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PCSB Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives
“Goal 2: Develop ethical, inclusive, and responsible student leaders, faculty, and staff who welcome diversity of thought and experience.”
– PCBiz 2025 Strategic Plan
Structural Diversity, Access, and Equity
- Number of students of color in business majors grew by 18% and number of business degree completers who are students of color grew by 71% over the past five years, based on fall enrollment from 2015 to 2019.
- Number of first generation students in business majors grew by 7%, although the number of first generation degree completers declined over the past five years, based on fall enrollment from 2015-2019.
- Increased the number of School of Business faculty of color by 25% (from 8 to 10) over the past five years (2015-2019).
- Management Department appointed in August 2020 a tenure-track faculty whose research focus is diversity, equity, and inclusion and who will offer upper level elective(s).
- Worked with The Ph.D. Project across all four departments for past 4 years to mentor doctoral candidates.
- Due to visibility through The Ph.D. Project, hired two Black scholars in the Accountancy Department.
- Search committees follow culturally-sensitive hiring training and protocols (IDEI).
- All faculty and staff interviewees visiting campus are offered open time to reach out to anyone on campus with whom they would like to meet to discuss culture issues.
- In an effort to educate about bias in student course evaluations, PCSB leadership collaborated with campus partners to create a “bias-busting” video that PCSB students view prior to filling out faculty teaching evaluation forms.
- Success Fund, which supports books, extra school fees, and academic advancing costs for PCSB students.
- Financial assistance for participation in the Data Analytics Bootcamp and Data Visualization Bootcamp.
- PCSB Intern Fellowship Program, which supports business majors with U.S.-based internships that would not be feasible without financial support.
- Purchase and installation of lockers in the Ryan Center for students who need storage.
- PCBiz2025, the PCSB’s strategic plan, includes, as one of three overarching goals, a goal dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion. A dashboard records progress toward the five objectives under that goal using specific metrics. Progress is reported to faculty, staff, and the alumni Business Advisory Council annually.
- Since 2017, the PCSB has had an administration-led multi-stakeholder diversity, equity, and inclusion taskforce. In 2020-21, it will become faculty-led. The DEI taskforce meets monthly and works annually to achieve tactical goals for the year and to further multi-year strategic goals.
- Department-level diversity, equity, and inclusion goals were established and reported in summer 2018. In spring 2020, these department-level goals were reviewed, and gaps were identified.
- The annual review self-evaluation form for all full-time faculty includes a question about inclusive pedagogy which forms basis for conversation with the dean in her annual performance reviews with faculty.
Climate and Intergroup Relations
- Beginning fall 2019, all incoming undergraduate PCSB and MBA students will receive implicit bias training focusing on managing diversity within teams.
- In fall 2019, all staff participated in an implicit bias training. Feedback and evaluation guiding revised offering in fall 2020.
- Throughout summer 2020, an opt-in reading group that focused on systemic racism was held. Faculty from all four PCSB departments participated.
- Dean Sylvia Maxfield, Professor Theresa Moore, and Rebecca Reeves attended the 1st and 2nd annual AACSB-sponsored Diversity and Inclusion Summits.
Formal and Informal Curricula
- A comprehensive curriculum audit was conducted in spring 2020. Follow-up actions were identified and the PCSB DEI taskforce was tasked with action items.
- PCSB Assurance of Learning program goals for undergraduate and MBA were revised in spring 2020 to specify “ability for cultural agility in the workplace” as a curriculum learning goal.
- The diversity module in a PCSB core course required of all business majors will be shifted in fall 2020 from a focus on global cultural competency to a focus on race and ethnicity.
- There are plans for a financial management education module during orientation to reduce registration holds due to unanticipated bursar’s bills.
Student Learning and Development
- National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) student club chapter founded Spring 2020.
- Association of Latino Professional for America (ALPHA) student club chapter founded Fall 2016.
- Creation of an PCSB Alumni of Color Network to support students and to engage with campus. (February 2020)
- Summer essay challenge sponsored in 2020 for all PC students on why and how racial justice matters for business. Winners will have dinner with Rev. Kenneth R. Sicard, O.P. ’78 & ’82G, president of Providence College, and have a donation made to a non-profit of their choice in their name.
- Small group discussions with BIPOC students in Spring 2019 on several occasions. Feedback from those focus groups discussed with alumni, faculty and students.