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Identity and Diversity in Organizations (IDO)

 

Identity and Diversity in Organizations (IDO)

BBA Milestone Degree Requirement 

"One of our strengths is that students come to Michigan Ross with a wide range of experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives.  Our IDO milestone helps students develop the skills needed to get the most out of a rigorous business education, to participate in our welcoming campus climate, and to be highly effective in professionals throughout their careers."

--Norman Bishara, Associate Dean for Undergraduate & Early Career Programs

 

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 sessions. The first session will address identity and is due by the end of a student's sophomore year in the BBA program. The second session will address diversity and is due by the end of a student's junior year in the BBA program. The third session will address organizations and is due by March 1 of a student's final year in the BBA program. Students must complete the identity milestone before the diversity milestone, and the diversity milestone before the organizations milestone. 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. Being aware of identities and how others form their identities is important for understanding how to be part of diverse education and professional organizations, and assists in development of future business leaders.
• 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, shareholders, 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 in business and to positively impact society.

To complete this requirement, each student must attend three different IDO sessions (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 an IDO Assistant. By following a standard rubric, assistants have the authority to approve or not approve the completion of this milestone degree requirement. Once a student has attended each IDO session and has had the reflection paper approved, the corresponding IDO milestone will be marked as complete and a milestone degree remark will be posted to the unofficial transcript. Students must have these milestone marks in order to receive the BBA degree.

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Calendar of Identity Events:

Session Title

Presenter

Session Date/Time/Location

Reflection Paper Due Date/Time

Personal and Social Identities in Context

Neeraja Aravamudan

Assistant Director for Engaged Learning Participants, Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning

Monday, September 18 

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Blau Building room B1570

Monday, October 2, 5:00 PM

Identity: What Does it Really Mean?

Ross IDO Peer Facilitators 

Tuesday, September 26

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Blau Building room B1570

Tuesday, October 10, 5:00 PM

Social Identity & Leadership

Taryn Petryk

 Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Ross School of Business

Tuesday, October 10

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Blau Building room B1570

Tuesday, October 24, 5:00 PM

Social Identity 101 

CommonGround Facilitators

The Program on Intergroup Relations

Monday, October 23

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Blau Building room B1570

Monday, November 6, 5:00 PM

Legacy Lab

Sanger Leadership Center 

Sign up through Sanger

Thursday, November 9, 5:00-7:00 PM
and
Thursday, November 16, 5:00-7:00 PM

Attendance is required at both sessions

Thursday, November 30, 5:00 PM

Identity: What Does it Really Mean?

Ross IDO Peer Facilitators

Tuesday, October 31

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Blau Building room B1570

Tuesday, November 14, 5:00 PM

Identity: What Does it Really Mean?

Ross IDO Peer Facilitators 

Monday, November 13

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Blau Building room B1570

Monday, November 27, 5:00 PM

Social Identity 101

CommonGround Facilitators

The Program on Intergroup Relations

Tuesday, November 21

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Blau Building room B1570

Tuesday, December 5, 5:00 PM

Identity: What Does it Really Mean?

Ross IDO Peer Facilitators 

Monday, December 4

5:30 PM- 7:00 PM

Blau Building room B1570

Monday, December 18, 5:00 PM

To be announced

To be announced

Tuesday, January 9

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: TBD

Tuesday, January 23, 5:00 PM

To be announced

To be announced

Monday, January 15

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: TBD

Monday, January 29, 5:00 PM

Social Identity 101

CommonGround Facilitators

The Program on Intergroup Relations

Tuesday, January 30

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: TBD

Tuesday, February 13, 5:00 PM

Social Identity 101

CommonGround Facilitators

The Program on Intergroup Relations

Tuesday, February 13

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: TBD

Tuesday, February 27, 5:00 PM

Identity: What Does it Really Mean?

