More than 100 people attended a day-long summit October 21, 2016 that brought together experts in higher education and business leaders to learn about and prepare for the growing Hispanic population in Iowa, the United States, and in particular, our business schools.
The Iowa State University College of Business hosted the Building on Diversity – Higher Education and Business Summit, an initiative with The PhD Project and The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. This was only the second such summit, with more expected to be hosted around the country.
“This was a great gathering of people from government, higher education, and industry to talk about one of the critical issues facing this country-the business education opportunities for our growing Hispanic population,” said Raisbeck Endowed Dean David Spalding.
The summit was designed to bring these groups together to share and learn how to capitalize on opportunities created by this changing demographic. Current trends point with certainty to a culturally-diverse business school population and regional workforce (with Hispanic representations growing at a double-digit rate) developing over the next 20-25 years.
“Business schools and related institutions will encounter intelligent and highly-motivated but diversely prepared students in its halls and classrooms,” said Jose Rosa, Professor and John and Deborah Ganoe Faculty Fellow at the College of Business.
“Many of them will be first generation students from Hispanic families. Student success-to-graduation will be more important than ever as the U.S. economy continues to shift in its areas of strength and need. Businesses will look to higher education to provide business-ready managers and professionals,” Rosa said.
The primary purpose of the summit was to encourage conversation and collaboration between business and higher education leaders, starting with a shared understanding of changes we can expect. This event brought together experts in areas such as population and societal trends, labor and product markets, education, and regional leaders who are already grappling with these topics.
By design, summit activities went beyond the sharing of knowledge and included roundtable sharing between business and academic leaders, and included the development of short- term solutions. The goal was to bridge the gap between policy and execution, and to reduce any divide that may exist between what business is doing and seeking, and what business schools are pursuing.
Panelists and facilitators included:
- José Antonio Rosa, PhD, professor and John and Deborah Ganoe Faculty Fellow at the College of Business.
- Jonathan Wickert, PhD, senior vice president and provost, Iowa State University
- David Spalding, Raisbeck Endowed Dean, College of Business, Iowa State University
- Scott Jenkins, director of state policy for Lumina Foundation
- Reginald Stewart, PhD, vice president for diversity and inclusion, Iowa State University
- Matt Hazenbush, research communications manager for the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)
- Rebeca Perren, PhD, assistant professor of marketing, California State University San Marcos
- Samantha Cross, assistant professor in marketing at Iowa State University
- Yone Dewberry, vice president of supply chain, Land O’Lakes
- Joe Downs, senior business manager in marketing, Union Pacific Railroad
- Bernard J. Milano, president of the KPMG Foundation and KPMG Disaster Relief Fund
- Daniel Moore, principal account manager, Airborne Communications at Rockwell Collins
- Brian Dreibelbis, senior director of supply chain human resources / labor and employee relations, Land O’Lakes
- Margarita Benítez, PhD, senior associate, Excelencia in Education
- William Perry, PhD, served as president of Eastern Illinois University (2007 to 2015)
- Jerome Williams, PhD, executive vice chancellor and provost, Rutgers University-Newark
- Jim Larimore, chief officer, the Center for Equity in Learning at ACT
- Iowa Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds
- Iowa Governor Terry Branstad