A key tenet of the Strategic Plan for the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business is our commitment to continuing our work in diversity, equity and inclusion. We embrace diversity in its broadest sense, including, but not limited to, diversity of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic standing and intellectual viewpoint.
||Elon Count||Elon %||LSB as % of Elon|
|Black or African American||82||4.6%||363||5.7%||22.6%|
|Two or more races||43||2.4%||198||3.1%||21.7%|
As of fall 2022
LSB Faculty & Staff
|Black or African American||6|
|Two or more races||2|
As of fall 2022
Our international faculty and staff members come from countries including Armenia, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, France, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Syria, Turkey, and Ukraine.
Educational Benchmarking, Inc. (EBI) Responses
All graduating LSB students take the EBI survey during their senior year. One of the EBI assessment factors focuses on multicultural issues and diversity.
The questions associated with “Factor 15 – Learning: Multicultural and Diversity” included:
- To what degree did the business program enhance your ability to: Understand multicultural issues?
- To what degree did the business program enhance your ability to: Work with diverse populations (i.e., cultural, ethnic, political)?
- To what degree did the business program enhance your ability to: View issues from other people’s perspective?
|Factor 15. Learning: Multicultural and Diversity||Mean||Std Dev||N|
|2022 EBI Responses||4.81||1.65||97|
|2021 EBI Responses||4.75||n/a||108|
|2020 EBI Responses||5.07||1.50||160|
|2019 EBI Responses||4.85||1.39||163|
|2018 EBI Responses||4.84||1.60||134|
Our assessment results show that while we continue to make progress, we cannot claim success in this area.
One of the four pillars of our latest Strategic Plan focuses on diversity and inclusion: “Support our mission by cultivating a diverse, inclusive, and vibrant community of students, faculty, and staff that promotes representation, values differences, and reflects our multicultural business environment.” Metrics to measure progress have been identified in the table below.
|Action Items||Potential Measures|
|Objective 1. Develop an organizational culture that embraces and values diversity by increasing the student, faculty and staff experiences of inclusion, equity and respect.|
|1. Launch new and reward current initiatives that leverage our skills to demonstrate our commitment to diversity and inclusion to the LSB, Elon and broader community.||
|2. Create and support programs to celebrate differences in the LSB, such as undergraduate research or service that advances diversity, speaker series including guests with relevant expertise or backgrounds, and diversity training for the LSB community.||
|Objective 2. Support the University’s mission of inclusion by boosting diversity in our faculty, staff and student body and leveraging the associated benefits.|
|1. Implement varied recruitment strategies to reach faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds, ranging from engaging prospective undergraduates to attracting seasoned professionals to join the LSB community.||
|2. Develop programs to increase the retention of students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds, such as enhancing mentorship and promoting success stories of diverse groups.||
|Objective 3. Integrate diversity and inclusion values into the LSB student experience by encouraging relevant curricular and co-curricular experiences.|
|1. Integrate diversity and inclusion content into the LSB curriculum to demonstrate the business case for diversity.||
|2. Enhance proportion of LSB students engaged in diversity-related educational experiences, such as enrolling in diversity-related core courses or supplementing their LSB majors with diversity-related minors and majors from beyond the LSB.||
|3. Increase depth and diversity of our students’ global experiences to ensure all LSB students graduate with a multicultural business perspective.||