Ross IDO Peer Facilitators 

Monday, February 19

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: TBD

Monday, March 5, 5:00 PM

The LeaderShape Institute

 

The Leadershape Institute

Monday, February 26-March 3

All Day

Camp Michigania- Boyne City, MI

Monday, March 19, 5:00 PM

To be announced

To be announced

Tuesday, March 6

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: TBD

Tuesday, March 20, 5:00 PM

Identity: What Does it Really Mean?

Ross IDO Peer Facilitators 

Monday, March 12

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: TBD

Monday, March 26, 5:00 PM

Personal and Social Identities in Context

Neeraja Aravamudan

Assistant Director for Engaged Learning Participants, Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning

Monday, March 19

5:30 PM- 7:00 PM

Location: TBD

Tuesday, April 2, 5:00 PM 

Identity: What Does it Really Mean?

Ross IDO Peer Facilitators

Tuesday, March 27

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: TBD

Tuesday, April 10, 5:00 PM

 

 

IDENTITY (I)
Drop In Office Hours: Fall 2017

Day

Time

Location

Wednesdays

12:00 PM- 1:30 PM

K1534

Thursdays

10:30 AM- 12:00 PM

K1534

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Calendar of Diversity Events:

Session Title

Presenter

Date/Time/Location

Reflection Paper Due Date/Time

The Gender Divide

Taryn Petryk

Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Ross School of Business

Tuesday, October 3

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Blau Building room B1570

Tuesday, October 17, 5:00 PM

From Stigma to Strength: Rethinking How We Do Diversity

Mira Charlotte Krishnan

Sponsoered by UM Investing in Ability and the Ann Arbor District Library

Wednesday, October 18

7:00- 8:30 PM

Downtown Library: Multipurpose Room

Wednesday, November 1, 5:00 PM

Diversity: What Does it Really Mean?

Ross IDO Peer Facilitators

Monday,  November 6

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Blau Building room B1570

Monday,  November 20, 5:00 PM
Diversity: What Does it Really Mean? Ross IDO Peer Facilitators

Monday,  November 20

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Blau Building room B1570

Monday,  December 4, 5:00 PM
Working Effectively in Diverse Groups Office of Student Conflict Resolution

Tuesday, November 28

5:30 PM- 7:00 PM

Blau Building room B1570

Tuesday,  December 12, 5:00 PM
To be announced To be announced

Monday,  January 22

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: TBD

Monday,  February 5, 5:00 PM
To be announced To be announced

Tuesday, February 6

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: TBD

Tuesday,  February 20, 5:00 PM
To be announced Office of Student Conflict Resolution

Tuesday, February 20

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: TBD

Tuesday, March 6, 5:00 PM
The LeaderShape Institute The Leadershape Institute

Monday, February 26-March 3

All Day

Camp Michigania- Boyne City, MI

Monday, March 19, 5:00 PM

To be announced

To be announced

Monday, March 5

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Blau Building room B0570

Monday, March 19, 5:00 PM

To be announced

To be announced

Tuesday,  March 20

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Blau Building room B0570

Tuesday,  Apr 3, 5:00 PM
To be announced To be announced

Monday,  March 26

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Blau Building room B0570

Monday,  April 9, 5:00 PM

 

 

DIVERSITY (D)
Drop In Office Hours: Fall 2017

Day

Time

Location

Wednesdays

12:00 PM- 1:30 PM

K1534

Thursdays

10:30 AM- 12:00 PM

K1534

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Calendar of Organizations Events:

Session Title

Presenter

Date/Time/Location

Reflection Paper Due Date/Time

Diversity at Work: A Storytelling Special 

MBA Alumni and Faculty

Sponsored by the MBA Program Office and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Wednesday, September 6

7:00 PM- 8:30 PM

Robertson Auditorium

Wednesday, September 20, 5:00 PM

Developing Inclusive Organizational Cultures Through Leadership

Deloitte 

Tuesday, September 19

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Blau Building room B1570

Tuesday, October 3, 5:00 PM

The Art of Inclusion

Quicken Loans

Monday,  September 25

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Blau Building room B1570

Monday,  October 9, 5:00 PM

Leading to Leverage Difference in Organizations

Dean Scott DeRue

Monday,  October 2

5:30 PM- 7:00 PM

Blau Building room B1570

Monday,  October 16, 5:00 PM
The Business Case for Diversity Salesforce

Monday, October 9

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Blau Building room B1570

Tuesday,  October 23, 5:00 PM

Building a Diverse Organization:  Opportunities and Challenges

Goldman Sachs

Monday,  October 30

5:30 PM- 7:00 PM

Blau Building room B1570

Monday, November 13, 5:00 PM
Ideas for Resolving the Gender Paradox in Business Professor Cindy Schipani 

