The NYU Stern School of Business offered electives in the DEI space in its EMBA curriculum for several years, and most recently it added a new required core course for its EMBA students.
The course, Leading Through Change: Diversity and Inclusion as Business Assets, delves into the history and emerging theories of business and the definition and the practices that are associated with diversity, equity, inclusion, and access. NYU’s senior vice president for global inclusion, diversity, and strategic innovation teaches the course.
“Diversity, equity, and inclusion has always been a priority for us in Stern’s EMBA Programs, as it has been across the school,” says Naomi Diamant, clinical assistant professor of management communication, academic director of the Stern EMBA Program, and assistant dean, executive programs.
“This course, together with a course on Professional Responsibility, are the first two courses that incoming EMBA students take,” she says. “It is our firm belief that, apart from or in addition to their personal position on DEI, future leaders will need to understand the issues around diversity and inclusion so that they steward their organizations, their stakeholders, and their communities.”
Students in the Stern EMBA Program in Washington, D.C., also participate in a required Speakers Series, which includes diversity and inclusion as one of its themes. The series has featured Tina Taylor, co-founder and co-CEO of CORE3 Innovations; Nate Yohannes, head of Product Management | Artificial Intelligence for Content Understanding and User Interests at Meta; and Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO of AARP.
Stern has worked to expand its DEI-focused curricular elements and diversity in its teaching bench, as well as recruiting student cohorts with different backgrounds.
“At our orientation and residency for new students, students frequently comment to me about how the breadth of student diversity across many dimensions—gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, as well as country of origin—leads to rich and challenging conversations from the very outset of their experience. I’m always very happy when I hear this. It is exactly what we are working towards.”