Equitable Opportunity Collaborative

The Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is proud to announce the launch of an exciting new initiative, the Equitable Opportunity Collaborative (EOC). The EOC seeks to draw together diverse minds within Michigan Ross and the broader academic community to share and collaborate on rigorous research on equity and opportunity in business and related domains. Equitable opportunity research focuses on understanding and addressing disparities and barriers that certain groups face in accessing resources, opportunities, and fair treatment, regardless of factors like race, gender, socioeconomic background, or other aspects of identity.

Our Mission

Our mission is to build and support a dynamic community of researchers dedicated to advancing understanding and fostering innovation in research on equity across business and related domains, including education, energy and environment, healthcare, sports and entertainment, and technology. We aim to educate and empower academics, students, business leaders, policymakers, and other individuals to champion equity and opportunities that will drive meaningful change within their organizations and society at large.

Upcoming: Equitable Opportunity Conference June 6-7

We are pleased to announce the Inaugural Equity Opportunity Conference to be held on June 6-7, 2024, at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. This conference will bring together academics, practitioners, and policymakers for a cross-disciplinary exchange of research and ideas related to equity and opportunity across business and related domains, including education, energy and environment, healthcare, sports and entertainment, and technology.

For conference information, registration, and paper submission.



About the Equitable Opportunity Collaborative

The Equitable Opportunity Collaborative (EOC), a pioneering initiative that embodies our commitment to leadership in business education, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the advancement of research excellence. In launching the EOC and its inaugural conference, we are taking a decisive step toward addressing the critical issues of equity and opportunity that are pivotal in today’s society. This initiative reflects our unwavering commitment to not only advancing the frontiers of business education and research but also making a profound and positive impact on society.

EOC Opportunities

There are several opportunities to get involved in the Collaborative. 

Equitable Opportunity Lab

The Equitable Opportunity (EO) Lab at Michigan Ross supports scholarship on diversity, equity and inclusion with an emphasis on scholarship that features notions of fairness and justice in business contexts.  If you would like to affiliate with the EO Lab or fund our work, please contact us at the EO Lab, or email us at RossEOLab@umich.edu

EOC Research Grant

The Ross Office of DEI and the Equitable Opportunity Collaborative (EOC) invites faculty, post-docs, and graduate students from academic institutions to contribute to the advancement of equity and opportunity in business-related domains through rigorous and innovative research.


Annual Equitable Opportunity Conference

The Equitable Opportunity Conference will serve as a vibrant platform for sharing rigorous research, innovative ideas, and transformative strategies that aim to address disparities and barriers that certain individuals and communities face and to foster a business landscape that offers more equitable access to resources and opportunities.  Click here for more information on the conference. 

Upcoming Initiatives

The EOC aims to develop in the near future opportunities for workshops and webinars as well as a dedicated research publication series.  

Additional Opportunities for Involvement

We are looking for:

  • Members willing to lead and participate in a research clusters
  • Sponsors and partners for events and research grants
  • Speakers and presenters for events
  • Researchers interested in contributing to our publication series

Please contact Carolyn Yoon (yoonc@umich.edu) if you are interested in supporting this work. 

For more information contact us at yoonc@umich.edu