The Office of Academic Equity (OAE) at CSUSB’s Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration (JHBC) has been awarded the 2024 Inspiring Programs in Business Award from Insight Into Diversity magazine.

This recognition is given to institutions that actively support and guide underrepresented students towards careers in business. Cal State San Bernardino, among 27 honorees, will be featured in the magazine’s April 2024 issue.

The award is based on a college’s or university’s initiatives to mentor, teach, conduct research and develop successful programs that inspire young individuals to pursue business careers.

“This accolade is a testament to the dedication and creativity of our team in championing meaningful change within our institution and beyond,” said Tomás Gomez-Arias, dean of JHBC.

The OAE was particularly commended by Insight Into Diversity for its dedication to diversity, with standout programs such as the JHBC ShEconomy, targeting women, and The Voice Series, focusing on African American men, both orchestrated by Francisca Beer, director of the OAE.

“The JHBC ShEconomy event and The Voice Series embody our commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging within the university and the broader community we serve,” said Gomez-Arias. “These programs not only empower voices historically silenced but also enrich our understanding of the versatile dynamics of today's economy and society. They exemplify the transformative impact that inclusive practices can have on shaping the future of business and organizations, making them better and more effective in the pursuit of their goals.”

Lenore Pearlstein, the owner and publisher of Insight Into Diversity, emphasized the importance of recognizing business programs that successfully mentor underrepresented students.

“We are proud to honor these programs as role models to other institutions of higher education and beyond,” said Pearlstein.

Insight Into Diversity stands as the foremost publication on diversity and inclusion in higher education.