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Fostering a Supportive Environment

We expect and encourage our entire community to acknowledge unique experiences and value differences and collaborate to break down barriers that limit potential and impede success.

Support Initiatives

Here are some ways we support our community:

Affinity Groups
From PRIDE at McIntire and the Black Commerce Student Network to the Women’s Business Forum at McIntire, Smart Woman Securities at UVA, and the Latino Student Network, affinity groups offer a cohesive, supportive environment for underrepresented students of all backgrounds. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion regularly partners with student groups to offer exploratory workshops on Commerce-related subjects, workplace preparation sessions, alumni networking opportunities, social meetups, and specific events such as Out at Work or #MeToo at McIntire.

Diversity Advisory Committee: This committee affirms the value of diversity; oversees the implementation of the strategic diversity initiatives; and seeks opportunities to engage with and improve McIntire’s culture and climate.

McIntire Ally Program: We’ve mobilized our faculty and staff to form an identifiable Ally group that supports all students, including minority students, LGBTQ students, first-generation college students, students with disabilities, veterans, and any other students who may feel marginalized by status or life experiences. Advocating on behalf of students and available to them as mentors, McIntire Allies help them navigate the academic environment, address obstacles, and reduce feelings of isolation, as well as provide a safe space for them to explore problems and solutions.

COMMunity Dialogues: Dialogues bring faculty, staff and students together throughout the semester for discussion of topics that vary from diversity in the workplace to advocating for gender equity to faith and values in leadership. These events, usually hosted around a meal, bring the community of McIntire together engaging McIntire faculty, staff, Allies and students in an open and intimate space for communication and story sharing.