Creating Opportunities for Young Students Can Drive Diversity

In 2007, our general counsel (Louis J. Briskman, CBS Corp.) launched a pro bono and community service program in our offices around the country. In addition to providing legal services, the law department has adopted an elementary school located in lower Manhattan. Participation in this program has been exceedingly rewarding and enriching for the students, as well as for the lawyers in the department, including me.

In April, some of the lawyers in our law department attended a career day at the elementary school where we spoke to fourth and fifth graders--predominately African-American and Latino. At the start of the period, I polled the students by asking them, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Several of the young boys and girls enthusiastically responded that they wanted to be rappers, actresses, models, football stars and basketball players. I knew at that point that this career day would be a great opportunity to expose them to something new.

Laurie Robinson

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