Students participating in Stop Hunger Now

Education and Training

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, along with the McIntire Diversity Advisory Committee, is dedicated to providing education and training to faculty, staff, and students to positively engage, improve, and impact the culture and climate at McIntire. 

Curriculum & Programming

COMM 1800: As a required introductory course for all undergraduate students interested in McIntire, COMM 1800 is generally taken during the first year. Beginning in fall 2017, the course (with 500-600 students per semester) includes a lecture on "The Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion," which requires all students to complete a personal implicit-association test (IAT) to help identify and understand implicit bias. Students learn about the concepts of bias and stereotyping and the impact that bias can have on workplace decision making through a business case scenario.

"Valuing our COMMunity of Differences": Beginning in fall 2016, all third-year McIntire students participate in an evening ICE seminar presented by McIntire’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The seminar, which introduces students to the value of diversity and inclusion at both the organizational and individual levels, focuses on individual and team efforts to appreciate differences and maximize team and community outcomes.

Leadership Development:  Student organizations can request customized training and through various topics such as “Including and Encouraging All Members” and “Diverse Teams by Design” they are taught how to create inclusive environments through leadership.

COMMunity Lunch Dialogues: Offered several times each semester, the McIntire Commerce Council and McIntire Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion bring professors and students together for lunch and discussion of topics that vary from diversity in the workplace to faith and values in leadership. These lunches bring the community of McIntire together engaging McIntire faculty, staff, Allies and students in an open space for communication and story sharing.

2017-2018 Highlights

Commerce Community Conversations: The McIntire Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) and the Student Services Office invited all members (faculty, staff, and students) of the McIntire community to Community Conversations to have open conversation regarding the troubling events in Charlottesville and UVA, providing an opportunity to share concerns, ask questions, and offer ideas to help our community members heal and move forward.

#MeTOO at McIntire: During this event co-sponsored by ODEI, Commerce Council, and Alpha Kappa Psi, community members shared stories about their experiences related to gender issues in the workforce, enhancing participants' competency in dealing with difficult workplace situations.

MLK Event: As part of the University’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, ODEI hosted tabling events during which students interacted with civil rights history and earned prizes as they tested their knowledge. In preparation, during the month of January, information relating to the fight for equality, Dr. King, and his legacy was displayed throughout Rouss & Robertson Halls.

"Blind Spots Training" for M.S. in Accounting: PwC used the implicit-association test (IAT) to teach students about their potential unconscious bias that could affect their behavior and treatment of others. Through this training, students learned how to move beyond their blind spots and create a diverse and inclusive work environment.

2016-2017 Highlights

"Appreciating Differences" Student Leadership Development Training: Sponsored by Altria, elected and appointed student leaders participated in this day-long offsite program. The goals were to provide incoming student leaders with tools and strategies for creating inclusive student organizations, encourage students to recognize their own unconscious bias, and encourage them to examine their own leadership styles and inclusive skills.

"Appreciating Differences" Faculty and Staff Training: Generously sponsored by Altria and PwC, these training sessions focused on appreciating differences and creating inclusive communities as McIntire senior leaders and influencers.

2017 Pride Week at McIntire: Featuring Safe Space Training and Pride in the Workplace Panel which gave students, faculty and staff tools to create environments that are inclusive and welcoming to LGBTQ individuals, whether that be in the classroom, in the workplace, or in their personal lives.