Building an inclusive culture in the Boston campus
By Bemboli Mozagba – Editor of The Global Gazette (Boston)
As we dive into not only a new year, but a new decade entirely, it can be easy to throw out some of the more important campaigns and ideals that we saw take further GREAT leaps throughout the 2010s – anti-discrimination and inclusivity. As US Black History Month (February 1st to 29th) looms and Hult London prepares to hold an anti-discrimination campaign throughout February, let us take the time to lend our support to them, as well as remind ourselves of the kind of environment we’d like to foster, specifically, at our ever-growing Hult Boston campus.
The very essence and DNA of Hult as a school revolves around the global representation we have across our campuses. In layman’s terms: diversity. Diversity is what unites every single Hultian from the students to the staff, all the way up to faculty. Given that Hult’s bedrock and foundation is this, as a community we must continue to protect this powerful foundation against any instances, small or large, of discrimination and intentional exclusion of individuals. As defined by the Cambridge Dictionary,
Discrimination is “the treatment of a person or particular group of people differently, in a way that is worse than the way people are usually treated.”
Now, just as a personal yet very obvious aside, if you’re a student at Hult who openly feels the need to share very crude, prejudiced and discriminatory beliefs, my question to you is how you managed to sleep your way through your entire Application & Admissions process? Perhaps the brand of Hult International Business School, with its various international campuses, international student body, faculty, and staff, and the scrolls of information you receive from its very “focused” recruitment team all flew over your head. If those weren’t deterrents to you continuing your application process, all one can do is shrug their shoulders and laugh.
At Hult Boston, any sort of culture is really only being created as of the present. Seeing as Postgraduate students spend a maximum of two years at the school then cycle out, and the Undergraduate programme is only two years old, the ability to actually start any definable culture lies completely within the hands of the students who are here now, especially the undergraduate students. The things we build and create as a campus, and the behaviours and ideas we encourage and support, ultimately dictate how things will work in the future. The world itself continues to move towards inclusion and the notion of a “Global Village” whereby globalisation transcends even barriers of business, governance, and even culture. So, honestly, a great deal of the work of Hult Boston students is done for them: we are a new campus that is part of a world that is moving in the direction of celebrating and supporting diversity. Whether we are talking about race, religion, sexuality, mental or physical disability, among others, there simply isn’t any space, nor tolerance for any kind of discrimination here.
Inclusivity: the quality of trying to include many different types of people and treat them fairly and equally.
As a black South African-Congolese lad with dreadlocks, who always walks around with music blaring in his ears and tends to laugh (sometimes) way too loudly, it is very easy for me to fall into many stereotypes and prejudices. I know, however, that as a member of the Hult community it is my differences that make me the individual that I am, whilst simultaneously emphasising the diversity that intuitively exists at the school. Just like every member of this community, I bring a little novelty to the campus. These traits could, for whatever reason, make me the target of bullying, harassment, or even isolation from my peers. However, they don’t. This could be for various reasons, but I’d like to believe (especially for the sake of this article) that the Hult community prefers to pass judgement on the basis of one’s character and personality as opposed to any phenotypic, or group-related characteristics.
We at the Boston Campus are on an excellent track. Also, there is quite literally “no pressure” in terms of keeping up this kind of culture as members of the Hult Community in the present are helping to build towards whatever exists in the future. There is nothing difficult about treating other human beings with courtesy and respect. As a campus, going all the way from the students to Dean Chavez, we have thus far done an amazing job in keeping discrimination and intentional exclusion far away. Thus, this article acted more as a reminder than anything else.
The reminder being: to be discriminatory and anti-inclusion is to be simply “UN-Hultian”.