Inclusive Business Leaders Program
College of Business students in the first cohort of the Inclusive Business Leaders program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln share their experiences in the new scholarship program. These first-year business students demonstrate a commitment to making Nebraska Business and the field of business a more inclusive environment for all. Learn more about the program at https://business.unl.edu/leaders
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[00:00:00.640]What does it mean to be inclusive?
[00:00:02.150]Well, before taking the
[00:00:02.983]Inclusive Business Leadership Course,
[00:00:04.690]I thought inclusion was just
[00:00:05.760]not excluding a certain group of people or ideas
[00:00:08.130]and I thought diversity was just bringing a large multitude
[00:00:10.770]of different people and ideas into one place.
[00:00:13.260]But after taking this course, I realized the true meaning
[00:00:16.330]of what it means to be inclusive and diverse.
[00:00:19.300]Taking this class does not feel like taking a class,
[00:00:21.960]but more like a family.
[00:00:23.220]A family with a shared purpose and idea
[00:00:25.530]of making the University of Nebraska a more diverse place.
[00:00:29.571]During the course of IBL,
[00:00:30.653]I learned that we all share different perspectives, I think.
[00:00:34.360]We all come from different backgrounds,
[00:00:35.530]different upbringings, and that leads
[00:00:37.150]to everybody having their own
[00:00:38.800]individual perspective on different topics.
[00:00:41.500]And in IBL, we go over many different topics,
[00:00:43.670]many different ideas, and it leads to just me understanding
[00:00:48.960]how people view the world differently,
[00:00:50.570]which in turn makes me view the world differently as well.
[00:00:53.734]I think I learned to be more open-minded
[00:00:55.770]about other people's experiences
[00:00:57.580]and also just to be on the lookout for people
[00:01:00.490]who maybe aren't represented as much or minority groups.
[00:01:04.350]During the course of IBL,
[00:01:05.600]I learned how to be way more inclusive
[00:01:08.010]and more diverse than ever before.
[00:01:09.250]I believe this course really opened up my eyes
[00:01:11.010]to realizing that there are so many different people
[00:01:13.270]from so many different cultural backgrounds.
[00:01:15.110]And I grew a much fonder understanding
[00:01:16.740]of what it really means to be diverse and inclusive.
[00:01:19.430]The things I learned through IBL
[00:01:21.040]have helped me realize that
[00:01:22.820]being inclusive is an intentional process and it's active.
[00:01:26.370]So it's not enough to just be a neutral,
[00:01:29.190]I'm not excluding people.
[00:01:30.710]Making intentional choices, like introducing yourself
[00:01:33.670]to your classmates, are really important
[00:01:36.490]and you involve inclusion.
[00:01:38.970]It's definitely made me more open-minded
[00:01:41.420]and it's definitely made me want to seek out
[00:01:43.960]and be more educated for myself.
[00:01:46.820]For me currently, I'm on the University and Nebraska
[00:01:48.750]track and field team and we have athletes
[00:01:50.200]from all over the country.
[00:01:51.540]And so I really make a conscious effort
[00:01:53.250]to take time and learn about where they came from,
[00:01:55.470]what they value, and how life is different out there
[00:01:58.290]than here it is in America.
[00:02:01.000]In the beginning of the school year,
[00:02:01.833]we learned about biases and different opinions
[00:02:03.907]and I still think about that and I still just
[00:02:06.790]go back to that first day, nine months later.
[00:02:09.820]So the things I learned through IBL,
[00:02:11.500]I use when I lead organizations, like Pride in Business,
[00:02:14.690]I use when I attend events,
[00:02:16.730]and I use when I relate to others.
[00:02:18.350]So when I'm sharing my experience,
[00:02:20.040]I've done that a lot in IBL and that helps me
[00:02:23.230]do it effectively to other people and listen.
[00:02:25.690]So listening has been a big factor in that too.
[00:02:29.000]When I see somebody that's struggling
[00:02:30.680]or needs a little extra help, I know more ways
[00:02:32.890]that I can cater to their needs and I can see people
[00:02:36.210]that need more help that might not be as obvious.
[00:02:39.550]Prior to coming to college,
[00:02:40.420]I was very introverted, I would say,
[00:02:43.600]but this class has made me more extroverted
[00:02:45.500]and definitely made me want to meet people
[00:02:49.430]instead of me just trying to meet people.
[00:02:51.300]It's given me more of a push, I would say.
[00:02:55.240]I think my favorite memory was the group project we did.
[00:02:59.000]We just did a scavenger hunt
[00:03:00.800]and everybody was really into it and it was super fun.
[00:03:04.000]I think my favorite memories are just any time
[00:03:05.980]we got to work in a group or do projects together.
[00:03:09.070]It's not a specific memory, but it's just that
[00:03:11.470]when you're going to college or university,
[00:03:13.810]you're sometimes in such a big lecture hall
[00:03:15.780]that you don't really get to connect with other people.
[00:03:18.710]So I think this class, or course,
[00:03:21.290]really emphasized connections
[00:03:24.270]because it's such a small course.
[00:03:25.990]My favorite memory from IBL is
[00:03:28.230]the case competition we did, the ethics case competition.
[00:03:31.410]Our group tried so hard...
[00:03:34.310]And it was such a good learning experience for everybody.
[00:03:37.060]It was really fun just bonding with them,
[00:03:38.980]learning about one another on a more intimate level.
[00:03:42.170]It was a great experience.
[00:03:44.500]We are the inclusive business leaders.
[00:03:46.778]Making business a more inclusive place for all.
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