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A Message from Dean Anderson about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

headshot of Dean Gene Anderson
Fostering such a culture of belonging is essential for any world-class business school and Whitman is no exception. Only if our community is one where everyone feels valued, safe and supported will we be able to unlock the full potential of our School’s intellectual capital and achieve our highest aspirations. Our ability to inspire students and to pursue high-impact innovation in our research and educational programs depends on it.

Institutional Culture
The Whitman School of Management’s Core Values of Inclusion, Integrity, Innovation, Collaboration and Excellence is how we strive to accomplish both immediate- and long-term changes that will leave a lasting impact on our institution.

Institutionally, we have positioned ourselves to sustain long-lasting, impactful change.

Among the action items to achieve this are many faculty, staff and student programs that embody our commitment to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive University.

Professional Development, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Education is offered to all staff, faculty and students. Other professional educational training, e.g., Unconscious Bias and Disability Awareness are provided to raise awareness and deepen skills necessary to interact effectively and respectfully across our differences.

We are continuously refining to meet the changing needs of our community.

As we are work at enculturating Whitman’s Core Values as the foundational infrastructure of the School, and deliver on Whitman's Second Century goals, we will ultimately be proud of the long-term institutional transformation.

Defining Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
At Syracuse University, we believe in the dignity and worth of all people. This belief commits us to ensure a diverse, equitable, inclusive and accessible campus environment for all. Each person here should be welcomed and appreciated. We value diverse identities. Cultural perspectives and worldviews matter to us. Difference should never mean devaluation nor should it result in discrimination. We believe that diversity and inclusion enhance who we are as students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Syracuse University Core Values:

  • Diversity: Encompassing a host of differences which may include, but are not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, learning style, country of origin, disability, political ideology, religion and cultural perspectives.
  • Equity: We commit to working actively to challenge and respond to bias, harassment, and discrimination. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight or veteran status.
  • Inclusion: We commit to pursuing deliberate efforts to ensure that our campus is a place where differences are welcomed, different perspectives are respectfully heard and where every individual feels a sense of belonging and inclusion.

"Diversity is where everyone is invited to the party."
"Equity means that everyone gets to contribute to the playlist."
"And inclusion means that everyone has the opportunity to dance."


Dean Gene Anderson