Dr. Jamie Parson, an assistant professor in the Walker College of Business' Department of Finance, Banking and Insurance will serve as acting co-director of the university's Inclusive Excellence Team, part of the Center for Academic Excellence.
Dr. Parson and Dr. Greg McClure, an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the Reich College of Education, will lead in the place of Dr. Brandy Bryson, who will be on Off Campus Scholarly Assignment (OCSA) Fall 2020-Spring 2021. Bryson will be serving as a leadership and research development fellow with the Center for Strategic Diversity Leadership and Social Innovation.
Dr. Parson will continue to chair the Walker College's Inclusive Excellence Team.
About Inclusive Excellence in the Walker College of Business
The Walker College of Business is committed to promoting an inclusive environment for all Appalachian business faculty, staff and students to enhance their cross-cultural and community leadership and engagement. We foster a culture that values diversity and we intentionally include people and perspectives from diverse cultures, worldviews, backgrounds, traditions and ways of life. We know that diversity takes many forms, including, but not limited to, diversity of Age, (Dis)ability, Cultural Background, Educational Background, Gender Expression, Gender Identity, Geographical Region, National Origin, Neurodiversity, Race and Ethnicity, Religion, Sexual Orientation/Sexuality, Socioeconomic Status/Social Class and Veteran Status. We believe organizations that value people from a multitude of backgrounds have a competitive advantage in global industry and that business can empower change on a grand scale when guided by just, inclusive and equitable principles. We aspire to provide a welcoming and empowering home for every business student, faculty and staff member, where all 1) value diverse perspectives, 2) acknowledge societal injustices toward marginalized groups, 3) recognize and overcome our own biases and 4) use our talents and skills to create a more inclusive and just society. Learn more at business.appstate.edu/diversity.