Trine University international students and members of the Ehinger Fellows, a Trine
student society that promotes and develops professionalism and servant leadership,
learned about diversity efforts in for- and non-profit settings during last fall’s
Immersion Excursion to Detroit.
Since the spring of 2017, the Ketner School of Business has sponsored daylong Industry
Immersion Excursions to major metropolitan areas throughout the Midwest, allowing
Ehinger Fellows and potential Fellows to tour and meet leadership at companies as
well as get a taste of life in the big city. Kelly Trusty, Ph.D., advisor for Ehinger
Fellows, said the goal of the excursions is to expose students to different organizational
models and help them understand how they impact the region, industry and employees
within that organization.
This past fall, Trine University international students also were invited to participate.
The event, which took place Nov. 4, began at the Henry Ford Museum complex. Students
took part in a conversation about what it takes to lead a museum campus with Matt
Elliot, head of creative and digital experiences; Cynthia Jones, general manager,
innovation experiences; Bonnie Lobert, chief talent officer; and Mydashia Hough, diversity
and inclusion manager.
“Our students learned so much from the panel of The Henry Ford Museum, especially
in regards to ensuring individuals of all backgrounds are welcome and are of value
to their non-profit organization,” said Mari McHenry, director of international community
services. “It was very interesting for the students to hear that a museum is in need
of positions in the engineering and business field as well. Who would have thought?”
The group then toured the Ford Rouge Factory that is part of the Henry Ford complex,
learning about the history of manufacturing and seeing modern vehicle manufacturing
“Regardless of majors, everyone was fascinated with the involvement of building a
vehicle,” McHenry said.
Later in the day, the group took part in a diversity discussion and networking event
facilitated by 2020 Trine alumnus Andy Myers, account executive for the NBA’s Detroit
Pistons. The event included speakers from Uniloy, Webasto, Accenture and Intercom,
and students from Ohio Northern, Sienna Heights, Wayne State, Kettering and Tiffin
universities as well as Trine.
The students also watched the Pistons face the Philadelphia 76ers.
“The Henry Ford and Detroit Pistons staff went above and beyond to provide unique,
enriching learning experiences for Trine business and engineering students,” said