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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.
Chart showing number of students of color
Chart showing number of first generation students
Graph showing number of students of color completing a degree by major

Institutional Infrastructure

  • 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.
Graph showing number of first generation students of color completing a degree by major
Chart showing number of faculty of color by business major

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.