In the School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU), we recognize that our community's success rests on how the SBE values, engages, and includes the diversity of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. We aim to achieve equity in access, student success, and high-quality learning for each of our students. To do so, we know we cannot go it alone, that is why we seek collaboration, partnership, and investment from our community.
A highlight of Inclusive Excellence initiatives in the SBE @ SSU:
- Upward Bound: SBE faculty, staff, and administrators engage with eighth-grade and high school students to help them explore potential majors offered in college and start thinking about potential career paths.
- Education Opportunity Program (EOP): We partner with EOP to connect with first-year Freshmen, particularly undeclared students when they are making the critical decision of choosing a major. Faculty, staff, and administrators meet with students to help students determine the best path forward.
- Wine Industry Scholars Program (WISP): This scholarship program is dedicated to supporting the access, retention, and graduation of first-generation students from economically and socially disadvantaged backgrounds. WISP offers $150,000 scholarships annually to students who are children of vineyard and winery workers.
- Rodney Strong Pathways Program: The Program aims to bring a broad range of talented students to SSU, and provide them with a better educational experience to foster their academic career and life success. The Rodney Strong Pathways Program augments existing support services of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), which recruits students who are the first in their families to attend college, or who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, by engaging all EOP students during each of their years on campus, providing co-curricular training in financial literacy, entrepreneurship, career guidance, and leadership. This program will positively impact more than 600 students each year.
- Entrepreneurship Learning & Leadership: With generous support from the Kalmanovitz Foundation, the SBE provides support for students, particularly those who are first-generation and of underserved populations, who want to start their own business, by turning their ideas into a viable opportunity.
- Student Success Workshops: In partnership with the SSU Faculty Center, the SBE offers training workshops on various topics, including evidence-based teaching practices, testing what you teach without teaching to the test, measuring teaching effectiveness, and classroom management. These workshops are intended to develop faculty for effective teaching and ensure assurance of learning in the classroom.
Did you know?
Nearly a quarter of our business and economics students are the first in their family to attend college.