Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Group: Focus Areas & Strategies

About the DEI Action Group

Purpose and Process

In July 2020, in response to increased racial injustices, protests and the Black Lives Matter movement, then Interim Dean Vibhas Madan, PhD, created the LeBow Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Action Group to support the Black community and other marginalized groups within Drexel’s LeBow College of Business.

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The DEI Action Group was formed and charged with three primary goals:

  • Advancing access and equity
  • Recruiting and retaining a diverse student body and workforce
  • Supporting an inclusive campus culture

The group was tasked with examining student life, recruitment and retention, curricular and extracurricular programming, experiential learning opportunities, inclusive teaching practices, and policies and procedures with the goal of determining opportunities to create a culture of awareness and inclusion. Utilizing the data-driven New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) Self-Assessment Rubric for the Institutionalization of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education, as well as a climate survey administered to faculty, staff and students, the group formed seven sub-committees to examine, assess and provide recommendations in following areas:

  • Philosophy and Mission
  • Faculty Support
  • Curriculum
  • Staff Support
  • Student Support
  • Administrative Leadership
  • External Affairs and Community Partnerships

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The LeBow DEI Action Group also collaborated with the Drexel University Anti-Racism Task Force, as well as other University partners focused on inclusive, equitable and diverse initiatives to ensure consistency and share resources.

Initial Work Phases

Phase I: Assessment: After conducting a thorough review of the current state of diversity, equity and inclusion at LeBow, the DEI Action Group presented its Phase I Assessment to the Dean, the LeBow community and additional stakeholders in September 2020.

Phase II: Recommendations: Following this assessment, the sub-committees developed actionable recommendations based on their findings. The group identified specific strategies to accomplish this vision, and these recommendations focus on five areas:

DEI Action Group Members & Sub-Committees

After conducting a thorough assessment of the current state of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) at LeBow, the DEI Action Group formed seven sub-committees to examine, assess and provide recommendations in the following areas:

Student Support

Staff Support

Faculty Support

  • Trina Andras, CHAIR
  • Stanley Braverman
  • Ashley Latorre
  • Natalie Pedersen
  • Samir Shah

Philosophy and Mission

  • Jeffery Levine, CHAIR
  • Maureen Breen
  • Meelan Dullabh
  • Angel Hogan
  • Emily Meekins
  • Kevin Montgomery
  • Alyssa Reiss
  • Diana Sandberg
  • Walter Keith Sheppard
  • Tahir Stills

Curriculum

  • Mark Stehr, CHAIR
  • Lauren D’Innocenzo
  • Lawrence Duke
  • Tony Grangel
  • Jahnavi Kalyan
  • Andres Bisono Leon
  • Stanley Ridgley
  • Kris Risi
  • Jeet Vaghela

Administrative Leadership

External Affairs and Community Partnerships

  • Raquel Arredondo, CHAIR
  • Namit Bhargava
  • Monique Boskett
  • Handel Carter
  • Danesha Chisholm
  • Allison Feld
  • Jane Kuntz
  • Erika Griffin White