Inclusion, Equity and Diversity

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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. The Lindner College of Business will go beyond counting people, to making people count. Lindner students, faculty and staff strive to be culturally competent, global citizens and inclusive leaders.

Curriculum and Resources

Inclusive leadership is what makes business problem solving possible. It’s what activates diverse teams to achieve their full potential.

Lindner faculty build course syllabi to address the business case for diversity, equity and inclusion. Additionally, students embark on their own personal leadership journey as they progress through courses in their major, leveraging resources like Jennifer Brown’s Inclusive Leader Continuum, and put into practice their learned traits of inclusive leadership. 

One does not need to look much further than business news outlets like The Wall Street Journal, FORTUNE and Harvard Business Review to find a correlation between a company's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and perforamnce.

The business case for diversity, equity and inclusion:

  • Leaders are enabled to operate more effectively within diverse markets.
  • Companies can better connect with diverse customers.
  • Teams demonstrate a more diverse spectrum of ideas.
  • Individuals of all backgrounds in the workforce can reach their full potential.

Inclusive leaders guide teams through the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous factors that affect global businesses.

Some of the traits of inclusive leadership, from "The Six Signature Traits of Inclusive Leadership" by Juliet Bourke and Bernadette Dillon (Deloitte University Press) include:

  • Treat people and groups fairly, based on their unique characteristics, rather than on stereotypes.
  • Personalize individuals, which is understanding and valuing the uniqueness of diverse others while also accepting them as members of the group.
  • Leverage the thinking of diverse groups for smarter ideation and decision making that reduces the risk of being blindsided.

Programs for Students

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

Business Fellows is a community for African American, Hispanic, Latinx and Native American students within the Lindner College of Business.

As the first and only college-administered program at an Ohio business school specifically dedicated to supporting historically underrepresented students, Business Fellows provides a network of resources, programming and student leadership opportunities for students to achieve success at Lindner and beyond.

First-year Business Fellows typically have the once-in-a-lifetime experience of being able to participate in study abroad during their first semester of college.

Below are a couple videos students created as they reflected on their experiences and lessons learned.

  • Azaria Blair, BBA '23
  • Nathan Peppers, BBA '23
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A woman with blonde hair wearing a tan blaze and black top smiles and stands next to Lindner Women in Business 2020-21 student president Vanessa Morrow, who is wearing a grey blazer and black top with white polka dots.

Lindner Women in Business member with 2020-21 Lindner Women in Business President Vanessa Morrow, BBA ’21.

Lindner Women in Business focuses on inspiring, empowering, and developing young women by spotlighting the various careers, disciplines and industries open to emerging businesswomen.

Founded in 2013 as a student organization made up of 30 members, Lindner Women in Business transitioned to a Lindner Office of Inclusive Excellence program in 2018.

The organization has been recognized as a Student Organization of the Year by the University of Cincinnati Student Activities Board for its continued success in empowering members of the community and maintaining a member retention rate of more than 90%.

Promotes an inclusive and empowering environment for LGBTQ students, faculty, staff, and community allies at the Lindner College of Business. PaL's mission focuses on community, career, awareness, and advocacy.

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.

  • “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). Read more.
  • “Understanding and managing intergenerational interactions: An examination of influences and strategies” by Elaine Hollensbe, PhD, department head and professor of management, and Suzanne Masterson, PhD, associate dean, faculty, research and Lindner culture and professor of management. Read more.
  • “I am and I am not: Self-verification in the face of role-based image discrepancies” by Bina Ajay, PhD, department of management. Read more.

Thanks to our Partners


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PNC Bank


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The David J. Joseph Company


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Protective Life Insurance Company

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Contact us

For more information on connecting with our students, please complete our interest form:

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Nick Castro

Executive Director, Office of Inclusive Excellence


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Victoria Regan

Program Manager, Office of Inclusive Excellence