Equity, Diversity, And Inclusion

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Stories of equity, diversity and Inclusion

EDI Award

UNCG BRYAN SCHOOL RECEIVES 2024 INSPIRING PROGRAMS IN BUSINESS AWARD

Inspiring Programs in Business Award winners were selected by Insight Into Diversity based on efforts to inspire and encourage a new generation of young people to consider careers in business through mentoring, teaching, research, and successful programs and initiatives.

by the numbers

#2

On-Campus MBA in U.S. – Greatest Resources for Minority Students

Princeton Review, 2022

43%

of our faculty identify as female as of Fall 2021

26%

of our faculty are from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as of Fall 2021

52.5%

of our student body are from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as of Fall 2022

From our dean

UNC Greensboro was founded in 1891 as the State Normal and Industrial School. The school, the first and only public university in North Carolina founded for the purpose of educating women, provided instruction in business, domestic science, and teaching. There are two critical points here. First, business was one of the foundational disciplines at UNCG. Second, UNCG was founded to promote Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI). The takeaway is that EDI is in the Bryan School’s DNA.

While, for the longest time, the concern was equity for women, increasing gender diversity in the workplace, and ensuring that women were included, our understanding of those has expanded over 130-plus years to embrace equity, inclusion, and diversity in all their forms, and without regard to whether it is for students, faculty, or staff.

I believe it is this commitment to EDI that has helped the Bryan School become the most diverse business school in North Carolina in student enrollment. As important, the Bryan School also graduates more African American undergraduate business students and the combination of African American and LatinX undergraduate business students, than ANY business school in North Carolina; no other business school is close.

If you ask why we are so successful, I can offer several reasons.

  • As noted above, EDI is in our DNA at UNCG and the Bryan School. Related to that is that a diverse population attracts others who want to be part of that diverse population.
  • UNCG and the Bryan School are known for providing a Culture of Care; it was a major part of my attraction to the opportunity to become dean of the Bryan School 12 years ago. Students recognize that and value it, as do our faculty and staff. It is not merely about caring for our students; it is about mutual care and respect that connects in all directions.
  • Beyond the Culture of Care is the sense of inclusion and belonging. I hear that often from our students, but it starts with our faculty members and staff. They are committed to inclusion and belonging for all our students.
  • While our faculty and staff are not as diverse as I would like, we are far more diverse than our peer and aspirant business schools around the U.S. Students, faculty, and staff know that and appreciate it.

We are not perfect. Far from it. Nonetheless, EDI is important to us in the Bryan School, and we will continue to strive to improve. We will do so not because it is politically correct or popular, but because we value it. Furthermore, research has demonstrated that diverse perspectives yield better decisions. As we strive to develop, and be, exceptional problem solvers, EDI is imperative for our future success.

Dr. mcrae “mac” Banks

Dean
Margaret & Harrell Hill Distinguished Professor

mcbanks@uncg.edu

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