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Inclusion, Diversity and Equity at the Trulaske College of Business

Making Our House a Home

Building on the philosophy embraced by the University of Missouri, the inclusion, diversity and equity (IDE) philosophy at Trulaske can be summarized in single vision: “Making Our House A Home.” This vision informs how the faculty, staff and students of the college conduct business, interact and treat those around us.

At Trulaske, this home focuses on inclusion, making family members (students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors) feel valued, and inspiring all to strive for excellence every day.

Members of the college community actively seek opportunities to share their rich backgrounds, special abilities and the myriad experiences in their lives. They strive to lead the way in business education by providing an engaging environment filled with opportunities to innovate and help redefine business for decades to come.

To ensure inclusion, diversity and equity in the college, we focus on three key areas:

Recruitment: Identify additional recruitment pipelines to deepen and broaden the pool of minority, underrepresented and/or under-resourced students, faculty and staff at the Trulaske College of Business.

Culture & Retention: Foster a culture of inclusion between Trulaske faculty, staff and students through IDE programming, education, engagement opportunities and increased partnerships with key external and internal stakeholders.

Enrichment & Growth: Enhance enrichment opportunities to maximize student success, with a focus on utilizing funded programs to provide equitable resources for the underrepresented, under-resourced and minority populations.

Meet the Director

Erika Aaron

The Trulaske College of Business welcomed its inaugural director of inclusion, diversity and equity and in May 2021. Erika Aaron, an experienced diversity champion with a master’s degree in business administration, previously served as a faculty recruitment specialist with MU’s Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity. In that position, she played a key role in developing initiatives that establish and grow inclusive hiring pipelines and that attract diverse candidates through outreach efforts. At Trulaske, Aaron expands her scope to include all college constituents, creating programs that promote diversity and equity; providing training to faculty, staff and students; and bringing best practices in inclusive excellence to ensure the college is a leader on and off campus. Aaron is also the Director of the Allen Access Program.

Examples of IDE-Focused Enrichment Programs at the Trulaske College of Business


The Bottom Line for Diversity Conference’s mission is to develop culturally competent leaders. This event further equips students with awareness of the value of diversity and inclusion through interaction with corporate trainers, keynote speakers, and top employers.


The Trulaske Business Insider Series connects the expertise and passions of Trulaske faculty with the citizens of Missouri and beyond. This monthly webinar series was created with the goal of providing business-related expertise and facilitating conversations on socially sensitive topics that can affect organizational success.


The Department of Management’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation focuses its efforts on programming and research at the intersection of entrepreneurship and neurodiversity. The center strives to establish pathways to graduation for neurodiverse students and to build awareness of the value that these students bring to interdisciplinary teams working on innovative projects.


The Cornell Leadership Program, established in 2006, provides high-performing students a carefully designed set of experiences to develop leadership skills and business acumen. Students have the opportunity to delve into current business issues, participate in service opportunities and learn about global business.


The Vasey Academy, established in 1997, provides underrepresented, and/or under-resourced students a variety of enrichment opportunities to help them as they enter the exciting world of global business. Through coursework, mentoring and exposure to executives across the nation, students create a foundation for their professional network while learning more about navigating the world of business.


The Heartland Scholars Academy, established in 2018, equips first-generation, rural students with the tools and skills needed to achieve academic success at Mizzou and provides them with exposure to the business world through a variety of activities, including corporate trips and program-specific seminars.


The Trulaske Business Academy, established in 2008, serves as a pre-college summer program for students interested in business who are from underrepresented groups. The academy’s goal is to introduce students to the various disciplines and career opportunities within the business world, while also experiencing life on a college campus. Learn more:


TruWomen is designed to motivate and inspire high school junior and senior young women to pursue a business degree at Mizzou. Participants develop professional skills that can be leveraged through the college admissions process and beyond, learn about the student experience, gain business experience through interactive learning activities, and network with faculty, staff, alumni and local business leaders.