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ADL and Abercrombie & Fitch Join to Bring Innovative Anti-Bias Programs to Campuses This Fall

New York, NY, August 9, 2005 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the retailing giant Abercrombie & Fitch have joined forces in the battle against prejudice with a partnership that will bring the League's acclaimed A CAMPUS OF DIFFERENCE™ anti-bias diversity training to college campuses across the United States.

The new partnership will be inaugurated August 18th at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Washington University is the first of five colleges across the country to have committed to bring the highly acclaimed anti-bias workshop programs to their institutions this fall.  Other campuses include The Ohio State University, the University of Houston and The Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement at Spelman College (GA), with additional colleges and universities to be announced.

"We are proud to be able to bring diversity education to some of the nation's most respected institutions of higher learning through this unique partnership with Abercrombie & Fitch," said Caryl M. Stern, ADL Associate National Director.  "To its credit, Abercrombie & Fitch has taken the lead as a responsible corporation concerned not only about diversity in retailing, but in confronting bias and prejudice in the larger society and especially among young people at our nation's premier institutions of higher learning."

 "This is an important initiative for us because it helps us to support the dialogue among college students about the importance of appreciating differences," said Todd Corley, Vice President of Diversity for Abercrombie & Fitch.

ADL's A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute has brought A CAMPUS OF DIFFERENCE to more than 250 colleges and universities, while 500 more have used ADL's anti-bias educational materials.  The program aims to provide practical, experiential, hands-on training with skills to challenge prejudice, discrimination and all forms of bigotry, to foster intergroup understanding, to create inclusive learning environments, and to equip today's college students to live and work in a diverse world. A CAMPUS OF DIFFERENCE has been designed to assist participants to examine stereotypes, expand cultural awareness, and explore the value of diversity; and combat racism, anti-Semitism, and other forms of bigotry.

About Abercrombie & Fitch:
The Company operated 347 Abercrombie & Fitch stores, 162 abercrombie stores, 275 Hollister Co. stores and 5 RUEHL stores at the end of fiscal June. The Company operates e-commerce websites at www.abercrombie.com, www.abercrombiekids.com, and www.hollisterco.com

 


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