Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group
The new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group (DEI WG) was established in Summer 2020 to address anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism. The DEI WG is working to establish a strategic plan that identifies actions to cultivate a vibrant and inclusive academic and work environment at the Schulich School of Business. Doing so requires addressing systemic barriers to inclusion, changing the culture of the school, re-thinking curriculum, and increasing the representation of Black and Indigenous students, staff, instructors, and faculty. The DEI WG is mandated to address the following priority areas.
- Identify ways to create greater Black and Indigenous representation among our students;
- Identify ways to create greater Black and Indigenous representation among staff, instructors, and faculty;
- Integrate Black and Indigenous perspectives into our curriculum and learning;
- Strengthen our engagement with external stakeholders, within and outside York University, aimed at developing careers of Black and Indigenous people;
- Foster a culture of inclusion of Black and Indigenous staff, students, instructors, and faculty that involves safety around having conversations about race and racism, active allyship, and being your authentic self.
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We are listening. If you have comments, ideas, stories, or feedback please share them here. We will integrate your feedback and anecdotes into the working recommendations. All comments will be treated confidentially and will only be read by members of the DEI WG.
Preliminary Issues and Recommendations
In August and September 2020 members of the DEI WG began collecting anecdotal stories from students, staff, instructors, faculty, and alumni about their experiences at the Schulich School of Business. The anecdotal evidence helped the DEI WG craft preliminary issues and recommendations. The preliminary issues and recommendations described below will change as the DEI WG continues its work, collecting more data, soliciting feedback, and continuing dialogue. In finalizing the issues and recommendations, short-, medium-, and long-term objectives will be identified. The DEI WG plans to create a full report by Spring 2021.
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Issues: We heard about how Black and Indigenous students do not see themselves fitting in at Schulich or pursuing business education as a career path; a lack of infrastructure to support Black and Indigenous students (e.g., financial support); and anti-Black and anti-Indigenous bias in student admission decisions.
Recommendations: Ideas so far involve enhancing educational engagement with Black and Indigenous high school students to show that business education is a possibility; scholarships for Black and Indigenous students; and planned and continued education about race and racism for all people involved in admissions decisions. One-off anti-racism training is not enough.
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Issues: We heard about how Black and Indigenous students do not seem themselves represented in our educational and work environment; and that Black and Indigenous staff and instructors do not know where to turn for support when experiencing racism.
Recommendations: Ideas so far involve creating a DEI advisory committee that is a part of the governance structure of Schulich; communicating an aim, and formalizing a process, of hiring more Black and Indigenous instructors; and creating chaired professorships for Black and Indigenous faculty.
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Issues: We heard about how racist ideas are taught in courses; students are unaware of safe reporting structures when witnessing acts of racism; classroom environments are not inclusive and favour White and male students; and instructors and faculty feel uncomfortable addressing topics of race and racism.
Recommendations: Ideas so far involve changes to curriculum to incorporate race, racism, and colonialism into core courses and related electives; all new students to receive education on DEI during orientation; all instructors and faculty to partake in planned and continued education about race, racism, and colonialism; and changing instructor evaluations to incorporate DEI criteria.
Strengthening our engagement with external stakeholders, within and outside York University, aimed at developing careers and entrepreneurship of Black and Indigenous peopleView details Hide details
Issues: We heard about how business schools are not doing enough to support the careers and entrepreneurial endeavours of Black and Indigenous people in our local communities.
Recommendations: Ideas so far involve building partnerships with local organizations dedicated to supporting entrepreneurial endeavours of Black and Indigenous people.
Foster a culture of inclusion of Black and Indigenous staff, students, instructors, and faculty that involves safety around having conversations about race and racism, allyship, and being your authentic selfView details Hide details
Issues: We heard about daily experiences of anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism at Schulich; mental health challenges faced by Black and Indigenous staff, students, instructors, and faculty; a lack of a collective understanding about race, racism, and colonialism; and collective discomfort in talking about race and racism.
Recommendations: Ideas so far involve formulating a Schulich anti-racism policy; implementing a safe reporting structure that is under the purview of a DEI advisory committee; a dedicated staff position for supporting DEI initiatives and mental health; and naturalizing conversations about race, racism, and colonialism as a part of our every day.
Although much work needs to be done, there are also initiatives underway. Below is a list of ongoing initiatives.
- Schulich School of Business co-sponsors special event, “Living in Reciprocity: Black, Brown, and Indigenous Solidarities.” Find out more information here.
- Black Graduate Business Network (BGBN) for graduate students. More information can be found at their website.
- Black Student Association (BSA) for undergraduate students. They can be reached by email at: email@example.com
- Business Certificate Program with A Different Booklist Cultural Centre (ADBCC) headed by Ashwin Joshi (Associate Professor of Marketing). This partnership involves webinars about marketing, human resource management, and operations management for Canadians of African and Caribbean ancestry.
Meet the Members
Associate Professor of Organization Studies
York Research Chair in Stigmatization and Social Identity
Professor of Accounting
Associate Dean, Academic
Professor of Education
Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community, & Diaspora
Senior Advisor on Equity and Representation at York University
Marketing Manager, BMO Private Wealth
Sr. Managing Consultant, IBM Canada
CEO & CIO
(Former GBC President 2019-2020)
Wealth Management Generalist
RBC Global Asset Management
Associate Professor of Organization Studies
Ann Brown Chair in Organization Studies
Associate Professor of Marketing
Associate Professor of Organization Studies and Business Sustainability
Director BBA/iBBA programs
History of Capitalism
Project Management and Information Systems
Recruitment & Communication Coordinator
Paula Gowdie Rose
April J. Walker
Student Success Coordinator
President at Undergraduate Business Society
Founding President at Schulich Black Student Association
Vice President of Operations at Undergraduate Business Society
Daniela Espitia Garcia
MMKG Candidate '21
Social Director at Graduate Business Council
Corporate Relations Manager at Graduate Business Council
Digital Social Events Manager at Graduate Business Council