Diversity, EQUITY and Inclusion



for most diverse business school

Poets&Quants 2021


of undergraduates are first generation

*UA Analytics 2020


of students are underrepresented minorities

*UA Analytics 2020

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Eller’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Eller College is committed to serving our community as part of a research-intensive land-grant and Hispanic Serving Institution. We acknowledge that the Eller College resides on the ancestral, traditional and contemporary lands of the Tohono O'odham Nation and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. Our continued success is interconnected with the responsible pursuit of our land grant mission, and with proactively meeting the educational needs of our vibrant and increasingly diverse student population. 

  • We recognize that representation, validation and empowerment are foundational to a strong academic culture and that barriers impeding inclusion in, or access to, education must be identified and addressed. The Eller College of Management will work to overcome the historic systems of oppression and discrimination that continue to harm minoritized groups through intentional curricular, co-curricular, recruitment, support and engagement initiatives that foster a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment where our full community can learn and thrive.
  • The Eller community will set the new standard for inclusive excellence in business education with the intent to develop socially-just 21st century leaders. We expect all members of our community to understand and value the need for creating and sustaining environments that foster diversity, equity and inclusion in the business setting and beyond. 
  • The preceding commitments are made in good faith and with the knowledge that we may not always get it right. However, we are obliged to make sincere efforts to do better. We remain dedicated to fulfilling our duty as educators to serve all of our students with equity and inclusivity, and we will do so by adhering to The Eller Way

Eller Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Activities

Department of Management and Organizations

Joe Broschak
Associate Professor
"Mixed Effects: Examining the Relationships of Job-Gender Composition and Mobility"  

Sarah Doyle
Assistant Professor
“Value Dissimilarity: Good for the Majority, What About the Minority?”

Aleks Ellis
Robbins Chair in Organizational Behavior
“Boys, Don’t Cry: Gender and Reactions to Negative Performance Feedback”
“Fuse or Fracture? Threat as a Moderator of the Effects of Diversity Faultlines in Teams”
“How Perpetrator Gender Influences Reactions to Premeditated Versus Impulsive Unethical Behavior: A Role Congruity Approach” 
“Incivility and Creativity in Teams: Examining the Role of Perpetrator Gender”

Aleks Ellis and Lehman Benson
“Race and Reactions to Women’s Expressions of Anger at Work: Examining the Effects of the ‘Angry Black Woman’ Stereotype”

Jerel Slaughter and Aleks Ellis
Professors of Management
"Gender and the Evaluation of Humor at Work"
“Making Jokes During a Presentation Helps Men but Hurts Women”

Allison Gabriel
Associate Professor
“Expanding the Discourse Surrounding Sexual Harassment: The Case for Considering Experienced and Observed Hostile Sexism, Benevolent Sexism and Gendered Incivility”
“From #MeToo to #TimesUp: Identifying Next Steps in Sexual Harassment Research in the Organizational Sciences” |
“Tackling Taboo Topics: A Review of the Three Ms in Working Women’s Lives” 
“When Work and Family Blend Together: Examining the Daily Experiences of Breastfeeding Mothers at Work”

Allison Gabriel and Aleks Ellis
“Examining the Effects of Menstruation on Women’s Helping Behavior in the Workplace”

Department of Finance

Mitch Towner
Assistant Professor
“Renewable Governance: Good for the Environment”

Kathy Kahle
Thomas C. Moses Professor of Finance
Do Board Gender Quotas Affect Firm Value? Evidence from California
Senate Bill No. 826

  • The Business Careers Awareness Program (BCAP) has been offered at Eller for more than 15 years through a partnership with EY and has reached almost 500 high school students. The program exposes minority and economically disadvantaged students careers in business and accounting as well as college life. Rising high-school seniors are led through team-building exercises, networking opportunities, panel discussions and a trip to the EY offices in Phoenix. Throughout the week, the students also attend classes and prepare a business plan, which is pitched to EY professionals in a case competition on the final day.
  • The EY Diversity Dinner occurs each spring in Eller, exposing underrepresented minority pre-business students to professional services career options as well as a the diversity programs offered by EY, including its Discover EY experience, launch internships and EY Scholars scholarship program for graduate studies.
  • “Inclusion, Diversity and Access: Building Responsible and Sustainable Organizations” event sponsored by Bank of America and the Tucson Museum of Art; guest speaker: Elizabeth McClean, assistant professor.
  • The Eller Undergraduate Diversity Coordinators select four diverse students to participate in the National Diversity Case Competition hosted by the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
  • Eller Inclusive Excellence Program, which incorporates two corporate diversity speakers into students Management 310A and Marketing 361. The corporate speakers focus around diversity, equity and inclusion issues they face in their companies in relations to human resources and marketing.
  • Also part of Management 310A, Critical Conversations explores how managers can create diverse, equitable and inclusive organizations.
  • Economic Analyses of Discrimination (Econ 405), which focuses on understanding issues of difference and discrimination associated primarily with race and also other markers of difference, including gender, sexual orientation, national origin and more. Students look carefully at the ways in which econometrics is used to address questions of discrimination and critically evaluate these models and the studies that rely upon them.

