College of Business at U. Nebraska-Lincoln Opens New ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ Space
“We embrace diversity in all forms seen and unseen, and work toward ensuring that excellence is inclusive”
Diversity has become big business and business is booming.
Nebraska Today reports:
College of Business opens new diversity, inclusion space
The college’s Diversity and Inclusion Gathering Space — nicknamed DIGS — will host a grand opening at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 1 in Hawks Hall (west welcome center area and in Room 102). The event is free and open to the public. An RSVP is required.
DIGS will serve as a hub for conversation, inclusive programs and gatherings to help Huskers feel they belong in the Nebraska Business community. Ordered after the soft launch last year, new furniture arrives for DIGS this fall while programming continues to evolve based on feedback and ideas from students.
“We believe in the power of every person. We embrace diversity in all forms seen and unseen, and work toward ensuring that excellence is inclusive,” said Kathy Farrell, James Jr. and Susan Stuart Endowed Dean. “DIGS and, more importantly, what happens inside the space helps us live by our guiding principle Be Inclusive, and is one of our strategic initiatives to better develop inclusive business leaders the world needs.”
Early adopters of the space include students who served as pilot members of the Inclusive Business Leaders, a first-year scholarship program that supports underrepresented students’ academic, social and career goals to cultivate a more inclusive environment. During a project in the pilot, senior marketing major Ambi Anuh-Ndumu pitched to name the space. Out of many options from the group, a favorite emerged and received approval from Farrell.
“We were honored to name the space so that the space’s purpose rooted in inclusive excellence is presented in a more approachable way,” said Anuh-Ndumu. “By calling it DIGS for short, we’re saying to students it’s yours to come hang out. It’s your space to build connections, have conversations and decompress after classes.”
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And, anyone care to guess who will be excluded from this space?
“Diversity and inclusion space” = “someplace we can kick white guys out of.”
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The funny thing is that men’s clubs were targeted mostly because that is where the big deals were discussed, which excluded people from the big deals. Now we have a group of people who have pretty much decided to exclude themselves from the big deals. Yeah, that was well thought out.
You think that’s a tactical mistake until you try to form that kind of men’s club on campus.
Unseen diversity? Does that mean no one is going to watch the Cornhuskers play football this season??
If Business students constitute a minority of the students on campus, does that mean that any business student (even white males) are eligible to use DIGS? One would hope that a goal of the Business School is to pursue excellence and to teach students how to conduct their businesses as a meritocracy. This puts the Business School at odds with the Social Justice Warriors that demanded the opening of DIGS.