Despite the pandemic, and all it brought with it, the academic left seems to be doubling down.

The College Fix reports:

America’s top business school deans discuss embedding more racial justice into business schools

Should calculus be required in business schools? Should GPA trump “lived experiences” in business school applications? Should business professors infuse diversity and inclusion topics into traditional business courses that don’t necessarily call for such discussions?

These questions and more were broached among a panel of deans from America’s top business schools. The panelists tackled “the challenges and opportunities they face in their efforts to prepare their graduates to be inclusive leaders of a racially diverse workforce,” according to organizers.

It was hosted by the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

“In thinking about anti-blackness, for example, it has a decidedly local and American flavor,” said Dean Kerwin Charles of Yale University’s School of Management.

Charles decried the presence of “innocent, misinterpretation, accidental offense giving and the like” by American students that can occur at business schools.

“Insensitivity, ignorance, unfamiliarity with these matters [of anti-racism] raises the likelihood of an unpleasant, albeit unwitting, but an unpleasant interaction, which can affect the experience of their peers,” he said.

Moderator David Wooten began the discussion by asking, “How have perspectives on race changed in business education over the course of your academic career, and what are some of the factors that contribute to these changes?”

Jon Levin, dean of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, remarked on the diversity of current students compared to leaders of the business world.

“[T]he picture that immediately comes to mind is to compare what [students’] faces look like to the Fortune 500 CEOs or the leading investors in this country, the top venture capitalists or entrepreneurs or board members — and it’s just very different,” he said.

 

 
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