Diversity 2024 Project Promotes Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at USD School of Business

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

A black woman, asian woman, and white woman walk together at University of San Diego campus
begin quoteThe USD School of Business has recently joined The PhD Project which strives to significantly increase the pipeline of underrepresented racial minorities in business leadership and faculty positions.

The University of San Diego School of Business strives to become a more diverse campus community. Collectively, great value is being placed on all efforts to remove prejudices from academic and business environments, promoting social justice through scholarship and service, and increasing retention of underrepresented groups.

To foster a welcoming and diverse environment, the USD School of Business created the Diversity 2024 Project. “The Diversity 2024 Project is a faculty diversity committee dedicated to exploring reforms and strategies, and identifying opportunities for improvement with respect to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) in the USD School of Business. Identifying and addressing issues on this front will help our school fulfill its Catholic mission, advance academic excellence, expand knowledge, and foster a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and ethical environment,” said Jason Campbell, Diversity 2024 Project committee member and assistant professor of economics.

The steering committee was initially assembled in October 2020 with USD School of Business faculty members including Department Chair of Management, Law and Ethics Tara Ceranic Salinas, Assistant Professor of Economics Alison Sanchez, and Professor of Economics Steve Sumner. Later in the fall, Jason Campbell joined this important initiative along with Assistant Professor of Management Jennifer Miles.

“A more diverse campus community improves our ability to identify challenges, to propose innovative solutions, and to implement more considerate policies. Improvements on DEIB issues are not only compatible, but also necessary for improvements in teaching, scholarship, and faculty satisfaction,” said Professor Campbell. “The committee is currently working on faculty hiring and faculty retention best practices.”

The USD School of Business values students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds, demographics, experiences, perspectives, and faiths. These differences broaden our understanding of the world, and by extension, our ability to excel in service. 

“Upon recommendation from the Diversity 2024 committee, the USD School of Business has recently joined The PhD Project which strives to significantly increase the pipeline of underrepresented racial minorities in business leadership and faculty positions,” said Professor Campbell. “We have also contracted third parties to conduct a climate survey and to conduct implicit bias training for faculty search committees. We look forward to continuing this work over the next year.”

The Diversity 2024 Project, along with other initiatives such as the Building Inclusive Excellence Council, is dedicated to making diversity, equity and inclusion a priority throughout the USD School of Business.

Contact:

Renata Ramirez
renataramirez@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4658