In an editorial featured in Atlanta Business Chronicle’s July 27, 2018 Executive Education guide, Dean Maryam Alavi outlined the wide range of efforts within Scheller College of Business and throughout Georgia Tech in pursuit of a more diverse and inclusive campus. Her feature is excerpted below:
“The need to develop diverse teams — inclusive of various races, ethnicities, genders, religions, sexual orientations, socio-economic circumstances, cultures, and perspectives — remains a driving force in business as well as academia.
At Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business, we actively recruit, develop, and engage a broad and diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. We believe diversity enhances individual learning and improves organizational performance, and we are deeply committed to increasing the representation of historically underrepresented minorities in business education. However, the question remains: how can we continue to grow this diverse environment in today’s business schools?
I believe this important work begins with establishing a comprehensive vision and dedicated mission to build and foster an inclusive community. The vision and mission must be bolstered by intentional tactics and measurable outcomes, so that leaders and teams feel empowered and accountable for progress.”
After establishing a vision and mission, Dean Alavi recommends executing the stated strategy through consistent and comprehensive communication, resource allocation for conversations and training, collaboration with internal and external partners, and development of a talent pipeline—all intentionally designed with the unique perspectives and pathways of diverse students in mind.
To read the full article, please visit Atlanta Business Chronicle.
To learn more about Scheller College’s diversity and inclusion efforts, we invite you to read about our partner affiliations, student organizations, and recent news here.