A core value of the Belk College of Business is diversity and inclusion. We foster an environment that is based on mutual respect, broad understanding, and trust. Below are a few examples that demonstrate the College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion:
Diversity and Inclusion Committee
The Belk College maintains a joint faculty/staff Diversity and Inclusion Committee. The charge of the Committee is to advise the Dean on matters relating to diversity within the Belk College, including diversity in the student body, faculty, and staff. Together, the Committee and the Belk College work to build an inclusive environment that promotes the success of all students, faculty, and staff.
Women in Business Initiative
The Women in Business (WIB) 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.
Belk College faculty are committed to teaching students about diversity, as one of the undergraduate core learning goals for all business students is “Students will demonstrate knowledge of global and diversity concepts.”
The Belk College also offers a major in International Business. The primary objective of the International Business major is to provide an understanding of the importance of a global perspective on the part of business managers.
Clubs and Organizations
The Belk College offers a variety of academic, career, and networking clubs and organizations to its students, some of which promote diversity including:
• The Association of Latino Professionals for America, an organization created to enhance opportunities in the financial, accounting, and related fields,
• 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, which strives to encourage scholarship, leadership, and financial education while establishing essential connections for undergraduate members.
International Teaching and Study Abroad Opportunities
The College supports international teaching, exchange, and study abroad opportunities
encouraging Belk College faculty to internationalize courses and develop skills in creating 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 2017-2018, 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 which 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, student, and faculty profiles as part of the Faces of Belk College campaign to highlight the diversity, accomplishments, and stories of the Belk College and our alumni.
Charlotte Regional Business Alliance Partnerships in Diversity and Talent
The purpose of the Career Connection
initiative is to cultivate diverse, entry-level talent and promote Charlotte as a preferred place to work and live. Career Connection seeks to expose high school and college students to high-growth careers that lead to sustainable employment and economic opportunity. The initiative helps to bring industry speakers into the classroom, coordinates employer site visits, and connects students with mentors to reinforce and accelerate their career success.
Emerging Business Leaders Program
The Emerging Business Leaders (EBL)
is a talent development program designed to enhance the leadership capability of high-potential, diverse professionals who will ultimately create competitive advantage for Charlotte’s workforce and economy. Students in the program come from a variety of companies and industries. The program helps to promote UNC Charlotte’s programs and expertise to emerging leaders in the region through engaging and customized content from Belk College faculty members and executives on topics including leadership, innovation, negotiation, and more.