  • Leadership, Empowerment and Academic Development (LEAD) helps Eller Hispanic and African American students have a successful transition into college. Students form a community of like-minded individuals who share three core values: leadership, academic success and professional development. Students participate in weekly professional development meetings and weekly study halls with tutors for MIS 111 and Math classes.
  • The Eller Undergraduate career coaching team works to identify corporate DEI events and conferences to promote to our students.
  • Association of Latino Professionals for America (UA ALPFA), which empowers Latino students in pursuit of their dream career. Many UA ALPFA students attend the ALPFA National Convention during the summer to network with companies and interview for internship and full-time opportunities.
  • Diversity Mixer Every semester, the Diversity organizations host a Diversity Mixer for top diverse students in the Eller College of Management. More than 25 companies attend to meet with top students from underrepresented groups to network and provide information regarding internship and full-time opportunities. The first part of this event is informational rotations for students to hear from multiple companies and the second part of the event is open networking for students to meet with companies of their choosing.
  • Eller African American Honorary, formed in 2015, advocates and advances the black community at the Eller College of Management through leadership with a focus on professional development, service and community. The club also organizes the Top 50 Awards Dinner, which honors and celebrates the successes of black students in the college as well as recognize members of the community who have influenced the community.
  • Eller College Chinese Student Council hosts cultural events, conducts a case competition and provides an environment to support Eller's Chinese students.
  • Eller Hispanic Honorary, formed in 2012, showcases the excellence within the Hispanic student population at the Eller College of Management by culturally uniting and welcoming diversity, promoting scholarship and outstanding academic achievement, and bridging affiliation with the commercial world. The group also hosts the Top 50 Scholars Award Dinner.
  • The Investments Club hosts an annual Women in Finance Brunch, a networking/recruiting event that connects women interested in finance with current successful students. More than 75 first year and sophomore women attend the brunches.
  • LGBTQ+ Student Advisory Board, established in 2018, hosts a breakfast for faculty and staff to learn more about the community and inclusive classroom practices and assisted with the creation of a gender-neutral restroom in the college.
  • Multicultural Business Student Association hosts networking events, conducts community service and provides professional development—all to create cultural awareness that will improve international business and diversity in the workforce. The club also hosts the Multicultural Night of Excellence to celebrate the diverse students in the Eller College of Management.
  • Pre-Professional Academic Communities of Excellence (PACE) is a partnership between the Eller College and UArizona Residence Life and offers pre-business and pre-economics students the opportunity to apply to one of three themed communities where they can live and interact with other Eller students and develop a community of peers with similar interests. 
  • Tomorrow’s Leaders Equipped for Diversity helps students become leaders equipped to counter potential problems and take advantage of the benefits of diversity.
  • Women in Economics Club unites female, non-binary and allied students who study economics at the University of Arizona to improve their college experience through social events and professional development.

  • Every semester, 14 percent of the differential tuition fee is set aside for students with financial need.

There are many scholarships available to support students from underrepresented backgrounds who are pursuing a degree in business.

View Diversity Scholarship Opportunities

Benefits of Diversity in the Classroom or Workplace

  • Trust increases in a diverse environment and students feel safer
  • Diversity in the classroom brings more open-mindedness and new perspectives
  • A diverse and inclusive workforce helps businesses avoid employee turnover costs
  • A diverse workforce facilitates innovation and creativity
  • A diverse workforce markets to diverse demographics
  • Businesses need to adapt to change in order to be competitors in the economic market
  • Diversity in the workplace is key to leverage a company’s full potential
  • Students gain more comprehensive understanding of subject matters
  • Diverse teams are more likely to operate on facts rather than opinions or stereotypes
  • Companies where management is diverse see a greater rate of return

University of Arizona DEI Resources

Eller College Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Awards

The Eller Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee announced annual DEI awards to recognize students, staff and faculty who have contributed to creating a diverse and inclusive Eller community. 

The nomination process is simple, asking you to write a short statement highlighting how the individual or organization has either: 

  • worked to embed diversity, equity and inclusiveness into the Eller College, 
  • led efforts to recruit and retain of diverse students, staff and faculty,
  • fostered equality of opportunity within Eller,
  • encouraged diverse perspectives within Eller and/or
  • created a welcoming and supportive Eller College climate.


Congratulations to winners of the inaugural Eller Diversity, Equity and Award

Undergraduate Award Winners Graduate Award Winners Staff Award Winner Faculty Award Winner
  • AJ Banks '21 BSBA (MIS)
  • Brennen Feder '22 BSBA (Business Management)
  • Nuria Seijas '21 PhD
  • Zara Ahmed-Post '21 MSMIS
  • Veronica Atondo,
    Undergraduate Coordinator, Leadership and Engagement
  • Erin Yetter, Lecturer in Economics

Honorable mentions go to: ALPFA and the MBA team of Cori Rodriguez, Crystal Adams and Marisa Carpenter.

Eller College of Management 2020-21 Climate Report