Identity & Diversity in Organizations

We hear a lot about “diversity,” but what does it mean, and why is it important to your future?

In the business world, you will meet people with very different backgrounds and experiences from yours -- in terms of race, geography, personality type, income level, talent, gender identity, belief system, disability status, and so on. You’ll work with them, report to them, and lead them. They’ll be your customers, and you’ll be theirs.

The journey of becoming self-aware of your own identity and exploring other won’t always be easy, but it’s rewarding.  And a true representation of diverse cultures and ideas results in a stronger organization. The intersections of identities in the workforce pave the way for a more creative, innovative, and productive organization.  The business improves its bottom line by better understanding its markets and its employees.  

The IDO requirement, unique to Michigan Ross, helps you make these connections by taking a close, personal look at its three elements: identity, diversity, and organizations.


The Requirement

Each year as part of the Ross BBA Program, you will participate in an event -- chosen from several IDO options -- and write a reflection paper. In each paper, you will be provided with prompts to help you think about relevant issues in new ways and have the opportunity to explain why these issues are important to you and to society.

The topics for each year are:

Sophomore year

Identity - A person or group’s conception and expression of who they are and how society describes and affects them.

Junior Year

Diversity - A combination of various identities that, together, contribute to the unique makeup of individuals and groups.

Senior Year

Organizations - Groups of individuals leveraging identity and diversity to succeed at common goals.

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