Diversity & Equity

The School of Business

Diversity & Equity

As the largest and most diverse business school in Oregon, we believe diversity, cultural awareness and equity for all people is paramount for institutional impact and global change. This belief motivates everything we do.

Diversity and Equity Initiatives and Programs

As part of our inclusive business strategic initiative, a dedicated team of faculty and staff serve to ensure The School of Business is working toward fostering an inclusive culture and support network to bolster the underserved populations who are leading the future of business. This work includes improving student access and success, implementing faculty and staff training on racial equity, and supporting a variety of school-wide initiatives and programs.

Sharona Snyder

Atmos Diversity Student Leadership Program

The Atmos mission is to increase diversity in the business world by strengthening today's diverse and underrepresented minority business students, offering scholarships, mentoring students, providing academic support, engaging in professional development and contributing to career placement services.

Women of Color in Business presenter

Empowering Women of Color in Business

A collaboration with the Women’s Resource Center, this annual event centers the experiences of professional women of color. With speakers who are leading Portland’s top businesses, the event focuses on a topical business theme like Redefining Failure and Reclaiming Our Time.

Jessica Ferrell

Open for Business

As a collaboration between students, staff and alumni, Open for Business works to serve and support LGBTQ leaders, professionals and community members through the annual Open for Business event, professional development, resource sharing and the Out in Business Scholarship.

Students on Karl Miller Center Rooftop

Redefine & Transform Scholarships

These graduate business scholarships embody The School of Business vision to redefine business and transform lives. Scholarships are awarded to leaders in: Racial equity, LGBTQ+ rights, women in business, advancing global perspectives, community development and environmental stewardship.

Summer Business Institute Participants

Summer Business Institute

SBI welcomes regional high school sophomores and juniors from historically underserved populations to experience The School of Business first-hand and prepare for a successful college career. Students meet with Portland business leaders, engage in college-level coursework and build a community of peers.

WOKE Week Presenters

WOKE Week

Wellness, Opportunity, Knowledge and Empowerment define the annual event series, WOKE Week. Presented by the Atmos program, WOKE Week sheds light on barriers that people of color face in business through panels and workshops for The School of Business and greater Portland community. 

Undergraduate Student Services Team

If you are want to learn more about opportunities for students of color at The School of Business, connect with the undergraduate student services team:

Alex Garfias
Diversity Retention Specialist
Email: agarfi2@pdx.edu

Evan T. Green
Assistant Director of Diversity & Equity Outreach
Email: evgreen@pdx.edu

Lisa Heinsdale
Diversity Recruitment and Retention Specialist
Email: lisa33@pdx.edu