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Identity and Diversity in Organizations (IDO)

 

Identity and Diversity in Organizations (IDO)

(BBA milestone degree requirement for students admitted 2015 and beyond)

 

"Leadership is a continuous journey of self-awareness and the skill set to work, connect, and thrive in a diverse community.  This requires knowledge of your identity and an understanding of how identity shapes life experiences and actions.  In addition, it entails cultural intelligence, the capability to function effectively across different cultural contexts, such as ethnic, generational, and organizational cultures.  Thus, the Ross IDO milestone requirement is designed to provide you with learning opportunities to develop these skills."

- Lynn Perry Wooten, Senior Associate Dean for Student and Academic Excellence

 

IDO Requirement Description

Calendar

Events:  ​Identity  -  Diversity  -  Organizations

Office Hours: Identity - Diversity - Organizations

Reflection Paper Guidelines

​Identity  -  Diversity  -  Organizations

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

 

IDO Requirement Description:

Students must complete the IDO milestone degree requirement by March 1 of their final Winter semester.  To fulfill this requirement, each student must attend and reflect upon three IDO-certified experiences.  The first experience must address identity and is due by the end of a student's first year in the BBA program.  The second experience must address diversity and is due by the end of a student's second year in the BBA program.  The third experience must address organizations and is due by March 1 of a student's final year in the BBA program.  Students should complete the identity experience before the diversity experience, and the diversity experience before the organizations experience.  Each IDO experience will highlight one of the following topics:

  • Identity:  This multifaceted concept includes a person or group's conception and expression of who they are and how society describes and affects them.  Understanding intersectionality, individuality, saliency, and self-awareness are key features of this topic.
  • Diversity:  A compilation of various identities that, together, contribute to the unique makeup of individuals and groups.  In business, recognizing and promoting diversity allows organizations to better-serve their clients/customers, employees, and other stakeholders.
  • Organizations:  Units composed of individuals who share common goals.  These IDO experiences will address how identity and diversity affect organizational performance and how firms leverage them for success.

To complete this requirement, each student must attend three different IDO-certified experiences (one for each topic area) and write corresponding reflection papers.  These papers must address the points presented in the IDO Reflection Paper Guidelines and will due no later than two weeks after the start date and time of the IDO experience attended.  Reflection papers will be reviewed by a Ross trained evaluator.  By following a standard rubric, these evaluators have the authority to approve or not approve the completion of this milestone degree requirement.  Once a student has attended the three IDO experiences and has had all three reflection papers approved, the IDO requirement will be marked as complete and a milestone degree remark will be posted to the unofficial transcript.  Students must have this milestone remark complete in order to receive the BBA degree.

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Calendar of Identity Events:

 

Session Name & Presenter

IDO Requirement Covered

Date/Time/Location

Reflection Paper Due Date/Time

Personal and Social Identities in Context

Presenter: Neeraja Aravamudan, Assistant Director for Engaged Learning

 Ginsberg Center

Identity

Monday, November 7

5:30pm - 7:00pm

Ross Building room R1210

 

Monday, November 21, 5:30pm

 

Identity: What does it really mean?

Presenters: Chelsea Racelis & De'Mario Longmire

Identity

Tuesday, November 15

5:30pm - 7:00pm

Ross Building room R1210

Tuesday, November 29, 5:30pm

Your Leadership Journey

Presenter: Lynn Wooten, Senior Associate Dean for Student and Academic Excellence

Identity

Monday, November 21

5:30pm - 7:00pm

Ross Building room R1210

Monday, December 5, 5:30pm

Identity: What does it really mean?

Presenters: Chelsea Racelis & De'Mario Longmire

Identity

Monday, November 28

5:30pm - 7:00pm

Ross Building room R1210

Monday, December 12, 5:30pm

 

 

IDENTITY (I)
Drop In Office Hours

Date

Time

Locations

Tuesday, November 22

11:00am - 1:00pm

Weiser (1st Floor Ross, next to Siegel Cafe)

Tuesday, November 29

11:00am - 1:00pm Weiser (1st Floor Ross, next to Siegel Cafe)

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Calendar of Diversity Events:

Session Name & Presenter

IDO Requirement Covered

Date/Time/Location

Reflection Paper Due Date/Time

Connecting Across Difference

Presenter: CommonGround

Diversity

Tuesday,  November 8

5:30pm - 7:00pm

Ross Building room R1210

Tuesday,  November 22, 5:30pm

Connecting Across Difference

Presenter: CommonGround

Diversity

Monday, November 14

5:30pm - 7:00pm

Ross Building room R1210

Monday,  November 28, 5:30pm

Dimensions of Culture

Presenter: OSCR

Diversity

Tuesday,  November 22

5:30pm - 7:00pm

Ross Building room R1210

Tuesday,  December 6, 5:30pm

Giving Up to Fit In

Presenter: Patrick Parker

Diversity

Tuesday,  November 29

5:30pm - 7:00pm

Ross Building room R1210

Tuesday,  December 13, 5:30pm

 

DIVERSITY (D)
Drop In Office Hours

Date

Time

Locations

Wednesday, November 30

11:00am - 1:00pm

Weiser (1st Floor Ross, next to Siegel Cafe)

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Reflection Paper Guidelines:

Identity:

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business created this IDO experience to encourage you to think about your identities in new ways and how your identities and the identities of others can be of value in business.  The purpose of this paper is for you to reflect upon the Identity and Diversity in Organizations (IDO)-certified experience you recently attended and to share your thoughts and lessons learned.  