Tuesday, November 7

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Blau Building room B1570

Tuesday,  November 21, 5:00 PM
To be announced Cascade Engineering

Monday, November 27

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Blau Building room B1570

Monday, November 12, 5:00 PM
To be announced Morgan Stanley

Tuesday, December 5

5:30- 7:00 PM

Blau Building room B1570

Tuesday, January 2, 5:00 PM
Creating a Giving Culture  Professor Wayne Baker

Tuesday,  January 23

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: TBD

Tuesday,  February 6, 5:00 PM
To be announced To be announced

Monday,  January 29

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: TBD

Monday,  February 12, 5:00 PM

 

 

Organizations (O)
Drop In Office Hours: Fall 2017

Day

Time

Location

Wednesdays

12:00 PM- 1:30 PM K1534

By Appointment

By Appointment By Appointment

Reflection Paper Guidelines:

Identity Learning Outcomes and Prompt

Identity Learning Outcomes

After attending an identity session, you will be able to:

  • Understand the concept of identity and why it is important
  • Identify and understand how personal and social identities influence their perception of culture
  • Explain how identity and cultural backgrounds influence values, perspectives, life experiences, and leadership practice
  • Apply the concept of identity to various scenarios and contexts, including their personalusal lives and future professional roles

Identity:

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business created this IDO session to encourage you to think about your identities in new ways and how your identities and the identities of others influence perceptions of culture. The purpose of this paper is for you to reflect upon the identity session you recently attended.  

The prompt is composed of multiple questions that ask you to collect information, explain why that is important, and apply the information to your own experience. In order to receive credit for the identity milestone, your paper must address ALL of the questions in the prompt and provide examples from the identity session. 

  1. Which of your personal identities and which of your social identities are most important to you, and why? 
  2. Explain how your personal and social identities have shaped one of the following in your life: values, perspectives, life experiences, or leadership practices.
  3. Describe how being aware of your own identities helped you understand the experiences of your peers who have different identities?
  4. How will your values, perspectives, life experiences, and/ or leadership practices influence how you interact with your peers in Ross or in the workplace?

Additionally, while the content of this paper is of a personal, reflective nature, you are expected to follow conventions of formal, academic writing.  Accordingly, make sure your reflection paper is clear, concrete, and free of spelling and grammatical errors.  Vague generalities should be avoided.

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.

For writing assistance, see an IDO Assistant during office hours.

Papers that do not meet these expectations will lose points, which could lead to your milestone receiving an incomplete.

Your reflection paper will be due two weeks after the IDO session you attended at 5 PM EST. Your paper will be evaluated by an IDO Assistant by two weeks after the date your paper was due. For example, if you attend an IDO experience on September 15, your paper will be due by September 29 at 5:00pm and will be returned to you with a complete or incomplete notation by October 13.

The contents of your reflection paper will be kept private.  Your paper will not be shared with students, professors or recruiters.  The only ones who will have access to your paper are you and Ross staff members affiliated with the IDO program.

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Diversity Learning Outcomes and Prompt

Diversity Learning Outcomes

After attending a diversity session or Ross Global Experience, you will be able to:

  • Explain how identities and cultural backgrounds play a role in group relations
  • Include multiple perspectives in discussions, decision making, and problem solving processes
  • Identify skills you have or need to develop to effectively navigate diverse groups in and beyond business contexts

Diversity:

The Stephen M. Ross of Business created this IDO session to encourage you to think about diversity in new ways and how diversity can be of value in different cultural settings. The purpose of this paper is for you to reflect upon an experience you have had and the diversity session you recently attended through IDO.

