Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Thought Leadership

Themes of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are central pillars of thought leadership at Michigan Ross. Our community of faculty, staff, and students pursue a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to developing and disseminating impactful knowledge and groundbreaking research related to DEI in business. 

Focused Coursework

Learn more about some of the Michigan Ross courses that help prepare students to be diverse and inclusive leaders in business. 

Leading Diverse Teams and Organizations: A DEI Toolkit (MO 730)

Leading Inclusive, High-Performing Organizations (MO 605)

Impact of Financial Markets on Social Welfare (FIN 625)

Equity Analytics (STRATEGY 415/615)

Interviews, Essays, and Op-Eds

Access the latest DEI-focused interviews, essays, and op-eds from Michigan Ross faculty.

Ross Thought In Action

Newly Extended Visa Ban Likely to Cause Significant Negative Effects

Michigan Ross Professor Jagadeesh Sivadasan discusses a recent White House decision.

DEI Research and Teaching Awards

The annual DEI Research and Teaching Awards honor research related to diversity, equity, and inclusion conducted at Michigan Ross. Additionally, the J. Frank Yates Diversity and Inclusion Teaching Excellence Award honors a faculty member who demonstrates a commitment to diversity and inclusion, and who makes a significant positive impact on the learning and growth of students. 

The 2021 award recipients are:

Karthik Nagappan

Faculty Research - Mohamed Mostagir, Assistant Professor of Technology and Operations
Social Inequality and the Spread of Misinformation

Karthik Nagappan

Faculty Research - Sarah Miller, Assistant Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy
Estimated Mortality Increases During the COVID-19 Pandemic by Socioeconomic Status, Race, and Ethnicity

Karthik Nagappan

J. Frank Yates Diversity and Inclusion Teaching Excellence Award - Marcus Collins, Clinical Assistant Professor of Marketing

Research Centers and Institutes

Michigan Ross is home to centers and institutes committed to furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion within their areas of focus through research and campus programming. 

The Michigan Ross DEI Leadership Team

Carolyn Yoon

Carolyn Yoon, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Carolyn Yoon is the associate dean for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion and the Wilbur K. Pierpont Collegiate Professor of Management at the Ross School of Business. She is also a professor of marketing at Ross and a faculty associate at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. As associate dean for DEI, she is charged with guiding the school's DEI strategic plan and implementation. She is passionate about championing key initiatives at Ross to advance diversity, equity, and justice and foster a vibrant culture of inclusion and belongingness for students, staff, and faculty.

Thomas Bell

Thomas Bell, Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Thomn Bell is a critical race scholar/practitioner with 16 years of professional experience. Prior to joining Ross, he served as director of the Center for Educator Preparation and as the inaugural managing director of the Urban Institute for Racial, Economic & Environmental Justice, both at U-M Flint, and as assistant professor of education and director of accreditation at Madonna University. He completed his PhD in Higher Education Leadership at Colorado State University (CSU), where he researched whiteness and white supremacy in the educational project. He also earned an MS from CSU in higher education and a BS from Grand Valley State University.