Racial and Social Justice in the School of Business

June 2020

Dear School of Business Community,

Over the past year and half, we have heard an outpouring of stories and experiences about race in our country that impel us to listen, honestly examine our own views, and be more proactive in understanding and acting on issues of social and racial injustice. Our School’s mission is to prepare our students for professional success in today’s complex business environment, and part of that is an imperative to educate individuals to be responsible leaders who understand that diversity makes us all stronger, and who understand that racism and discrimination are unacceptable. The statements of many business leaders have shown how significant these values are to businesses.   

Building on Geneseo’s strong liberal arts tradition and the insights of our business disciplines, we are committed to fostering just and ethical business practices.  This is in line with the values put forth by Geneseo’s Office of Equity and Diversity: “The ideals of the SUNY Geneseo community strive to broaden understanding, heighten awareness, awaken empathy, and foster empowerment of all individuals.”

We want to ensure that the environment in the School of Business is one where all feel safe, welcomed and included. Last year we added a goal to our Strategic Plan, one which focuses on Positive Societal Impact. The first Objective under this goal is to “Increase Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” in the School. We have a number of action items on this Objective, which we are moving forward on with intent and energy.

I look forward to working with all members of our community to ensure that our conversations and actions provide excellent education in the broadest sense of the word, and that our dialogue on issues of diversity, equity, racial and social justice enrich and empower us individually and as a School.    


Mary Ellen Zuckerman, Dean
Geneseo School of Business