DEI Leadership

Lerzan Aksoy

Lerzan Aksoy, PhD
Dean | Gabelli School of Business

Clarence E. Ball III

Clarence E. Ball III
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion | Gabelli School of Business

Fordham University is dedicated to the core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion and makes resources available specifically for the Gabelli School community. Dean Lerzan Aksoy actively allocates resources to diversity-related initiatives and programs. GSB is so committed to DEI that we reach beyond our resources to work with alumni, foundations, and corporations to subsidize most of our DEI programming.

The DEI team proudly collaborates with the Center for Community Engaged Learning, Admissions Office, Office of Personal and Professional Development, The Foundry  and others to uphold our DEI mission and goals. 

Clarence E. Ball III is the key driver of our equity work. He has been leading the Gabelli School’s DEI initiatives since 2017, although he joined our faculty in 2014. He was appointed as Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for GSB in 2019. In this capacity, he works with students, faculty, staff, alumni, corporate and community partners, AACSB, Admissions Office, Center for Community Engaged Learning as well as the University’s DEI leadership. Collaborating with the above stakeholders Clarence has been able to contribute to our Jesuit ethos, and uphold our Ignatian values as well. 

Please see below the programs and initiatives he has spearheaded with the aforementioned stakeholders: 

Clarence has been a full-time faculty member here at GSB for nine years. Additionally, he is a doctoral candidate in the Graduate School of Education here at Fordham University. He has been studying and researching the psychology of racial bias in academic environments in the CLAIR program. In 2019, he completed the two-year Advanced Diversity Practitioner’s Certificate at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He is a certified diversity professional and an advanced practitioner (CCCDP/AP).  He is a proud member of The Abyssinian Baptist Church of Harlem (est. 1808), Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. (est. 1911), and the One Hundred Black Men of New York (est. 1964).




Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiatives
Fordham University, Gabelli School of Business
441 E. Fordham Rd.
Hughes Hall - Fifth Floor, Suite 533
Bronx, NY 10458

Phone: 718-817-0459 | Fax: 718-817-4999 | Email: [email protected]