Themes of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are central pillars of thought leadership at Michigan Ross. Our community of faculty, staff, and students pursue a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to developing and disseminating impactful knowledge and groundbreaking research related to DEI in business.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Thought Leadership
Learn more about some of the Michigan Ross courses that help prepare students to be diverse and inclusive leaders in business.
DEI Research and Teaching Awards
The annual DEI Research and Teaching Awards honor research related to diversity, equity, and inclusion conducted at Michigan Ross. Additionally, the J. Frank Yates Diversity and Inclusion Teaching Excellence Award honors a faculty member who demonstrates a commitment to diversity and inclusion, and who makes a significant positive impact on the learning and growth of students.
The 2021 award recipients are:
BBA Senior Thesis - Karthik Nagappan, BBA ’21
Assessing the Effect of Racial Bias on Approval of Health Care Reform Proposals: A Survey of Attitudes toward Politicians and Their Policies
PhD Research - Virginia Traweek, PhD Candidate
Societal Trust and Financial Market Participation: Evidence from the Freedman's Savings Bank
Faculty Research - Mohamed Mostagir, Assistant Professor of Technology and Operations
Social Inequality and the Spread of Misinformation
Faculty Research - Sarah Miller, Assistant Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy
Estimated Mortality Increases During the COVID-19 Pandemic by Socioeconomic Status, Race, and Ethnicity
J. Frank Yates Diversity and Inclusion Teaching Excellence Award - Marcus Collins, Clinical Assistant Professor of Marketing
The Michigan Ross DEI Leadership Team
Carolyn Yoon, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Carolyn Yoon is the associate dean for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion and the Wilbur K. Pierpont Collegiate Professor of Management at the Ross School of Business. She is also a professor of marketing at Ross and a faculty associate at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. As associate dean for DEI, she is charged with guiding the school's DEI strategic plan and implementation. She is passionate about championing key initiatives at Ross to advance diversity, equity, and justice and foster a vibrant culture of inclusion and belongingness for students, staff, and faculty.
Thomas Bell, Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Thomn Bell is a critical race scholar/practitioner with 16 years of professional experience. Prior to joining Ross, he served as director of the Center for Educator Preparation and as the inaugural managing director of the Urban Institute for Racial, Economic & Environmental Justice, both at U-M Flint, and as assistant professor of education and director of accreditation at Madonna University. He completed his PhD in Higher Education Leadership at Colorado State University (CSU), where he researched whiteness and white supremacy in the educational project. He also earned an MS from CSU in higher education and a BS from Grand Valley State University.