Diversity and Inclusion Summit

November 11-12, 2020 | St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

Diversity and Inclusion Summit

November 11-12, 2020 | St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

Diversity and Inclusion Summit

November 11–12, 2020 | St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

AACSB is closely monitoring COVID-19 and guidance provided by the World Health Organization (WHO). For updates, please visit the AACSB COVID-19 Update PageCurrently, there are no changes to the Diversity and Inclusion Summit.

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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.

This day and a half event is not for those who need convincing that there is more to do but rather for those who are 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. Participants will hear from speakers who have successfully led efforts to make companies, schools, and mindsets more inclusive. They will also learn from one another in workshop-style sessions aimed at helping them explore actions and strategies they can take back to their own institutions.

Learning Objectives 

  • Identify data, tools, and talking points to use in winning over minds, as well as hearts, in pursuit of inclusivity and diversity.
  • Explore and uncover processes and policies at your campus in which unconscious bias is a barrier to your inclusion and diversity objectives.
  • Gain ideas for implementing new programs and initiatives through reflection on best practices from within academia and business.

Who Should Attend

Inclusion and diversity officers and champions, associate and assistant deans, program directors, and deans. 

"The 2018 AACSB Summit provided me the opportunity to network with a diverse group of DEI advocates in various roles. Through attending and building connections with others, it allowed me to connect and learn from their successes. I would highly recommend attending future summits."

Susan Hildebrand, Director of Admissions, MBA and Graduate Programs and Co-Chair Diversity Commiitee, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.

"The Summit was moving, heartbreaking, inspiring, thought provoking, encouraging, and a call to action that business schools can and should be doing more."

Nicole Tarr, Director of Academic Planning and Accreditation, UNC Charlotte

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Do you have more questions? Contact Kaye Lee at kaye.lee@aacsb.edu.