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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, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs

 

IDO Requirement Description Calendar of Events

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 Events:

 

Session Name & Presenter

IDO Requirement Covered

Date/Time/Location

Reflection Paper Due Date/Time

Identity 101

Presenter: Common Ground

Identity

Thursday, January 14th

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Ross Building room R0420

Thursday, January 28th, 6:00pm

E3:  Entering into, Engaging with & Exiting Communities across Difference

Presenter:  Shari Robinson-Lynk/Ginsberg Center

Identity

Thursday, January 21st

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Ross Building room R1240

Thursday, February 4th, 6:00pm

Social Identity Profiling

Presenter:  Semaj Ray

Identity

Thursday, January 28th

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Ross Building room R1240

Thursday, February 11th 6:00pm

Work on Purpose

Presenter:  Lynn Wooten

Identity

Thursday, February 11th

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Ross Builidng room R1240

Thursday, February 25th, 6:00pm

CQ Assessment Workshop

Presenter:  Laura Haas/Ross Global Initiatives

Identity

Thursday, February 25th

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Ross Building room R1240

Thursday, March 10th, 6:00pm

Legacy Lab - Values

Presenter:  Shawn Quinn - Sanger Leadership Center

Identity

Friday, February 26th

11:00am - 12:30pm

250 Hutchins Hall

Friday, March 11th, 11:00am

LeaderShape

Presenter:  Student Life - Campus Involvement

Identity

Monday, February 29th  through 
Friday, March 4th

All Week

Camp Michigania

Friday, March 18th, 5:00pm

 

 

IDO Drop In Office Hours

Date

Time

Locations

Friday, January 15th

9:00am - 10:00am R0246 / R0248 / R3010 / RCS

Friday, January 22nd

11:00am - 1:00pm R1226 / R1228 / R1236 / RCS

Friday, January 29th

11:00am - 1:00pm R1226 / R1228 / R1236 / RCS

Friday, February 12th

11:00am - 1:00pm R1226 / R1228 / R1236 / RCS

Friday, February 26th

10:00am - 11:00pm

1:00pm - 2:00pm

W2722

R1228 / R1236 / RCS

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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.  Please begin your paper with a brief (150 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 IDO experience in your own life.

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

  • What does "identity" mean to you after attending this IDO experience? What aspects of the IDO experience helped you formulate this meaning?
  • How did your understanding of your identities change by attending this IDO experience?  In what ways was your understanding of your identities 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 your own identities?
  • How is an understanding of identity valuable in business?
  • What are some actions you can take over the next three years at Ross that pertain to identity?
  • 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:  How does Beverly Daniel Tatum's piece "The Complexity of Identity: 'What Am I?'" elevate your understanding of identity?  In what ways does this article connect with the IDO experience you attended?

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 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 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, academic advisors, and reflection paper graders.

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.

Identity Reflection Paper Guidelines pdf

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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.  Please begin your paper with a brief (175 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 IDO experience you took part in last year.  

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

  • What does "diversity" mean to you after attending this IDO experience?  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 diversity?  How does identity tie into this understanding?
  • Why is workforce diversity important in business?
  • What are some actions you can take during your remaining time at Ross to promote diversity?
  • 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:  In what ways does the IDO experience you attended connect with the conversation between Ekaterina Walter and Neil Lenane in "Reaping The Benefits of Diversity for Modern Business Innovation"?  What are your views on Lenane's saying, "if you do not intentionally include, you unintentionally exclude"?  (http://www.forbes.com/sites/ekaterinawalter/2014/01/14/reaping-the-benefits-of-diversity-for-modern-business-innovation/)

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 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.  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, academic advisors, and reflection paper graders.

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.

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

Diversity Reflection Paper Guidelines pdf

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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, academic advisors, and reflection paper graders.

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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