Hundreds Gather at Michigan Ross to Take a Stand, Kickstart Dialogue on Diversity


In a show of solidarity and symbol of unity, hundreds of Michigan Ross students, faculty, and staff members joined together today for a moment of silence and to take an opportunity to kickstart a dialogue about diversity in society. 

Dressed in all black and holding signs with the names of those lost to police shootings, students stood in silence for several moments on Monday afternoon in an event organized by the Black Business Student Association and the Student Government Association at Ross.

Marissa Smith, president of the BBSA, said the event is just the start of what is intended to be an ongoing, important conversation.

“I am honored to be a part of the Ross community because it’s clear after the turnout for today’s event that this is a community committed to driving the dialogue required to generate impactful change in our society,” Smith said.

The two organizations, in collaboration with the Dean’s office at Michigan Ross, said they will continue to develop programming and opportunities for the Ross community to come together, learn, and engage in these issues.

“We are deeply committed to developing a community that celebrates inclusion, diversity and empowerment – and we will not shy away from the difficult conversations that are necessary to get us there,” said Dean Scott DeRue, who participated in the moment of silence event. “I look forward to engaging in the conversation, listening to a wide range of views, and discussing ideas about how to move the school and our community forward.”

The BBSA and SGA are planning a community discussion event for October 12. Details are still being developed, but to learn more or to get involved, you can e-mail the BBSA.

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