GFCB Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
OUR GOAL is to provide a quality business education and applied experiences for our students while ensuring a transparent culture of inclusion and impact.
GFCB DEI STATEMENT
The Gordon Ford College of Business is dedicated to cultivating a work and learning environment that embraces diversity of thought, equity of policies, inclusive practices, and a sense of belonging to lead the changing landscape of business. Essential to who we are and how we function are the notions of preparedness and connectedness which we intend to instill in our graduates and promote for our faculty and staff regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, ability, or background. WE ARE GFCB.
Aware of the needs of our students to function in an increasingly diverse community to become inclusive members of society, both within the United States and throughout the world, the Gordon Ford College of Business is committed to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and belonging within the College.
DEI (AB) STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES
We have strategically developed measurable goals with the hope our initiatives will aid in building a welcoming community of inclusion for our stakeholders of the college.
- Provide opportunities to listen and learn
- Promote interactions and interdisciplinary collaborations with community members.
- Be a source of support for all students through various mechanisms.
- Assist student organizations in DEIB efforts
- Build a culture of inclusion for all
- Support Faculty/Staff in DEI efforts
- Identify opportunities for continuous improvement internally
OUR CURRENT INITIATIVES
We are GFCB!
With a refocused comprehensive approach to diversity and inclusion matters, GFCB strives to advance the University's commitment to DEI. Aligned with the diversity statement adopted by the GFCB DEI Committee, we hope to engage both internal and external stakeholders to advance our goals by offering opportunities and resources alike.
GFCB DEI LEADERSHIP
Director of Inclusion and Impact
Dr. Daniels leads and shapes the vision, strategy and direction of diversity and inclusion programs in the College, and works collaboratively across WKU and with external partners. Additionally, she provides oversight of the College's DEI strategic goals and objectives.
Director of AdvancingWorkplace Culture Initiative
Dr. Yates assumed the role to lead our newly created Advancing Workplace Culture Initiative in August 2021. AWC will offer local businesses and leaders trainings and workshops on various topics related to developing a balanced workplace culture.
DEI Committee Chair
Heather Glass leads our DEI Committee which consists of both faculty and staff along with a newly formed Student DEI Committee who are tasked with implementation of strategic goals identified and set out for the College.
GFCB DEI COMMITTEE MEMBERS
STUDENT DEI COMMITTEE
- Andy Cheng, Accounting
- Cyn'Clara Cofer, Finance
- Naomi Desrosiers, Business Data Analytics
- Bri Easter, Marketing
- Ashira Gibbs, Marketing
- Tramaine Hawkins, Health Care Administration, Minor Business Administration
- Laurel Johnston, Marketing
- Laura Tomas, Management
- Julio Torales, Finances