An open letter to the Ilitch Business community

We, the leaders of the Mike Ilitch School of Business, stand with our Black students, faculty, alumni and friends and People of Color everywhere in the fight for racial justice and against racism in all its forms.

Wayne State University is home to the most diverse student body in Michigan, and one of the university’s core values is to respect all people and understand that their unique experiences, talents and perspectives make us stronger. With today’s renewed energy in the Black Lives Matter movement, it’s time to recommit ourselves to listening to and learning from one another to ensure that the Ilitch School is a welcoming place for all.

During this difficult time, we want to hear from you: our students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners. Your thoughts and experiences about diversity and inclusion at the Ilitch School can help us plan ways to improve. We must find the power to embrace inclusion and overcome prejudices. Gathering ideas and input is a necessary first step in creating long-term goals and lasting change.

Below you will find a link for a brief, anonymous survey. Please take a moment to share your thoughts. The results will be used to provide information for dialogue and to identify ways we can work together to ensure diversity is valued in the Mike Ilitch School of Business.

The survey has closed.

Please respond by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 26.

In the meantime, we encourage any student interested in learning more about resources currently available on campus to contact WSU’s Office of Multicultural Student Engagement (OMSE) or to contact your Ilitch School advisor.

As always, any member of the Ilitch School community is welcome to email any of us directly. Your leadership team is listening. We will learn, we will adapt and we will work together to better serve all in our Ilitch School community and beyond.


Dean Bob Forsythe
Associate Dean Bertie Greer
Associate Dean Toni Somers

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