You must address ONE of the following prompts in this original reflection paper.  Prompts are composed of  multiple questions in the “What? So What? Now What?” format to help build a deeper reflection and make meaning of your IDO experience. What? questions ask you to collect information: What did you notice?  What stood out? So What? questions help make sense of the information: why is that important? What conclusions are emerging? And Now What? questions ask about next steps and future applications.

  • Prompt 1: What identities or group memberships do you ascribe to? Which ones are privileged vs. marginalized in society and in what context? Talk about an experience where you were really aware of those distinctions? How did your understanding of your identities change or expand by attending this IDO experience?  Describe how the new ways of looking at your identity will shape your involvement in the Ross community.
  • Prompt 2: Which group(s) membership contributes most to your identity as a student and why? What does it mean to you to be a member of this group? What expectations do people have of you because of your membership and why do you feel that is?  Describe a time when you didn’t meet these expectations and the impact that had on you? How do these expectations affect your campus experience and within the Ross Community? How will understanding identities be an asset to your experience within the business world?
  • Prompt 3: Describe an example of how you, your peer, or a student you observed was affected by one of their identities/group memberships.  How did your social identities impact your perceptions? What did you like/dislike about this experience?  What can you do to create a culture of inclusivity at Ross (within your organizations, study groups, classrooms, etc.)?

In addition to thoughtfully reflecting on at least one of these prompts, the overall quality of your writing will be evaluated.  Accordingly, make sure your reflection paper is clear, concrete, and free of spelling and grammatical errors.  Vague generalities should be avoided.  For writing assistance see an IDO Assistant during their office hours.

Your reflection paper must be 700 (+/- 25) words in length.  Preferred format is 12 point Times New Roman font, 1 inch margins on all edges, and 1.5 vertical spacing.  You may tweak the formatting but the word count is a firm requirement.

Your reflection paper will be due two weeks after the start date and time of the IDO experience you attended.  Then within the next two weeks your paper will be graded and returned with a complete or incomplete notation.  For example, if you attend an IDO experience on September 15, scheduled to begin at 5:30pm, your paper will be due by September 29 at 5:30pm and will be returned to you with a complete or incomplete notation by October 13 at 5:30pm.

The contents of your reflection paper will be kept confidential.  Your paper will not be shared with students, professors, recruiters, etc.  The only ones who will have access to your paper are you, IDO administrators, and academic advisors.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Programs: rossugprograms@umich.edu

Special thanks to Intergroup Relations (IGR) and the Ginsberg Center for their direction and support.

 

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Diversity:

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business created this IDO experience to encourage you to think about diversity in new ways and how diversity can be of value in business and society.  The purpose of this paper is for you to reflect upon the Identity and Diversity in Organizations (IDO)-certified experience you recently attended and to share your thoughts and lessons learned. To aide in your reflection draw upon the lessons learned in the identity IDO experience you took part in last year.  

You must address ONE of the following prompts in this original reflection paper.  Prompts are composed of  multiple questions in the “What? So What? Now What?” format to help build a deeper reflection and make meaning of your IDO experience. What? questions ask you to collect information: What did you notice?  What stood out? So What? questions help make sense of the information: why is that important? What conclusions are emerging? And Now What? questions ask about next steps and future applications.

  • Prompt 1: What is your definition of “diversity” after attending this IDO experience? How do your social identities (race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, citizenship, etc) influence how you view diversity? Did your understanding of diversity and identity change during this session?  If yes, how did it change? If no, in what ways was it reinforced? Describe how your definition of diversity shapes your involvement in the Ross community. What will you do to help further develop a diverse and inclusive community at Ross?
  • Prompt 2: Discuss your cultural intelligence(CQ) growth based on your experience and talk about how your social identities influence your CQ growth.  How has this experience affected the four quadrants of your CQ (Drive, Knowledge, Strategy, and Action)? What are some strategies you used to accomplish this growth?  What did you learn about yourself through the process? How will you adapt and make decisions across various cultural contexts (race, generational, etc.) in the future?
  • Prompt 3: Describe an experience you had as a result of living, studying or working with culturally diverse groups. How did your social identities influence your experience?  How is your culture/community similar or different from the culture/community you experienced? How can you apply these learnings to future group work (eg. internship, full time employment, volunteer work, etc)?

