DiversityFIRST™ Network was founded on June 1, 2011 in Washington, D.C., through the partnership of Jasmine McElroy of Howard University and Dennis Kennedy of the National Diversity Council. Both Jasmine and Dennis saw the need for an organization that would celebrate diversity in the workplace while assisting students and young professionals in various communities. While Howard University is the first Student chapter, DiversityFIRST™ plans to expand to schools and business communities of young professionals across the US.