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VSB will be a leader in creating an inclusive, equitable and diverse community that serves all members and stakeholders and reflects the University’s commitment to equality, justice and mutual respect. VSB will also seek to increase the representation of underrepresented groups across race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, socio-economic, religious and other social identities and backgrounds.



Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD, the Helen and William O’Toole Dean of the Villanova School of Business, shares the various ways business schools can, and should, contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion in their schools as well as in the broader community.



Aronté Bennett, PhD
“Community is the hallmark of the Villanova experience. Our office is working to develop leaders who recognize that a strong community is one in which all members feel welcomed and valued.”
- Aronté Bennett, PhD
Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at VSB



Shaneen Dewendre
“A diverse workforce is an innovative workforce – whether it’s diversity in gender, race, age, or background. For organizations to grow and thrive, diversity is acutely critical.”
– Shaneen Dewendre  ’20 MBA
“Women are their own biggest critics. Don’t wait to check every single box on that job description before you apply. Think of it as having room to grow your knowledge base, and absolutely take a chance. You will be surprised by what you can accomplish if you have confidence in yourself.”
– Luana Wolk ’19 MBA
Luana Wolk ’19 MBA

The Villanova School of Business is thankful to @BlackVillanova for creating space for our Black and People of Color community members to share their experiences. We hear you.

As a Senior Leadership Team, we are reading each post and listening to our community members. We encourage the entire VSB community to do the same. To facilitate the necessary changes, we need to lean into challenging conversations.

The stories shared weigh heavily on our minds and hearts. We have work to do to make our community more welcoming and inclusive, and we will respond in a way that is proactive and supportive.

VSB is revising its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion plans to include more actionable steps with visible outcomes. We are a School dedicated to its students, faculty, staff and alumni and are committed to learning, understanding and growing – all of it from a deep spiritual center. Your words will make us become a stronger Augustinian community that truly values each and every person.

We stand with you and will work together to eliminate systemic racism within VSB, the University and the world.

-The VSB Senior Leadership Team


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“Each of us had something to learn from others and something to teach in return.”
- St. Augustine



“Embracing all with mutual respect leads to rich discussions, broader perspectives that in turn bring all together in any environment to achieve together.”
Michele Etzel ’87 VSB
Chair, Dean’s Advisory Council;
CEO, National Enterprise Solutions;
CFO, National Graphics Inc.