Marriott Inclusion in Business Society prepares diverse students for future careers

the Marriott Inclusion in the Commercial Society provides training and academic resources to marginalized students at Marriott Business School.

Marriott Inclusion and Business Society Advisor Staci Carrol says the organization is student-led and promotes understanding between peers. She described the group’s initiative as a means of providing education on workplace inclusion and building community for underrepresented students.

Organization includes minority-based target communities groups mostly represented at the Marriott School of Business. Some examples of Marriott Inclusion in Business Society sectors are Women, Latinos, and LGBTQ.

Attendees at the bi-annual Women in Business dinner enjoy getting to know each other. Women in Business is one of many subgroups of the Marriot Inclusion in Business Society. (Photo courtesy of Jesse Clobes)

While the group primarily targets Marriott School of Business students, it does not exclude those from other majors. Kaela Johnson, co-chair of Marriott Inclusion in Business Society, said anyone looking for a safe place or wanting to learn more about diversity and inclusion is welcome.

The company’s co-chair, Tiana Tolman, said she hopes people know they can come as they are. She hopes “that they can feel safe and feel empowered by their differences and not marginalized by them,” she said.

Each community organizes events aimed at their respective faction. The University Society also organizes events and resources for the general public. Marriott Inclusion in Business Society Guests about one event per week.

“We recognize that building certain communities for all demographics is difficult, but we do our best to always provide resources and foster events where everyone can feel included and safe,” Tolman said.

Students mingle in a gastronomic and cultural evening organized by Marriot Inclusion in Business. The organization hopes to create an environment of inclusion for students from diverse backgrounds. (Photo courtesy of Aubrey Rushton)

The organization includes opportunities for networking, major exploration, and educational tools for the future workforce. Group leaders focus on providing an environment for students to connect with those like them as well as individuals from other minority groups.

Johnson said she hopes that students can not only find a sense of belonging, but also gain greater confidence in navigating the business world.

On February 22, the Marriott Inclusion in Business Society, alongside other organizations, held a carnival to celebrate Black History Month at the Smith Fieldhouse.

Tolman said she believes the organization “helps you recognize that your unique differences are your superpower, not your downside.”

Marriott Inclusion in Business Society leaders feature all upcoming events in newsletters distributed via email. To receive newsletters, electronic registration is available on the group’s website website. More information can be found on their social media, including LinkedIn and instagram.

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