Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Grow the Good in Business ™ Case Competition


The annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Grow the Good in Business™ Case Competition joins the forces of Mendoza specialized master’s students and local business leaders who are committed to equity and inclusion in the workplace. During three rounds of competition, teams will:

  • Propose written and oral solutions to a business challenge related to diversity, equity and inclusion to distinguished judges.
  • Utilize the business acumen developed while in Mendoza in an exciting and thoughtful way.
  • Showcase leadership, problem-solving, teamwork and presentation skills.
  • Collaborate across specialized master’s programs.
  • Learn the value of creating an inclusive environment that promotes mutual advancement.
  • Compete for $20,000 in prizes.
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Diversity, equity, and inclusion at work and in our communities are complex and multifaceted topics. The challenges and opportunities associated with pursuing more diverse, equitable, and inclusive companies and communities are vast and themselves diverse. These considerations encompass issues such as pay equity, discrimination, a spirit of belonging, representation in leadership, individual biases, and systemic inequities. Our businesses play one of the most critical roles in working toward meaningful progress.

Diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplaces and communities flourish - they lift up and are enriched by all of their members. Pursuing equity is good for all of us.

For this, our inaugural DEI Grow the Good in Business Case Competition, and in collaboration with the State of Indiana, the case addresses one aspect related to the much broader topic of DEI. Students participating in the Case Competition will be tasked with examining the disproportionate impact of socioeconomic challenges on communities across Indiana and proposing a business solution to the wealth gap. Mendoza recognizes that DEI involves meaningful steps toward implementing ideas for change, in partnership with stakeholders. To that end, the community-based research the students generate through the competition will be made available to the State of Indiana for their possible use.

We recognize the opportunities and challenges in this space are complex and ongoing. As a result, this year’s DEI Grow the Good in Business Case Competition is one of many ways the Mendoza College of Business looks forward to engaging around many of the issues of equity and inclusion through our courses and programming in the future.

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