Business schools have a commitment to social responsibility and creating future business and community leaders. Accordingly, AACSB strives to advance diversity and inclusion issues within the organization, its member schools, and the global business community. Recent updates to the standards for accreditation reinforce the idea that celebrating differences in people and ideas and providing a safe and supportive environment in which to do so enhances the educational experience in every business program. AACSB further promotes the value of diversity through partnerships and initiatives such as The PhD Project, the Women Administrators in Management Education Affinity Group, the PhD Pipeline program, and, most recently, the Collective Vision for Business Education.
As members and leaders in global higher education, AACSB business schools have a duty to uphold the equality of rights and opportunities for all individuals, regardless of differentiating traits, and to support knowledge and understanding of how individuals, organizations, and communities can be enriched through inclusive models and practices. Business schools are enabling global prosperity by:
When business schools unlock access and reduce barriers, disadvantaged or underrepresented populations have greater opportunity for full participation in business education and employment.
By developing the skills, mindset, and perspectives, business schools enable individuals to effectively function within varying and at times unpredictable contexts, as well as lead diverse groups of people, which are defining characteristics of the next generation of business leaders.
Business schools can influence tomorrow's workforce not only through teaching but also by demonstrating that they are upstanding and responsible global citizens in their own operations and practices as well as addressing global challenges where business school expertise can play a role.
AACSB's inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Summit, held in November 2017, brought together nearly 80 individuals from 50 business schools to tackle some of the major challenges business schools face around diversity and inclusion. Attendees sought to share best practices and learn about new ideas on how and why to continue this very important conversation with their colleagues, staff, students, and constituents. Just as complex as the various issues that fall under diversity and inclusion, so were the themes and questions raised throughout the summit, leaving participants hungry for more dialogue, idea and practice sharing, and action planning.
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In order to identify strategies and best practices to better prepare students to lead the 21st-century workforce, the White House convened a meeting of administration officials and business school deans. As a result of this meeting, this document was created, which outlines a set of best practices for expanding opportunities for women in business.
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