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Black Lives Matter to Entrepreneurship Educators

Friday, June 5, 2020   (3 Comments)
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Dear USASBE Community,

In this time of raised awareness with the Black Lives Matter movement, USASBE affirms the inherent human dignity and equality of all persons and we reject discrimination and racism in all forms.  The events of this month and the generational trauma they underscore are testing us, pushing us, and challenging us like never before. We contemplate the responsibility the USASBE community can have in righting the wrongs pervasive in our society, and consider the impact we can have through increased awareness and meaningful action within the discipline of entrepreneurship education and our communities.

While there is still much work to do, USASBE’s Minority and Women’s Entrepreneurship Social Interest Group (SIG) has thrived and is a demonstrable example of the strength possible when educators come together around economic justice and equity for underrepresented entrepreneurs.  The goal of the Minority and Women’s Entrepreneurship SIG is to increase success rates of historically underrepresented groups.  As educators and researchers this is done through developing inclusive pedagogy, conducting quality and meaningful research, streamlining practices, and building external relations that increase participation and success rates for underrepresented groups of entrepreneurs.  Lifting up the efforts and voices of this SIG and its members has been and will continue to be a privilege of our USASBE community.

Being an ally to support efforts within our communities requires both affirmation and action.  Broadly throughout the organization, we strive to provide robust and inclusive supportive content and resources for our members to understand how systemic societal issues can be incorporated into their teaching, research, and practice.  We commit to continuing to do more through increased efforts to raise up voices of diversity at conferences, speaking engagements, sponsors and partnerships, and suppliers.

Our efforts will grow in time through attention and commitment as we strive to do the next thing better than it was done before. Below are some actions members can commit to do:


  • Buy Black:  Find businesses in your own community and support them with your business

  • Identify causes that you are passionate about and donate to grass root organizations

  • Peacefully work on cultural and institutional change in your organization or place of work

  • Engage in self-education. A list of podcasts, books and other resources are curated on our website at

  • Invite Black entrepreneurs to your campus and classroom to provide role models for students

Economic solidarity and efforts to lift voices and provide economic pathways for black students, faculty and entrepreneurs is more than a noble cause, it is a necessary one. We encourage all members, partners, and friends to join us as we stand with justice through affirmation and action.

In courage, strength and solidarity,

Jill Kickul

President - USASBE


Tanya Pope


Minority and Women’s Entrepreneurship SIG


Shorouq Almallah


Minority and Women’s Entrepreneurship SIG

Julienne Shields




Leon C. Prieto says...
Posted Monday, June 15, 2020
This is a timely post that highlights the need to continue the fight to end systemic, structural, and institutional racism, and the importance of supporting black businesses. I am emboldened more than ever to continue the work of ensuring the success rates of black entrepreneurs, and to increase the self-efficacy of those who are considering becoming entrepreneurs. It is indeed time for us to become more intentional in this struggle, and to do the work that is necessary.
Oscar Edwards says...
Posted Sunday, June 14, 2020
Thank you for the post, June 5th from MWE SIG with USASBE leadership to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. After marching with my daughter, wife, and friends this past weekend and seeing the post in my inbox was right on time energy. This movement triggered by the broadcast death of George Floyd is so meaningful to the Millennials and youth and their efforts to not only be heard about equality in America but and its future role in the world. Thank you for announcing that the USASBE MWE SIG is onboard...Black Lives Matter to Entrepreneurship Educators.
Jay Fulgencio says...
Posted Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Thank you for the post. Truly does speak volumes.

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