Kellogg Inclusion Coalition (KIC) Update October 2020

(October 16, 2020)

Dear Kellogg Inclusion Coalition,

Greetings from Evanston! It is my hope that this message finds each of you in continued safety and good health. I write to provide a brief update regarding our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts at “your” Kellogg School of Management for the month of October.

Here are just a few of the valuable things that occurred last month:

First, the Human Capital and Faculty Affairs teams continued their preparations to issue a climate survey starting on October 21st. Most recently, students were provided an opportunity to integrate their feedback into the survey. So, their input is now included in the process. We are seeking to issue the first results of the survey in December.

The instrument will go out to all staff, faculty and students who are benefits eligible. Please, complete the survey and encourage your peers to do so as well! The data we collect will be confidential and influential in targeting initiatives going forward. Our ability to pursue an effective data driven DEI approach is contingent upon having access to the best possible information. So, help the school to help you!

Second, we are working on the creation of some new developmental opportunities for faculty members to become more skilled in the creation of an inclusive educational experience. The dean is committed to ensuring everything about the Kellogg academic experience reflects excellence in fostering inclusion.

Third, our preparations to create an experience that equips incoming domestic students to integrate effectively with their international counterparts is underway. Currently, the international students have the option to participate in a three-week-long acculturation program in the summer called the American Culture and English Program (ACE). Free to students, along with year-round English Language Coaching (ELC), it assists international students in cultivating the skills and confidence they need for success in the MBA classroom amid American culture. Every year, we see nearly 100 students take advantage of one or both opportunities. However, we have never created a mirror program to equip domestic students for behaving in a culturally adept manner with their international peers. So, we are intent on doing it going forward!

Finally, we have received our first request for KIC volunteers from the city of Chicago! Samir Mayekar, deputy mayor of Chicago, is a KSM ’13 alum. He is also an NU Board Trustee and successful entrepreneur having launched NanoGraf during his time at Kellogg. Samir is responsible for neighborhood revitalization and economic development focused primarily in South and West sides of Chicago. He is desirous of integrating KIC members into the revitalization plans for the aforementioned neighborhoods where there is a need for assistance with basic business set-up (e.g., setting up websites, search engine optimization, etc.) for budding entrepreneurs and small business owners. Be on the look-out for a volunteer call shortly!

As always, thank you for your commitment to behaving inclusively and fostering inclusion for all.