In the spring of 2021, Acadia was proud to join a movement led by Dalhousie and the Atlantic Business Magazine to help reduce barriers and increase supports to ensure greater Black and Indigenous representation at boardroom tables across Canada. An inclusive business community is vital to promote future growth and prosperity, and it is crucial that Black and Indigenous students are empowered to become leaders in the business community, both regionally and beyond.
Research shows that organizations who embrace and value diversity have better results – whether it’s from increased creativity, innovation, decision-making or financial outcomes, organizations that embrace inclusivity are well positioned to thrive. It’s that simple.
Unfortunately, matriculation, retention, and graduation rates for Black and Indigenous students at business schools in Nova Scotia are insufficient to meet the demand for a pool of qualified and diverse candidates in the modern job market.
We are calling on all members of the Nova Scotia business community to embrace and support the Promise Scholars initiative here at Acadia University. We are proud of the Fred C. Manning School of Business for being a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive school, but we need to increase bursary funding directed to Black and Indigenous students to have our student body better reflect the needs of the modern business community.
The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree program from Acadia provides a comprehensive understanding of business fundamentals and is well-known for producing well-rounded graduates – graduates who are prepared for positions with the world’s most prestigious firms or to pursue advanced degrees at esteemed institutions. The funding provided through the Promise Scholars initiative will accelerate progress and empower two historically disadvantaged populations to pursue post-secondary education and have a better opportunity to fulfill their promise in the business community.
The Promise Scholars awards will be granted on an annual basis to students of Black or Indigenous descent in any year of study. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Director of the Fred C. Manning School of business and the school’s awards committee. Chosen recipients will be regarded as having a substantial impact on their peers, as evidenced through strong leadership qualities and good citizenship on campus and within the Acadia community at large.