UNC Kenan-Flagler recently held the annual Diversity Week, when we take time to recognize and celebrate our inclusive and diverse community. Sponsored by more than six student clubs, the week challenges and inspires us to work together. Here are some highlights from the week:
The International Business Association sponsored a globetrotter night showcasing China and India, the two countries that have the highest representation of international students at KFBS. We often sit in class and work in study groups together, and this night gave a chance for students to learn more about the Chinese and Indian cultures.
- The Ally Pledge – All week long, hundreds of students, faculty and staff (including Dean Dean!) pledged to support and stand up for LGBT folk. Sponsored by both the KFBS Pride Club and the Christians at Kenan-Flagler, the ally pledge provided a forum for Tar Heels to commit to making our community a welcoming and inclusive place for all, regardless of sexual orientation.
- The Veteran’s club presented the keynote speaker of the week, Col. Kevin McDonnell, who spoke about the largely untapped talent of returning veterans. He told inspiring stories of resilience, courage, and leadership and how these skills can be transferred from the battlefield to the workplace.
- Finally, the diversity panel brought representatives from three of the world’s leading firms—Facebook, Deloitte, and Bank of America—who each spoke about their firm’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Despite coming from different industries, it was inspiring to hear that across corporate America companies are actively recruiting a diverse workforce.
KFBS is known for our collaborative culture, teamwork and leadership. We are one community. Diversity week reminds us that we are strong not despite our differences, but because of them.