PwC gives Bryant record $1.35 million gift to support diversity initiatives
SMITHFIELD, RI – PwC, the world’s largest accounting firm and one of the largest professional services firms overall, is giving Bryant University a record $1.35 million to support diversity initiatives focused on student scholarships and leadership development. The donation is part of the University’s historic capital campaign, Expanding the World of Opportunity: The Campaign for Bryant’s Bold Future, and as a result, its Center for Diversity and Inclusion will be named for PwC at dedication ceremonies February 17.
For more than three decades, PwC has been a dynamic corporate partner to Bryant, working with the University to increase diversity at the school and within the accounting profession. Bryant’s accounting program is ranked among the nation’s top programs, recognized as No. 4 in the country by College Factual/U.S.A. Today . PwC currently employs more than 300 Bryant University alumni, 16 of whom are partners and who volunteer at the University on many fronts including guest lecturing and serving on the Accounting Advisory Board and Bryant’s Board of Trustees.
"Bryant is extremely grateful for our longstanding partnership with PwC, which has contributed so much to the transformational learning experiences of our students."
The PwC Center for Diversity and Inclusion, located within the Michael E. ’67 and Karen Fisher Student Center, comprises Bryant’s Intercultural Center, Gertrude Meth Hochberg Women's Center, Pride Center, Disability Services, the Interfaith Center, and Campus Ministries. Together, they work to create a supportive and inclusive campus environment for Bryant’s student body of approximately 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students.
“Bryant is extremely grateful for our longstanding partnership with PwC, which has contributed so much to the transformational learning experiences of our students. Beyond their leadership financial participation, PwC partners generously contribute their time and expertise to enhance the vibrant educational experience of Bryant students,” said Bryant President Ronald K. Machtley.
“The unique partnership between Bryant and PwC is beneficial to the students of the University and the clients of our firm. This new step in that relationship will broaden what we can offer to help train and develop young diverse talent well into the future,” said PwC Partner Bob Calabro ’88, a member of the University’s Board of Trustees.
Launched in September 2014, Bryant’s $75 million capital campaign , Expanding the World of Opportunity: The Campaign for Bryant’s Bold Future , is the largest fundraising effort in the University’s history and has already raised more than $54 million toward the campaign goal, exceeding the total amount raised in Bryant’s previous capital campaign which concluded in 2004.