Diversity Statement

WACUBO’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Excellence

WACUBO is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion excellence in all aspects of culture, activities, and people. As a professional development organization for practicing and aspiring business officers serving higher education, WACUBO values, champions, and creates a welcoming environment inclusive of all personal and professional identities. WACUBO demonstrates its commitment in the following ways:

  • Recognize that categories of diversity are cultural constructs that are deeply rooted in personal history and experiences
  • Acknowledge systemic marginalization and injustices
  • Practice inclusivity to:
    • Develop a culture of awareness around diversity, equity, and inclusion and model behavior accordingly
    • Consider diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of programming including topics, people, and logistics
    • Include diverse representation within the leadership, volunteers, faculty, speakers, and business partners at all levels of WACUBO

The WACUBO Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee is interested in getting feedback on the newly approved Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Excellence Statement. The chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is Patricia Realo Anderson. Contact us at [email protected]. Please join our listserv.

A Message from the WACUBO Board

June 5, 2020

Our hearts ache for humankind as we see systemic marginalization and injustices in front view with the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and countless others. There are legitimate expressions of emotions including anger, frustration, pain, sadness, anxiety, and exhaustion with these traumatic events. Our institutions of higher education have been posting heartfelt messages and WACUBO would like to add our voice to the collective intolerance of racism and injustice. To help on this journey, we ask everyone to remember that it is a moral obligation to listen with both our minds and hearts.

Recognizing that categories of diversity are cultural constructs that are deeply rooted in personal history and experiences, we ask you to reflect on your values and listen deeply as we walk through this critical moment in time. While we watch current events unfold and build awareness, WACUBO reaffirms our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Be well,