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Top Deans Discuss Injecting More Racial Justice Into Business Schools

Top Deans Discuss Injecting More Racial Justice Into Business Schools

“was hosted by the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business”

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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SeekingRationalThought | October 27, 2020 at 9:51 am

As someone who used to hire business school graduates, the deans should spend their time in teaching students their trade. They have been failing in their primary task for a couple of decades.

“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 ”

The right experiment is to compare the current faces of business students with the faces of business students 20 or 40 years ago, not with the most-successful of those graduates today. They had affirmative action admission back then too. We’ve had pervasive affirmative action for over 50 years. Some want to memory-hole that, so they can say more of the same is needed. Others use it as an excuse to say even more and harder is needed. How about “it didn’t work, move on”?

In his communications with alumni of the Yale School of Management, Kerwin Charles has been about nothing but race and diversity ever since he was appointed, in fact even a bit before when he was designated as future dean.

Calling it justice doesn’t make it justice.

Weird. Wonder why Wharton’s new Dean Erika James was not there?

Maybe she doesn’t want to be the African-American that everyone turns to for the AA opinion?

In the current environment, they had better think about what the students want.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | October 28, 2020 at 10:46 am

Business degrees are the only “cash cows” colleges have.

Be my guest and quickly KILL your only Cash Cow you uneducated Communists.

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