Dr. Suzanne Gagnon
Associate Dean, Professional Graduate Programs and Executive Education
Canada Life Chair in Leadership Education
Leadership and Organization Director, James W. Burns Leadership Institute
Our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion
The Asper School of Business is committed to fostering a learning environment that embraces and values the involvement of all members of our community. We take great pride in the diversity of our students, faculty, and staff. We stand in solidarity with racialized and all underrepresented communities and condemn all forms of discrimination.
We seek equity for all groups subject to historical discrimination based on race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity and disability. We seek a fully inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible environment in our school. Through what we label systemic inclusion, we work to remove barriers and empower equity-deserving groups. Inclusion is not assimilation but a willingness to advance and adapt culture and structures to foster belonging of all members. This involves embedding practices, principles and values of equity, diversity and inclusion into our educational programming, extracurricular life, and all aspects of the Asper School.
Traditional Territories Acknowledgement
The Asper School of Business recognizes that we are located on Treaty 1 Territory, the original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the Homeland of the Métis Nation. The Asper School of Business is committed to moving forward on the path to reconciliation and recognizes the Indigenous land we occupy as a community while understanding historical events that have led us to present day.
The Asper School firmly believes that the infusion of Indigenous perspectives in education, research and business practice is essential to ensuring that the 94 Calls to Action outlined in the final report produced by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada are implemented and practiced. As such, the Asper School of Business’ 2019-23 Strategic Plan, Pursuing our Asper-ations , identifies six key priority areas for action, that includes advancing reconciliation through business education.
What we do
To support our commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), the School has formed a faculty wide EDI task force with a mandate to proactively address sources of exclusion and inequity head-on. With representation from faculty, administration, staff, students and alumni, the task force is working to raise awareness of barriers and challenges faced by groups and individuals in our community. Through data from a wide range of sources and inputs, our task force aims to drive a cultural shift to foster an inclusive learning environment for every single student who attends or interacts with the Asper School of Business.
The EDI task force working group is represented by Asper faculty, staff, students and alumni along with UM EDI representatives. The diverse team has a mandate to focus on analyzing and developing recommendations for the following themes:
Teaching and learning: Inside the classroom
- To consider all aspects of instruction across all programs at the Asper School (excluding extra-curricular), course materials, guest speakers, and group formation;
- Executive Education, MBA, MFin, MSCM, MSc, Ph.D., and Undergraduate Programs.
Jenny Moose, Rhiannon Leier Blacher, Sean Buchanan, Winnie Zhang, Chi Liao.
Extra-curricular student experience
- To consider career placement, co-ops, student competitions, student trips, social media content;
- All aspects of the student experience;
- School-sponsored events, student association-sponsored events.
Gurkamal Dhaliwal, Reyna Olivares, Michelle Gazze, Shreeraj Patel, Katie Derksen, and David Stangeland.
Structural matters relevant to EDI and student experience
- Admission criteria and processes;
- Diversity among faculty and staff;
- Senior leadership;
- School-organized events.
Peter Pomart, Lani Jones, Melissa Gayle, and Wenlong Yuan.
Tools for EDI climate assessment
- Townhall meetings;
- Focus groups;
- Climate survey.
Fang Wan, Stephanie Kalo, Justin Monton, Jingnan Li, and Valerie Williams.
EDI task force members
Dr. Suzanne Gagnon
Dr. Subbu Sivaramakrishnan
Associate Dean, Strategic Partnerships and Administration
Associate Professor, Marketing, F. Ross Johnson Fellow
Dr. Chi Liao
Assistant Professor, Accounting & Finance Department
Dr. Sean Buchanan
Assistant Professor, Business Administration
Dr. Fang Wan
Marketing Professor / F. Ross Johnson Fellow
Program Coordinator and Assistant to the Director,
Institute for Leadership Development
Rhiannon Leier Blacher
Manager, Marketing and Communications
Co-operative Education Coordinator
Human Resources Officer
Students & alumni
Asper EDI Stories
Asper School of Business
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University of Manitoba
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