On March 28, 2018, SHRM@QU held a Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Day. Our objective was to increase awareness and create a dialog about diversity and inclusion student experiences. What started as an event for business students, quickly expanded to include the entire university. Knowing that support for the top is essentials for successful programs, we began discussions with, and gained the support of, our Dean of the Business School and Office of Multicultural and Global Education. Over 100 students attended the event.
The goal of our program was to give students a safe place to have open discussions regarding diversity and inclusion. The event also provided an opportunity for our multicultural and diversity student organizations to showcase their events and perspectives. Students had the chance to schedule times to speak throughout the day. And student organizations also featured The QU ASL Club, ISA, IB Society, GSA, MAPS, SVO.
We also wanted event participants to gain concrete D&I knowledge and an opportunity to earn a certificate by attending a student-run workshop, lead by Kristina Maceira and Kelli Liebermann on Catalyst’s (2016) Engaging in Conversations About Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the Workplace. Our keynote breakout session featured CT Assistant Attorney General, Christine Jean-Louis and was standing room only. During this lunch and learn, our speaker lead an informal conversation about experiences, expectations, and emotions.
Our University’s Chief Diversity Officer, Provost, and School of Business Dean have asked us to make this event an annual occurrence. The powerful conversations during breakout sessions created lifelong connections between participants and expanded our knowledge and multicultural experiences. It was enlightening to hear about everyone’s unique perspectives and experiences on campus. Our event showcased the importance of diversity and inclusion not just at our university, but also in the business world. We are excited to see this program continue on an annual basis and to see the collaborations and bonds that have been created between the multicultural student organizations on campus.
Special thanks to our e-board for all of their hard work planning this event!