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TeamMBA Month Culminates a Year of Giving Back

Kogod MBA students participate in the “Making a Difference is Our Business” co-curricular program.

Kogod students are in the business of giving back.  The “Making a Difference is Our Business” co-curricular program provides graduate students the opportunity to work together on service projects throughout the year.  This April, student volunteers joined forces with TeamMBA, a global initiative to strengthen the relationship between business schools and their local communities, to help more closely connect Kogod and Washington, DC community.

Kogod’s participation in TeamMBA reflects a broad effort to integrate community engagement into the educational experience and mold leaders whose sense of social responsibility reflects their business expertise.  Throughout the month, students volunteered at the Washington Youth Garden, Loaves and Fishes Meal Program, and hosted a food drive for the Foggy Bottom Food Pantry. 

“It only took a few hours here and there to be able to make a small difference,” part-time MBA student Luisa Reyes said.  “I enjoyed the variety of community service projects and this was an excellent way to get to know fellow Kogod students.”

Since TeamMBA was launched by the Graduate Management Admissions Council® (GMAC) in 2005, thousands of students, staff, and faculty from business schools have donated thousands of volunteer hours.  GMAC is an international nonprofit association of leading business schools and sponsors of the GMAT test.

In addition to TeamMBA month, Kogod graduate students volunteered a total of 126 hours in their community through the “Making a Difference is Our Business” program. This year’s nonprofit partners included, Washington Parks and People, DC Central Kitchen, and the Washington Home and Community Hospice.

“Thanks to Kogod, I was able to give back to a city that I have lived in for almost two years,” full-time MBA student Dave Crespo said. “The experience was incredibly gratifying and I look forward to doing more. My praises go out to the staff and volunteers who do this every weekend.”