Rawls College held the Seventh Annual Rawls Diversity Symposium on March 23-25. The theme of the symposium was “Diversity Drives Business” and provided an opportunity for attendees to learn about the positive effects of diversity from experts in academia and the workforce. The three-day symposium featured a fireside chat with Mimi Crume Sterling, CEO of The Family Place, a student panel discussion, an employer panel discussion, and two research presentations.
Diversity does not start with grand gestures or words on a wall; it begins with small actions in the classroom or in your study groups that flourish into an environment of welcoming inclusion. Without that welcoming inclusion especially in business, the greatest ideas and innovation will often be the words left unspoken.
Having the opportunity to participate in the Diversity Symposium was so insightful to us. We learned what is on the hearts and minds of the next generation, and we saw that other employers are doing similar work and facing similar challenges that we see every day.