In the News: Stroble on diverse, inclusive teams; Akande on Ebola; Goedereis on healthy habits

| November 7, 2014

Recent media coverage involving Webster University community members includes:

Stroble in Business Journal on Building Diverse, Inclusive Teams

President Beth Stroble’s column on the importance of building globally diverse and inclusive leadership, “Transforming a region: Globally diverse and inclusive leadership,” which ran in the Sept. 19 edition of the St. Louis Business Journal, is now available online. An excerpt:

Today, proudly, Webster University is not defined as a single campus in a charming, suburban community of St. Louis. Instead, our students pursue their education and their lives around the world in 60 cities, in eight countries on four continents, including our newly expanded Gateway Campus in downtown St. Louis. A globally diverse community indeed.

Webster University is a microcosm of the world, and as such we offer programs from Africa to Asia to the Pacific Northwest. Consequently, globally diverse and inclusive leadership is essential. In St. Louis and beyond, we have found that diversity and inclusion complement and feed each other to create a rich, vibrant, sustainable enterprise that is simultaneously an institution of higher education, a business and a community in its own right.

With this transformation, our university has grown to understand that serving such a wide-ranging constituency makes inclusion a necessity. Why? Because inclusion leads to success — for individuals and for the community as a whole.

While we start by recruiting a diverse and inclusive student body, we also work to attract and retain a diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. We have learned you cannot do the former without the latter. We do so in part by forming partnerships with regional and global organizations that provide rich opportunities to learn and to lead for students and our employees.

In these challenging times for our city, nothing is more important to our future than a commitment to diversity and inclusion. We must think about it, talk about, and, most importantly, act upon it. Our future success as a community depends on it.

Akande on Ebola’s Economic Impact

Benjamin Akande, dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology, wrote a column in the Oct. 23 Ladue News, “Connect the Dots: Ebola and Economic Uncertainty.”

In the countries directly impacted by this outbreak–Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and, to a much lesser extent, Nigeria–fear of the disease has interrupted the daily routine of millions of people, truncated the school year, and kept many from church and the local markets.

The second-biggest casualty of this epidemic has been the economic impact.

Akande goes on to explain how many of the countries affected have experienced unprecedented economic growth in recent years, and their interaction and trade with the rest of the world means it is already a global issue.

Goedereis in MSN, Yahoo on Healthy Habits

A story from which ran on Yahoo and MSN quotes Eric Goedereis, assistant professor of psychology in the College of Arts & Sciences. The article, “16 Unexpected Ways to Add Years to Your Life,” quotes Goedereis on several activities and habits that studies have shown are good for long-term health.

Note: Goedereis is also conducting the research study through the Lifespan Wellness Lab on examining the potential of technology to support physical activity goals. Participants are still being accepted for the study.

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