In addition to thoughtfully reflecting on at least one of these prompts, the overall quality of your writing will be evaluated.  Accordingly, make sure your reflection paper is clear, concrete, and free of spelling and grammatical errors.  Vague generalities should be avoided.  For writing assistance see an IDO reflection paper evaluator during their office hours.

Your reflection paper must be 850 (+/- 25) words in length.  Preferred format is 12 point Times New Roman font, 1 inch margins on all edges, and 1.5 vertical spacing.  You may tweak the formatting but the word count is a firm requirement.

Your reflection paper will be due two weeks after the start date and time of the IDO experience you attended.  For those wishing to fulfill the Diversity IDO Milestone by participating in a Ross approved study abroad experience you will be notified of your paper due date at your pre-departure meeting. Following submission your paper will be graded over the course of two weeks and returned with a complete or incomplete notation.  For example, if you attend an IDO experience on September 15, scheduled to begin at 7:30pm, your paper will be due by September 29 at 7:30pm and will be returned to you with a complete or incomplete notation by October 13 at 7:30pm.

The contents of your reflection paper will be kept confidential.  Your paper will not be shared with students, professors, recruiters, etc.  The only ones who will have access to your paper are you, IDO administrators, and academic advisors.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Programs: rossugprograms@umich.edu

Special thanks to Intergroup Relations (IGR), the Ginsberg Center, and Ross Global Initiatives for their direction and support.

Diversity Reflection Paper Guidelines are subject to change because the diversity IDO experiences will begin Fall 2016

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Organizations:

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business created this IDO experience to encourage you to think about identity and diversity in organizations in new ways and to communicate why this is important to society.  The purpose of this paper is for you to reflect upon the Identity and Diversity in Organizations (IDO)-certified experience you recently attended and to share your thoughts and lessons learned.  Please begin your paper with a brief (200 word/20% of word count) overview of the IDO experience you attended.  Your paper needs to include ways you plan to integrate the topic of the program in your own life and must connect with lessons learned in the identity and diversity programs you attended over the last two years.

In addition, you must address at least two of the following prompts in this original reflection paper.  (Some prompts are composed of two questions.):

  • How did this IDO experience help you understand the importance of identity and diversity in organizations?  What aspects of the IDO experience helped you formulate this meaning?
  • How did your understanding of diversity and identity change by attending this IDO experience?  In what ways was it reinforced?
  • Do you think this IDO experience will influence the way you interact with others going forward?  If so, how?
  • Why is it important to understand the concepts presented in this IDO experience?  How are these concepts linked to an understanding of identity and diversity?
  • In what ways will the topics of this IDO experience relate to your transition from college to your post-college plans?
  • What rewards and/or challenges do you expect in the future if you apply what you learned from this IDO experience to other aspects of your life?  What obstacles do you expect; what rewards do you anticipate; and what support do you need in this endeavor?
  • Article Aid:  You are in your final year at the Ross School of Business - congratulations!  If you have not yet found post-graduation work, how might the personal core values outlined by Erica Spelman from Zappos help you when making employment decisions?  If you have found post-graduation employment, in what ways does the corporate culture at your future employer align with Spelman's piece?  Don't forget to integrate information from the IDO experience you attended into your answer.  (http://www.zapposinsights.com/blog/item/the-benefits-of-identifying-personal-core-values)

In addition to thoughtfully reflecting on at least two of these prompts, the overall quality of your writing will be evaluated.  Accordingly, make sure your reflection paper is clear, concrete, and free of spelling and grammatical errors.  Vague generalities should be avoided.  For writing assistance see an IDO reflection paper evaluator during their office hours.

Your reflection paper must be 1000 (+/- 25) words in length.  Preferred format is 12 point Times New Roman font, 1 inch margins on all edges, and 1.5 vertical spacing.  You may tweak the formatting but the word count is a firm requirement.

Your reflection paper will be due two weeks after the start date and time of the IDO experience you attended.  Then within the next two weeks your paper will be graded and returned with a complete or incomplete notation.  For example, if you attend an IDO experience on September 15, scheduled to begin at 7:30pm, your paper will be due by September 29 at 7:30pm and will be returned to you with a complete or incomplete notation by October 13 at 7:30pm.

The contents of your reflection paper will be kept confidential.  Your paper will not be shared with students, professors, recruiters, etc.  The only ones who will have access to your paper are you, IDO administrators, and academic advisors.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Programs: rossugprograms@umich.edu

Special thanks to The Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR) for their direction and support.

Organizations Reflection Paper Guidelines are subject to change because the organizations IDO experiences will begin Fall 2017

Organizations Reflection Paper Guidelines pdf

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