2023 ANNUAL REPORT
BROAD FACULTY IN THE NEWS
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
Assistant professor of management Christy Zhou Koval coauthored an article for Harvard Business Review online about the “glass wall” that exists for female freelancers and offered practical steps to maximize chances of success.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion have been an intentional part of the Broad College’s Strategic Plan for years, and we take pride in making progress in this space. Over the 2022–23 year, we expanded our efforts to foster a community of belonging and success for all Broad Spartans.
He was featured on the Season 6 finale of the Broad Matters podcast alongside William Horton-Anderson , assistant director of the college’s Full-Time MBA program, sharing how they inspire MBA students to become inclusive leaders. EMBRACING NEW IDEAS On the undergraduate side, the MBP team continues to elevate their work to emphasize diversity and inclusion in the learning environment and to meet student needs — while embracing new ideas along the way. Through new partnerships, MBP launched the Empowerment Closet with the college’s Russell Palmer Career Management Center, ran an Entrepreneur Leadership High School Camp with the Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and collaborated with MSU Athletics to pilot Business Teams, a unique peer-to-peer experience to support student athletes navigating NIL deals. “In the past year, we’ve been trying to expand what MBP offers so that when students are recruited to MSU and Broad, they can see the community and where they belong in MBP,” Ed Tillett , director of MBP, said. Across each of these efforts, the Broad College’s focus on DEI is enhancing. We are creating baselines and forging new partnerships that give us momentum to be inclusive leaders and bring this work front and center.
A DRIVING FORCE FOR DEI IN THE AUTO INDUSTRY
As the founder of the Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion, and Advancement, Cheryl Thompson (MBA ’13) is advancing diverse talent development in the Motor City.
CREATING A BASELINE In October, the college distributed its first climate survey to all students, faculty, and staff to assess our current climate and culture and to ultimately create a baseline to inform the college’s next steps. “Many faculty and staff have been driving toward this survey for years, and it’s great to see the efforts come together,” Cheri DeClercq , assistant dean of MBA programs, said. “We are looking forward to diving deeply into the outcomes, to conversations
with our community around this, and to the future actions that will come from this work.” The survey was made possible through the support of alumnus Girish Gehani (B.A. Finance ’00), chief operating officer at Trilogy Real Estate Group. His gift is helping advance the college’s DEI efforts through such climate surveys, DEI-related grants, and
support for Multicultural Business Programs (MBP).
EARNING SECOND PLACE AT THE NATIONAL DIVERSITY CASE COMPETITION
CONNECTING THE DOTS Beyond the survey, Scot Wright was hired as the college’s inaugural DEI program manager to coordinate and support DEI educational programs and initiatives. In this role, Wright is helping connect the dots across the college and is an additional resource to plan and uplift DEI activities. “We need a compelling vision for what we want the Broad College to be around DEI and what success will look like,” Wright said. “My passion in DEI is more about embracing collaboration and bringing more people to the table.” Wright is doing just that by working with key partners across the college to champion initiatives that tie into our mission and foundation.
A team of undergraduates pitched a winning idea to Bank of America and 3M addressing environmental justice issues.
A GIFT TO THE RESIDENTIAL BUSINESS COMMUNITY
Dale Tremblay (B.A. Financial Administration ’80) and his wife, Sandra, gave $500,000 to the college’s living-learning experience to promote cross-cultural understanding and enrichment.
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MBP’S LEVEL UP ACADEMIC CENTER NOW FEATURES TWO MURALS TO CELEBRATE DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION.
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