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PCSB Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summer Challenge

During the summer of 2020, in honor of Juneteenth, the PCSB sponsored a diversity, equity, and inclusion summer challenge, which invited all PC students to examine the impact of systemic racism and racial injustice on business organizations.  

“The U.S. business community has made clearer than ever its strong commitment to fighting racial injustice,” commented Dean Sylvia Maxfield, Ph.D. “Business leaders, today and in the future, must work to dismantle systemic racism and model anti-racism. They need to self-reflect; identify opportunities for change; communicate the true values of diversity, equity, and inclusion; and implement new, equitable systems. The Providence College School of Business is committed to facilitating and educating for this change.” The summer challenge was one effort to engage students in deep thinking on this topic. Other diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives also strive to achieve the PCSB strategic goal of developing ethical, inclusive, and responsible student leaders, faculty, and staff who welcome diversity of thought and experience. 

In addition to looking at the impact of systemic racism, the challenge prompt asked participants to explore the benefits of being part of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace; how businesses are setting an example of working positively toward eliminating systemic racism; and what more organizations could be doing. Submissions could be either a written or video essay, and the judges were thoroughly impressed with the thoughtfulness of all the submissions. Ultimately, they selected three winners: 

  • American Marketing Association PC Chapter, as represented by Lindsey Cartier ’21, president, and Siobhan Tierney ’21, vice president  
  • Madison Palmieri ’22 
  • Diego Avila ’22  

Winners will be invited to a dinner at Dominic House, hosted by Rev. Kenneth R. Sicard, O.P. ’78, ’82G, once it is safe to do so. In addition, donations to charitable organizations of the winners’ choosing were awarded on behalf of the winners in the amounts of $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000 respectively. Congratulations to all who participated.