Stanford Business Matters _ Juneteenth 2020

Stanford Business Matters
JUNETEENTH 2020
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From the Dean  
 

Today is Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in America one hundred and fifty-five years ago. It also reminds us of the work that remains to achieve racial equality.

Over the last few weeks, we have had many discussions with members of our community — in partnership with our Black alumni — about improving representation and inclusion of the Black community at the GSB, and strengthening our overall diversity efforts. In an open letter to GSB alumni, our Black Alumni Chapter shares perspectives, resources, and suggestions on how to fight racial injustice.

These discussions and exchanges are an important step toward actionable strategies. We will continue this work in the coming weeks, and I will write to you again later this summer with a set of actions and goals for the coming year. An important part of this process will be thinking about how the GSB can contribute to racial justice beyond our campus and across the United States.

I encourage you to use this Juneteenth to engage in reflection, and to make use of the resources that Stanford Library has assembled to learn more.

 
Jonathan Levin
 
Jonathan Levin, Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean
Stanford Graduate School of Business
 
 
 
Stories of Impact
Black Alumni Chapter: Dear Fellow Alumni
The incidents of recent weeks are rooted in systemic racism and are neither new nor isolated. Many of you have asked what can be done to help. Below are a few items we would like to share.
Senior Associate Dean Brian Lowery: To My White Friends, the Time for Talk has Passed. Now is the Time for Work.
It’s time to educate friends and family, and demand more of leaders. It is time to be more than a cheerleader or ally and find ways to make permanent change.
On Building Anti-Racist Organizations
Julia Collins, MBA ’09, founder of Zume Pizza & founder/CEO of Planet Forward, discusses how future leaders among the GSB graduates can build anti-racist organizations and communities.
Photo Credit | Reuters/Jason Redmond
A Call for Change
The Stanford Black Business Student Association challenges the Stanford GSB community to lead in the fight against racial violence and injustice.
Alumni Town Square
Lifelong Learning
Protecting the Black Vote During COVID-19 online | June 24
In this session, Mutale Nkonde discusses her work on “disinformation creep” – or the use of coronavirus disinformation to sow resentment and distrust of government among Black communities, with the aim of reducing Black voter turnout for the general election.
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Giving Back Giving Back
Refer Social Justice Organizations to the Alumni Consulting Team Deadline July 6
The Alumni Consulting Team (ACT), through which alumni provide strategic pro bono consulting to nonprofits, is doing targeted outreach to social and racial justice organizations. Please refer organizations that would benefit from business consulting to the ACT for Nonprofits website and ask them to apply by July 6 for services that begin in September. Questions? Contact Susan Austin.
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Voices of the GSB
Oladoyin Oladapo, MBA ’20

"Representation is really important for children of all backgrounds. Kids need to grow up seeing children who look like them, in whatever media they’re consuming. But I wanted to do it differently and be more engaging than most books that teach about culture."


– Oladoyin Oladapo, MBA ’20

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