Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Anonymous DEI Feedback Form

In an effort to implement change within our organization, we wanted to give our members an opportunity and location for them to share their thoughts. Our goal is to make large changes to the way that Women in Business is structured, so any feedback is extremely helpful. Keep in mind, this feedback form can be used to discuss diversity as it is defined directly below. Be candid and honest, this is YOUR space!

Click here to access the feedback form!

Growth Mission

As of 2021-2022, WIB’s main priorities for DEI initiatives are to:

  • Recruit and retain more students from diverse backgrounds to enrich our student organization (refer to definition of diversity below)
  • Provide our members access to speakers with diverse backgrounds and views
  • Remove barriers to entry for our members within WIB
  • To collaborate and promote businesses that have equitable practices, inclusive workplaces for fostering diversity, unique approaches to sustainability, or whose practices align with WIB’s mission.

DEI Statement

In Women in Business, our dedication to welcoming individuals in any industry comes from our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is our mission as a student organization to ensure that each member of our community has an opportunity to thrive in our environment.

We are aware that the name of our organization has strong gendered ties; however, this is not reflective of the inclusive space we seek to create. Our membership is not dependent on the construct of gender; transgender and gender non-conforming students are encouraged to join WIB and utilize what WIB has to offer. All womxn are welcome here!

Diversity: In WIB, we are committed to fostering a safe space and increasing diversity. This includes race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language, culture, national origin, religious commitments, age, (dis)ability status, fields of study, and political perspective.

Equity: As an organization, we are actively working to educate, reduce, and respond to bias, harassment, and discrimination. Our goal is to diminish the amount of barriers womxn face not only when entering WIB, but also when entering the workforce. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status.

Inclusion: We are pursuing deliberate efforts to ensure that WIB is a place where every individual feels a sense of belonging and feels supported through our shared experiences. This means empowering all of our members to have a loud and strong voice in our organization. Speak up, share your thoughts and feelings, and challenge barriers! As a reminder – you do not have to be a business major to join WIB!

Requesting Accomodations

If you would like to request accommodations for our events or your membership, please reach out to arianna-contreras@uiowa.edu or camryn-hunter@uiowa.edu for assistance.

For any questions or concerns please contact our VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Arianna Contreras, at arianna-contreras@uiowa.edu.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion was last modified: January 12th, 2022 by Christina Kaufman