Diversity Initiatives

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion 

Diversity and inclusion are core values of the Belk College of Business. The college fosters an environment that is based on mutual respect, broad understanding, and trust. 

The Belk College of Business is fostering diversity & inclusion through: 

Diversity and Inclusion Committee
This joint faculty/staff committee advises the Dean on matters relating to diversity within the Belk College, including diversity in the student body, faculty, and staff. The committee and the Belk College work to build an inclusive environment that promotes the success of all students, faculty and staff.

Faculty and Staff Awards
Faculty and staff are recognized for displaying an exceptional commitment to fostering an inclusive environment in which diversity is understood, valued, respected and supported through the Dean's Award for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Individual and collaborative efforts are eligible for this annual award. 

Women in Business (WIB)
This Women in Business initiative promotes the development and advancement of professional women in the Belk College of Business. The WIB initiative provides career-development activities that empower students to enter the business marketplace with the skills and competencies needed to achieve personal and professional goals. WIB supports students of all genders interested in advancing the progress of professional women entering the workforce. Ongoing activities include monthly coffee hours, a fall retreat, and a spring signature event. 

Graduate Student Recruitment
The Belk College graduate programs team strategically participates in recruiting initiatives to recruit diverse students to our graduate programs. Our efforts in recruiting a diverse pool of applicants include initiatives with the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), Latin American Chamber of Commerce, veterans associations, the National Black Master of Business Administration Association, and the PhD Project.

Undergraduate Programs
Belk College faculty are committed to teaching students about diversity. A core learning goal for all undergraduate business students is: “Students will demonstrate knowledge of global and diversity concepts.” The Belk College also offers a major in International Business  that provides an understanding of the importance of a global perspective on the part of business managers. 

Clubs and Organizations
Belk College students can participate in a variety of academic, career, and networking clubs and organizations that promote diversity including: The Association of Latino Professionals for America; Enactus, an international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic, and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need; and the National Association of Black Accountants.

International Teaching and Study Abroad Opportunities
The college supports international teaching, exchange, and study abroad opportunities to encourage Belk College faculty to internationalize courses and develop skills to create an inclusive classroom experience for all students. This year, Belk College faculty taught at Mannheim Business School, Universite Jean Moulin Lyon 3, Seoul National University, and University of Duisburg-Essen. Belk College faculty led study abroad trips to Barcelona and Berlin, Prague and Budapest, Italy, Spain, Germany, London, and Morocco, and Portugal. In 2017-18, the college hosted visiting faculty from Central University of Finance and Economics, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Henan University, Guangdong University of Technology, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, and University of Zagreb.

The college also participates in dual-degree programs with Copenhagen Business School, EGADE Business School at Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, and Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore International that enable Belk College graduate students and students from our partner institutions to learn from and engage with diverse groups of people.

Faces of Belk College
Since 2015, the college has featured more than 130 alumni, students, and faculty through Faces of Belk College. The web feature highlights the diversity, accomplishments, and stories of the Belk College and its alumni.

Faculty Research
Belk College faculty are actively engaged in research as it relates to diversity and inclusion topics. Belk College faculty have a long history of and continued commitment to research on topics specific to diversity and inclusion.

Peer Guide Program
The Peer Guide Program is a student leadership program in which Peer Guide program, inclusive of those from underrepresented student populations, where well-trained undergraduate students represent and assist in the promotion of Belk College professional development activities and represent the college at student recruitment events. The Peer Guide program is partially funded through the Chancellor's Diversity Challenge Fund

Charlotte Regional Business Alliance – Talent Insights Fund
The Belk College partners with the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to the economic development of the Charlotte 15-county region in North and South Carolina, on a number of initiatives to cultivate a diverse workforce as a competitive advantage for the growing Charlotte region. Programs include:  Emerging Business Leaders (EBL), the Charlotte Regional Alliance Young Professionals, and Power of Women (POW). 

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