We’re always collaborating with members of the McIntire community to find the best ways to leverage diverse talents and perspectives. This extends to programming, training, and constantly improving curriculum so that we can respect differences, understand and break down barriers like implicit bias, and tell the story of how diversity and inclusion positively impact the workplace.
Here are some of the ways we’re educating our community:
COMM 1800: This required introductory course for all undergraduate students interested in McIntire includes a training called "Blind Spots and the Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion,” developed by PwC and the McIntire Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Using business cases, all students work to identify and understand bias and the impact bias can have on workplace decision making.
Third-Year ICE Seminars, "Valuing our COMMunity of Differences": All third-year McIntire students participate in the immersive Integrated Core Experience, a yearlong deep dive into business skills and fundamentals. Every year, McIntire’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers an evening seminar that introduces students to the value of diversity and inclusion at both the organizational and individual levels. Students work within their groups to ensure inclusive practices and discuss the concept of intent versus impact and the importance of allies in the workplace.
Leadership Development for Student Organizations
Student organizations can request customized training and engaging workshops focused on creating inclusive environments with their groups. Topics such as “Ensuring Equitable Selection Processes,” “Including and Encouraging All Members,” and “Diverse Teams by Design” are delivered to support inclusive leaders within co-curricular activities.
Programmatic collaboration with the Black Commerce Student Network, Latino Student Network, Pride at McIntire, Women’s Business Forum, and Smart Woman Securities results in topical or targeted programming opportunities. BCSN and LSN host an August welcome breakfast for all new Black and Latino students. In addition, specific programming and orientation events such as Pride Week, “Out at Work,” and #MeToo at McIntire are offered to community members throughout the academic year.