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

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 Larsen Andras, PhD, professor of marketing

Strategies

Curriculum:

  • Help faculty incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) related assignments into coursework or make courses DEI friendly by developing a list of methods that instructors can draw from (e.g. case study with DEI theme, teach a DEI-related research paper, use diverse names in examples and assignments, and share syllabi with examples of DEI-related assignments).
  • Work with College and department curriculum committees to identify how DEI can be incorporated into more courses and include DEI-related learning objectives in select courses.
  • Incorporate DEI in the College Research and Curriculum Innovation (CRCI) Group so faculty and staff can request resources for new ideas.
  • Create incentives (e.g. recognition or reward) for faculty to build DEI into coursework.

DEI Course Requirements:

  • Add a diversity requirement to LeBow undergraduate degree programs. The Academic Programs Committee (APC) can determine which courses meet the requirement.
  • Create a new undergraduate interdisciplinary LeBow course (probably team-taught) with minimal or no prerequisites, which would be open to all Drexel students (Global & Cultural Competency).
  • Include DEI in CIVC 101 or UNIV 101. Encourage diversity in any groups in these early courses.

Research:

  • Develop an area of research dedicated to DEI issues within business. Infuse this research into the curriculum (how to be aware, lead and teach in that space when working or leading a group or organization).
  • Develop an internal role or unit that will lead this effort.
  • Foster a collaborative research model that involves both faculty and students
  • Recruit diverse faculty applicants in this research area.