BS in journalism, and currently sits on the Dean’s Advisory Board.   

Mark sees the council as the next step in developing sustainable and actionable strategies that address racial imbalances at Yale SOM. He is honored to contribute.

Ex Officio

Kristen Beyers, Assistant Dean for the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, Yale SOM (she/her/hers)
Kristen is a mission-driven leader passionate about enabling others to succeed. Kristen brings 20 years of human capital and diversity experience across industries. Kristen currently serves as assistant dean for the Office of Inclusion and Diversity at Yale School of Management, leading the school’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts. Most recently, Kristen was an HR, talent, and diversity leader with The Hartford. In prior years, Kristen worked at Yale SOM in career development and admissions functions. Earlier in her career, Kristen was an MBA recruiter at Cambridge Associates and in organizational development at Boston Medical Center. 

Kristen graduated magna cum laude from Providence College with a B.A. in psychology and holds a M.Ed. degree in human resources education from Boston University. Kristen enjoys adventures with her husband, two children, and dog, and likes reading, food and wine, and being near the water. 
Kristen is thrilled to see this inaugural council take shape with an intentional focus on anti-racism and equity, as this will further the school’s existing Inclusion and Diversity efforts.


Camila Souza, Associate Director for the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, Yale SOM (she/her/hers)
Camila Souza is an Associate Director  for the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, at Yale School of Management. Prior to joining the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, Camila was an Employer Partnerships Manager in the Career Development Office, where she worked closely with recruiters and alumni in developing effective recruiting strategies on campus. Before Yale SOM, Camila worked as a Community Manager for various technology companies and co-founded a communication strategy company in Miami, Fl.

Born in Brazil and raised in Peru, Camila earned a master’s degree in international relations and diplomacy from Leiden University, in The Netherlands. She is currently finishing a second master’s in HR with a focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion from Georgetown University. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Florida International University.

Camila is passionate about establishing relationships and collaborating to facilitate cross cultural dialogue and creating more inclusive environments. She also loves to try new cuisines and is always looking for TV show recommendations. She also enjoys chilling with her husband and baby son.

Executive Sponsor

Kerwin K. Charles, Indra K. Nooyi Dean & Frederic D. Wolfe Professor of Economics, Policy, and Management
Kerwin K. Charles is the Indra K. Nooyi Dean and Frederic D. Wolfe Professor of Economics, Policy, and Management at the Yale School of Management.

During his scholarly career, Dean Charles has studied and published on topics including earnings and wealth inequality, conspicuous consumption, race and gender labor market discrimination, the intergenerational transmission of economic status, worker and family adjustment to job loss and health shocks, non-work among prime-aged persons, and the labor market consequences of housing bubbles and sectoral change. He is the Vice President of the American Economics Association, the Vice Chair of NORC at the University of Chicago, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an elected Fellow of the Society of Labor Economics. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, is a member of the Federal Economic Statistics Advisory Committee, and sits on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Labor Economics.