ADL and Abercrombie & Fitch Bring Anti-Bias Training to High School and College Campuses in New York and Atlanta
New York, NY, November 1, 2006 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and Abercrombie & Fitch have joined forces to bring anti-bias diversity training programs to colleges and high schools in New York and Atlanta as part of a unique public-private partnership aimed at confronting prejudice and stereotypes among young people.
As part of ADL's A CAMPUS OF DIFFERENCE™ program, Abercrombie & Fitch is underwriting the delivery of the League's award-winning anti-bias diversity training programs at Spelman College in Atlanta and Baruch College in New York. The programs for student leaders and others took place at Baruch College in October, and others are scheduled for November at Spelman.
"Abercrombie & Fitch has shown a commitment to diversity, not only among its own associates, but also at the colleges and universities who may produce their next crop of corporate leaders," said Gary M. Bretton-Granatoor, ADL Director of Education. "It is this type of forward thinking that creates a win-win situation for students and their corporate recruiters, who are seeking out those young leaders best prepared to enter into an increasingly diverse workplace."
The Spelman and Baruch campuses were selected by Abercrombie & Fitch in consultation with ADL. The Company has identified several schools across the country for the program, which aims to provide practical, experiential, hands-on training with skills to challenge prejudice, discrimination and all forms of bigotry. A CAMPUS OF DIFFERENCE™, part of the League's acclaimed A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute, is designed to assist students in examining stereotypes, expanding their cultural awareness and exploring the value of diversity. More than 275 colleges and universities have benefited from the program, while 550 more have used ADL's anti-bias educational materials.
Abercrombie & Fitch also has committed to funding the delivery of a newly launched student leadership program, Becoming an Ally: Interrupting Name-Calling and Bullying, a full-day interactive training program for high school students that provides the skills needed to stand up to name-calling and bullying. The trainings will be held at Grady High School in Atlanta on November 6-7 and Richard R. Green High School of Teaching in Manhattan on November 13.
"Our goal in partnering with ADL is to offer provocative learning modules for students, student leaders and those who shape their views," said Todd Corley, Vice President of Diversity for Abercrombie & Fitch. "In a society that is increasingly diverse, it is important to reach them and engage them where they learn."
About Abercrombie & Fitch
Abercrombie & Fitch is a leading specialty retailer offering casual apparel for men, women and kids. The Company's brands include Abercrombie & Fitch, abercrombie, Hollister Co., and RUEHL. The Company operated 356 Abercrombie & Fitch stores, 167 abercrombie stores, 364 Hollister Co. stores and ten RUEHL stores at the end of fiscal September. The Company operates e-commerce websites at www.abercrombie.com, www.abercrombiekids.com, and www.hollisterco.com.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.