Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Nick Castro, assistant dean, Office of Inclusive Excellence (second from left) and Lindner dean Marianne Lewis (fourth from right) pose with Business Fellows at The Toast. Photo by Joseph Fuqua II.


The Lindner community is driven by inclusive excellence, valuing the synergistic power of collective aspirations, diversity and collaboration. Inclusive excellence is rooted in fairness and respect, valuing others and promoting belonging. We enable servant leaders that inspire confidence and empower others to do their best work and be their authentic selves.

Through business learning, we solve problems that impact lives, organizations and society. Lindner will go beyond counting people, to making people count. Lindner students, faculty and staff strive to be culturally competent, global citizens and inclusive leaders.

Student Programs

Business Fellows

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From left: Business Fellows students Brandon Davis, BBA '20, Angela Brown, BBA '20, and John Thomas, BBA '21.

Since 2011, Business Fellows have found a strong sense of community and have benefited from the curricular, scholarship and professional development opportunities offered from "Day One" at UC. 

Business Fellows provides a network of resources, programming and student leadership opportunities for students to achieve success at Lindner and beyond.

Inclusion Partners

Lindner Inclusion Partner organizations empower their members while contributing to the cultural awareness in the Lindner College of Business and the University of Cincinnati as a whole. Current Inclusion Partner organizations include Lindner Women in Business and Pride at Lindner.

Withrow University High School Pathway to Lindner

Building from a shared mission of empowering problem solving through business, the University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College of Business and Withrow University High School of Business partner to provide opportunities for high school students to engage with university-level business coursework.

The Withrow University High School of Business Pathway to Lindner program introduces college-level coursework to students while they are still in high school, allowing them to earn college credit and be prepared for study at any college or university.

Faculty Research

The business case for diversity, equity and inclusion is oftentimes at the heart of research and problem-solving conducted by faculty, doctoral and postdoctoral students beyond the classroom. Check out some featured research below, or search Digital Measures, our research and publication database.

  • “Identifying and Closing Gender Gaps in Sales Education,” by Karen Machleit, PhD, marketing department head and professor and Jane Sojka, PhD, marketing professor-educator.
  • “The Effects of Diversity in Global, Distributed Collectives: A Study of Open Source Project Success” by Sherae Daniel, PhD, associate professor, operations, business analytics, and information systems (OBAIS).
  • “Understanding and managing intergenerational interactions: An examination of influences and strategies” by Elaine Hollensbe, PhD, professor of management, and Suzanne Masterson, PhD, senior associate dean, faculty, research and Lindner culture and professor of management.

Thank You to our Partners


  • PNC Bank


  • Smuckers
  • Sycamore Capital


  • MassMutual Ascend
  • PepsiCo


  • Cardinal Health
  • Cintas
  • Paycom
  • Protective Life
  • Sherwin Williams
  • U.S. Bank

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Nick Castro

Assistant Dean, Office of Inclusive Excellence


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Victoria Regan

Assistant Director, Office of Inclusive Excellence


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Brienne Blair

Assistant Director, Office of Inclusive Excellence


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Arielle Betts

Program Coordinator, Office of Inclusive Excellence