Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Group: Focus Areas & Strategies
The LeBow College of Business aspires to be a leader in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) by creating a culture of belonging, transparency and accountability. In July 2020, the LeBow Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Group (DEI Action Group) was created to support the Black community and other marginalized groups within LeBow.
After conducting a thorough review of the current state of diversity, equity and inclusion at LeBow, the DEI Action Group is proud to share its report and recommendations to make this vision a reality. The group identified specific strategies to accomplish this vision, and these recommendations focus on five areas:
- Goal: Create an environment in which all students, staff, faculty and other stakeholders feel welcomed and respected.
- Led by: Jeffrey Levine, JD, PhD, assistant clinical professor of sport business
Recruitment and Retention
- Goal: Create recruitment and retention strategies to increase and maintain the diverse representation of students, faculty and staff, and continually assess climate and sense of belonging for all constituents.
- Led by: Yasmeen Mayes, program manager for LeBow’s Office of Engagement
Curriculum and Research
- Goal: Intentionally include diversity in curricular material and research objectives to reflect the diversity of global leaders and equip students to lead diverse organizations with confidence and humility.
- Led by: Trina Andras, PhD, professor of marketing
Transparency and Accountability
- Goal: Create methods to hold individuals and units accountable for actively participating and engaging in the advancement of DEI initiatives at LeBow, and create transparency around these advancements.
- Led by: Mark Stehr, PhD, director of the School of Economics
- Goal: Provide faculty and staff with the knowledge, awareness and understanding of cultural competencies and humility to create a culture of belonging and create incentives and rewards to acknowledge individual participation in actively creating an inclusive environment.
- Led by: Brian Ellis, PhD, associate dean for academic programs administration at LeBow and executive director of the Goodwin College of Professional Studies and Raquel Arredondo, MA, PHR, associate director for outreach, engagement & professional development for LeBow’s Office of Graduate Career Services