Diversity and Inclusion Director presents at 2019 AACSB Summit

November 18, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – Angela Guidry, Diversity and Inclusion director in the Office of Business Student Success, presented at the 2019 AACSB Diversity and Inclusion Summit for the second year in a row. The summit was held in New Orleans, Nov. 12-13, 2019.

Guidry’s report was entitled 2019 Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace… What Makes it Work? and it addressed why organizations are investing in diversity and inclusion. What do business schools, corporations, and other organizations need from one another to maximize the intended impact? In the session, Guidry and her co-presenter, Tayrn Petryk, director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, explored questions such as: how can we be partners in cultivating a diverse and inclusive workforce that delivers the promised improvements to corporate culture and the bottom line? What’s working well in business schools and corporations, and what’s not? Where are the gaps?

The summit focused on seeking the tools, data, best practices, and insights to convince others of the rationale for change, and the strategies and confidence to implement new approaches in the interest of a more inclusive workplace, student body, and ultimately more inclusive mindsets and collaborations. Businesses have come to recognize the benefits of having a workplace that encourages diversity and embraces a culture of inclusion, as have business schools. Yet believing in the benefits isn’t enough. Despite the best of intentions, unconscious biases persist in workplace policies and practices, in student engagement and educational methods, and in approaches to community outreach and partnerships. Identifying and overcoming these biases and barriers often can only happen after attaining broad buy-in from others through effectively communicating the costs—to the student body, the workforce and the school’s bottom line—of not initiating diversity education and inclusive practices.

About the Office of Business Student Success (OBSS)

The Office of Business Student Success (OBSS) offers students a comprehensive collection of services for educational and professional development. Our goal is to provide students with the tools they need to succeed academically and professionally so they can be prepared to enter the workforce in careers well matched to their talents, interests, and values. OBSS offers Academic advising and counseling, Information sessions and tours for high school students, Scholarship opportunities, Business Residential, College programming, Diversity programming, Study Abroad programming, Career coaching and resume review, Internship advising and Communication and professional development courses. For more information, visit our home page or call 225-578-3211.

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Elizabeth Eaton
E. J. Ourso College of Business
225-578-7833