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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at W. P. Carey

At W. P. Carey, we say that “business is personal.” Each student, each faculty member, each employee matters, intrinsically, as a human being. Yet we also must recognize times where we as a community have fallen short of that ideal, and how historical prejudice and systemic racism have pushed members of our school to the margins.

We are committed to doing better, and unequivocally state our support of Black lives, Native communities, immigrants, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, people with disabilities, and others who live at the intersections. You are welcome at W. P. Carey, and this is what you can expect from us.

 Commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion

We embrace open access to education and opportunity for all students as being central to our mission.

We believe that diversity is a necessary part of excellence, and reject any false opposition of diversity and merit.

We support robust and respectful discussion of the most pressing issues in society from the wide variety of perspectives in our community.

We respect, listen to, and center the voices of marginalized groups, and recognize that the impacts of our actions matter more than the intention.

We are unequivocal in our support of underrepresented and historically marginalized groups, and will not tolerate discrimination or hate.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives

The initiatives below are a partial list of the many DEI activities being pursued and considered at W. P. Carey.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee - formed in response to ongoing police violence against Black Americans, the DEI committee is now a permanent part of W. P. Carey; the group directs all DEI initiatives at W. P. Carey and serves as an advisory board to school leadership.

College Data Committee - this group is charged with compiling and distributing relevant DEI data for W. P. Carey; this includes diversity metrics, surveys, and benchmarking.

Inclusive Teaching & Learning Committee - a combination of faculty, staff, and student committee members working to integrate DEI principles into W. P. Carey curriculum and classrooms.

DEI training for faculty and staff - “To be Welcoming” training, in partnership with ASU and Starbucks, suggested for all staff; also exploring future mandatory training options for employees and students.

Diversifying purchasing - In concert with ASU purchasing and community groups, we are taking an intentional look at diversifying W. P. Carey purchases, including food, supplies, and services.

Inclusive onboarding - Human Resources is creating a booklet for new employees that includes employee resource groups and culturally relevant services, such as Black salons, doctors, and more.

Diversifying recruiting - Human Resources and student recruiting functions are in the early stages of identifying more inclusive recruitment practices, including expanded recruitment from HBCUs, continued involvement in the PhD Project, and more.

Expanded access to mentors - using the existing W. P. Carey mentorship program as a starting point, expand the number of qualified minority mentors for the undergraduate, graduate, and Executive Connections program.

W. P. Carey is also actively involved with the larger ASU community’s commitment to support Black students, faculty, and staff.
Read more about university-led efforts.

  W. P. Carey Indigenous Land Acknowledgement

The W. P. Carey School of Business acknowledges the 22 Tribal Nations that have inhabited this land for centuries. Arizona State University's four campuses are located in the Salt River Valley on ancestral homelands of many Indigenous peoples, including the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa), whose care and keeping of these lands allows us to be here today and provides a guide for our relationship with these lands in the future. W. P. Carey acknowledges the sovereignty of these tribal nations and seeks to foster an environment of success and possibility for American Indian students, and to work alongside Indigenous people in business practices and knowledges that support Native experiences and prosperity.

  Resource Groups

Undergraduate students: There are more than 40 student groups at W. P. Carey, including resource groups for students from a variety of backgrounds.

Graduate students: Graduate students can find community through a number of organizations, including special interest groups.


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