Deidre Popovich, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the Marketing and Supply Chain Management area of the Rawls College of Business has been selected as a fellow in the 2018-2019 Texas Tech University Institute for Inclusive Excellence.
Founded in 2009, as a partnership between the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center, and the Center for Global Communication, the institute gives tenure-track faculty the opportunity to promote a greater understanding of the academic value of diversity. Throughout the year, participants will examine inclusive pedagogies, best practices, and learn strategies to better prepare Texas Tech students to be multicultural competent and globally competitive.
"I am very much looking forward to gaining increased skills in this area," said Popovich. "I don't teach subjects in the business school where 'difficult conversations' typically occur, but now I will be better prepared to facilitate such conversations inside or outside of my classroom should they ever arise."
Inspired by her own experiences with gender discrimination and sexual harassment, Popovich wants to make sure that her students feel safe and supported at Texas Tech.
"I would like to lend my support to those who may not feel fully equal here, because I know what that feels like on the basis of being a woman," shared Popovich.
Popovich believes that inclusivity and diversity are especially important in the business industry.
"Bringing people together from different backgrounds often fosters the most innovative and creative thinking. Diversity and inclusiveness offer multiple perspectives and lenses through which to solve business problems," explained Popovich. "When businesses limit the diversity of their decision makers, they also limit the ability to create solutions."
Upon completion of the Institute for Inclusive Excellence, participants will have a richer understanding of the academic success that can be achieved through an institutional model of inclusive excellence.
"I strongly believe that our university has an opportunity to create and foster change related to diversity and inclusiveness," explained Popovich. "We can all be part of the solution by treating individuals with the respect and opportunities they deserve."
For more information about the Institute for Inclusive Excellence please visit here.