The prompt is composed of multiple questions that ask you to collect information, explain why that is important, and apply the information to your own experience. In order to receive credit for the diversity milestone, your paper must address ALL of the questions in the prompt and provide examples from the diversity session.

  1. What does diversity mean to you and how has your interpretation been shaped by your experiences and your personal and social identities?
  2. Describe an experience you had living, studying or working with a group that you considered diverse. In what ways were you similar to and different from the other members of the group?
  3. What did you learn about yourself from the experience you described?  What knowledge and skills did you already possess, and which ones did you develop during this experience?
  4. How can you apply what you know about diversity and the skills you gained from the experience you described to help you succeed in future team-based work (i.e. internship, full time employment, volunteer work, group projects, student organizations)?

Additionally, while the content of this paper is of a personal, reflective nature, you are expected to follow conventions of formal, academic writing.  Accordingly, make sure your reflection paper is clear, concrete, and free of spelling and grammatical errors.  Vague generalities should be avoided.

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.

For writing assistance, see an IDO Assistant during office hours.

Papers that do not meet these expectations will lose points, which could lead to your milestone receiving an incomplete.

Your reflection paper will be due two weeks after the IDO session you attended at 5 PM EST. Your paper will be evaluated by an IDO Assistant by two weeks after the date your paper was due. For example, if you attend an IDO experience on September 15, your paper will be due by September 29 at 5:00pm and will be returned to you with a complete or incomplete notation by October 13.

The contents of your reflection paper will be kept private.  Your paper will not be shared with students, professors or recruiters.  The only ones who will have access to your paper are you and Ross staff members affiliated with the IDO program.

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Organizations Learning Outcomes and Prompt

Organizations Learning Outcomes

After attending an Organizations session, you will be able to:

  • Explain how identity and diversity play a strategic role in business organizations
  • Discuss how differences in access to resources and opportunities based on identities can influence the success of individuals and organizations
  • Utilize an understanding of the value of diverse teams as a way to achieve competitive advantage in business

Organizations:

The Stephen M. Ross of Business created this IDO session to encourage you to think about how your identities interact within organizations as well as how diversity is of value in business and society. The purpose of this paper is for you to reflect upon an experience you have had and the organizations session you recently attended through IDO.

The prompt is composed of multiple questions that ask you to collect information, explain why that is important, and apply the information to your own experience. In order to receive credit for the organizations milestone, your paper must address ALL of the questions in the prompt and provide examples from the organizations session.

  1. What are ways in which businesses benefit from including diverse identities in the workforce? What outcomes or results would an organization gain by implementing effective diversity and inclusion practices that they may otherwise lack?
  2. Describe an example of a time when you worked in an organization that successfully utilized inclusive practices or an example of a time a company you worked with would have benefitted from incorporating more diverse perspectives in their decision making.
  3. How might a difference in access to resources and opportunities based on social identities impact an individual’s or organization’s ability to succeed?
  4. What are ways in which successful businesses work to remove barriers to success and create inclusive cultures for their potential and current employees? In what ways could you contribute to this within an organization?

Additionally, while the content of this paper is of a personal, reflective nature, you are expected to follow conventions of formal, academic writing.  Accordingly, make sure your reflection paper is clear, concrete, and free of spelling and grammatical errors.  Vague generalities should be avoided.

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.

For writing assistance, see an IDO Assistant during office hours.

Papers that do not meet these expectations will lose points, which could lead to your milestone receiving an incomplete.

Your reflection paper will be due two weeks after the IDO session you attended at 5 PM EST. Your paper will be evaluated by an IDO Assistant by two weeks after the date your paper was due. For example, if you attend an IDO experience on September 15, your paper will be due by September 29 at 5:00pm and will be returned to you with a complete or incomplete notation by October 13.

The contents of your reflection paper will be kept private.  Your paper will not be shared with students, professors or recruiters.  The only ones who will have access to your paper are you and Ross staff members affiliated with the IDO program.

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