A Commitment to Action
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Leeds are dense words. Their meaning and implications extend far beyond a strategy or business plan. At their core, they are about how we value all in our community. They carry the ideal of equal valuation of everyone, and encourage us to face historic and contemporary impediments related to this ideal, and the subsequent incomprehensible costs of falling short of this to particular people and communities. This ideal carries us forward as we strive to play the most impactful role we can in the climate we create within Leeds, in how we educate the next generation of leaders, and in how we create impactful research that shapes the future.
At Leeds, our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is a long-standing one. Since we received the naming gift for our business school in 2001, this has been a central focus. That said, we recognize there is much important work to be done. While we celebrate successes, there are many areas where we can have a larger impact and where we have fallen short. To that end, this page is part of our efforts. It’s here that we seek to inform those within and outside of Leeds that we are committed to an ideal that we believe will make us all better. On this page we will state the depths and heights we intend to reach and celebrate the ways in which our words and intentions become reality and true impact. We will also seek to be honest and vulnerable in our inevitable shortcomings, knowing that accountability and constant learning are central to forward progress.
It has been a heart wrenching moment in time. Having to bear witness to the brutal acts of violence against Black people across the country, many communities including our own have been left to deal with the resulting pain, anguish, and anger. We also know that the response we have seen does not stem from just these recent events, but rather the historic nature of oppression and violence against communities of color in our country. Current events also bring to the fore how critical it is to understand and encourage the full participation of those who are marginalized. I stand beside everyone in the Leeds community, pledging to be an ally on this. I will continue to listen and take action in ensuring safety and equity of our students, staff, and faculty of color, and of those in all of our underrepresented communities. I will also engage our community here at Leeds and beyond to take impactful action to improve equity, inclusion, and safety.
I stress that evidence-based action is critical to these efforts. Throughout my career, I have had the great honor of working alongside some of the foremost scholars in the fields of law, sociology, and psychology committed to civil rights, diversity, and inclusion. While there are many important insights that scholars are contributing to our understanding of how to effect change, one important insight is that it is relatively easy to engage in actions that are more symbolic than substantive. Additionally, perceptions of tokenism contribute to negative organizational outcomes, and form part of the foundation for insights related to the importance of inclusion. These evidence-based insights related to some of my own research inform my personal orientation towards the progress we aim to make at Leeds with regard to DEI. We commit to pursuing actions that are substantive, and to creating a climate and a world where we have equal participation and engagement.
An institution of higher education is a special place. All of us in the Leeds community recognize the honor and responsibility we have to inform and shape future generations of leaders. We take this responsibility very seriously.
One of our five values at Leeds is Inclusion:
I can’t help but feel hope and optimism amidst the anger and anguish. I have witnessed first-hand the incredible strength, empathy, compassion, openness, creativity, and resilience of our broader Leeds community. I see an opportunity to use our increased awareness and energy around justice to deepen our conversations and inspire new actions focused on how we can work together as a community to actively shape a better future.
~Sharon Matusik, Dean - A Message of Solidarity and Commitment to a Better Future
Demonstrating Our Commitment to Change
Graduate Programs at the Leeds School of Business supports an inclusive experience through our recruitment efforts, outreach programs, career support and learning opportunities for students that come from diverse and underrepresented populations.
Leeds is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in student recruitment, access to educational and career services, and creation of customized programs that (a) meet the distinctive needs of students from diverse cultural backgrounds and (b) foster intercultural learning experiences that enhance career readiness.
Research, teaching and service to the Leeds community are the three ways that our faculty support diversity, equity and inclusion and help the school foster a community where everyone thrives.
To launch leaders that reflect our communities, support insights that move us toward a more inclusive world and to engage the whole business community, the Centers of Excellence at the Leeds School have committed to lift up diverse voices and support equity.
Ready to be a part of the solution? Join the Leeds School to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion by accessing resources, getting engaged, and investing in programs for change.
The CU Boulder Inclusion, Diversity and Excellence in Academics (IDEA) Plan is the culminating efforts of four years of groundwork and effort, the Inclusion, Diversity and Excellence in Academics (IDEA) Plan is officially complete and available for the campus.
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