Equity Opportunity Collabortive

The Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is proud to announce the launch of an exciting new initiative, the Equity 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. Equity 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 and opportunity 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.

Get Involved in the EO 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 

Equity Opportunity Conference

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.

The conference aims to:

  • Showcase Innovative Research: Present cutting-edge academic research that addresses equity issues within the specified fields, highlighting novel methodologies, findings, and implications for policy and practice.
  • Facilitate Knowledge Exchange: Encourage the exchange of ideas and best practices among different stakeholders, including researchers, industry professionals, and policymakers, to bridge the gap between theory and application.
  • Enhance Collaboration: Create opportunities for networking and collaboration among participants from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, fostering partnerships that can lead to joint research initiatives, policy development, and practical implementations.
  • Inform Policy and Practice: Provide a platform for discussions on how research findings can inform policy-making and practice in a way that promotes equity and inclusiveness in the various sectors discussed.
  • Promote Multidisciplinary Approaches: Encourage a multidisciplinary perspective on equity, recognizing that solutions to equity and opportunity issues are often complex and require insights from multiple fields.

Call for Presentations and Posters

We invite submissions for paper and poster presentations on equity and opportunity that align with but are not necessarily limited to the following themes:

Financial and Economic Equity:

Topics may include but are not limited to access to capital, financial inclusion policies, and gender wage equity.

Educational and Digital Equity:

We welcome presentations on data analytics in education, bridging the digital divide, and other related topics.

Health and Environmental Equity:

Submissions might address global health disparities, environmental justice, and equitable resource distribution.

Sports and Entertainment Equity:

Presentations could explore using equity analytics in sports, access and representation in entertainment, and other related topics.

Who We Are, What We Do

The EO Lab is structured as a broad coalition of faculty, students, and staff (i.e., affiliates) from Michigan Ross and the greater University of Michigan community. Supported by the Ross Office of DEI, the EO Lab welcomes partnerships with the various Centers and Institutes of Michigan Ross and U-M. EO Lab affiliates consider who works where, how people work, what is earned from work, and how access to employment and entrepreneurship aligns with prevailing notions of fairness and justice. For example, EO Lab affiliates study how social identity (e.g., race, gender, immigrant status) conditions entrepreneurial opportunities, competitive positioning, and business performance.  We use equity analytics to measure gaps among people and firms, diagnose their root causes, and design interventions to close those gaps. We develop custom teaching cases that prepare students to conduct equity audits. And we collaborate with organizations interested in addressing disparities in their workforces, supply chains, and other business practices.

Current Scholars and Fellows

Our Scholars and Fellows are supported through funds from the Ross Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office and the Ross Deans Office.   A critical mass of Ross faculty and doctoral students across all academic areas of business (e.g., finance, management, marketing, operations, strategy) are currently conducting research focused on equitable opportunities and, more specifically, racial disparities in business. By structuring intellectual engagement among researchers who may otherwise focus narrowly on the theories and methods of their respective fields, our Scholars and Fellows are part of a created intellectual community that is greater than the sum of its parts.  The EO Lab is comprised of Ross Scholars (i.e., faculty), Fellows (i.e., graduate students), and other affiliated members (non-funded faculty, non-funded students, and staff) to develop an engaged community around equity centered research.  Each year the Lab will fund proposed projects and engage in intellectual conversation that promotes impact of equity centered research in the communities we serve.  

For more information on becoming a EO Lab Scholar or Fellow contact us at RossEOLab@umich.edu.