Each year the UNIBusiness Diversity Case Competition will pose a diversity-related problem to students who will apply the knowledge and skills they have gained during their lives and studies at UNIBusiness to come up with a solution. Responsible members of society require an understanding of and appreciation for diversity in all forms.
2013 Diversity Case Competition Timeline
|noon||Jan. 18||Registration begins (teams can register using the link at the right)|
|4:00 p.m.||Jan. 23||Teams pick up case packet (location TBD) and attend one-hour tutorial on inclusive language. At least one member from each team must be present; all are encouraged to attend.|
|noon||Jan. 30||PowerPoint presentation deadline (email to DiversityCaseCompetition@uni.edu)|
|4:00 p.m.||Jan. 30||Competition Preliminary Round|
|4:00 p.m.||Jan. 31||Competition Final Round|
The five teams that advance to the final round will be notified by email on Jan. 30.
Winners will be announced at the awards reception immediately following the final round of competition.
Prize money will be distributed through the Office of Student Financial Aid.
Thank you to our generous sponsors:
Veridian Credit Union
- Teams must consist of three or four members.
- At least two team members must be students with majors in UNIBusiness.
- The other one or two team members may be from UNIBusiness or any other college at UNI.
- No more than one member of each team may be a graduate student.
- Heterogeneous teams will likely have the advantage of addressing the case issues from a variety of perspectives.
- Teams may begin registering using the link at the right starting at noon on Jan. 18.
- All analysis is to be done by team members only.
- Each team must designate a captain.
- Teams may use any reference sources/materials in the public domain (e.g. the university library, the Internet). If library sources are used, please make copies of the information needed rather than checking items out so that all teams will have access to the information.
- Team members should not attempt to gain information from the content of presentations made by competing teams.
- Once an individual participant or team obtains a copy of the competition case, coaching by UNIBusiness faculty or staff is prohibited.
- Case packets will be distributed at 4 p.m. (location TBD) Jan. 23 followed by a one-hour tutorial on inclusive language. At least one member from each team must be present; all are encouraged to attend.
- Microsoft PowerPoint slides used in the presentation should be named after the team captain and submitted electronically by noon on Jan. 30 to DiversityCaseCompetition@uni.edu. The presentation must be done using PowerPoint. No other formats, such as Prezi, will be accepted. The names of all team members should be listed on the cover sheet. The member who submits it may want to cc all members of the team. (Be sure to look for email confirmation that your submission was received).
- No paper is required.
- Teams will make their preliminary round presentations between 4 and 6 p.m. Jan. 30. If a team member has a class conflict, please indicate this on the sign-up page. Attempts to avoid class conflicts will be made, but cannot be guaranteed.
- Each team must bring four copies of its slides (printed three to a page) for the preliminary round judges. Captains for the five teams chosen to compete in the final round will be notified by email the night of Jan. 30. Final round presentations will be between 4 and 5:30 p.m. Jan. 31. Each team in the finals must bring three copies of its slides to be given to the final round judges. Teams will not be allowed to make changes to their slides between the preliminary and final rounds. If desired, teams may choose to make changes to the verbal presentation between rounds.
- Preliminary and final round presentations will be strictly limited to 10-12 minutes. Once these time limits are reached, only the current sentence being spoken by a presenter may be finished. There will be no questions and answers in the preliminary round. During the final round there will be 3-5 minutes of Q&A.
- No audio or video clips will be allowed in the PowerPoint presentations.
- No guests are allowed to attend the preliminary round presentations. Anyone may attend the final round presentations except for students from competing teams.
- Dress for both rounds of presentations is business professional attire.
- The decision of the judges is final and is not subject to review.
- If uncertain about a rule or its interpretation, please email Department of Management Head Mary Connerley, Department of Accounting Head Marty Wartick or Coordinator of Minority and Student Diversity Programs Jonathon Cox.
Judging the Competition
Faculty and administrators from UNIBusiness and UNI will serve as judges for preliminary round presentations.
Panel of Judges for final round presentations:
A representative from PwC
A representative from Veridian Credit Union
Gloria Gibson, executive vice president and provost, UNI
Each judge will submit one overall score for each team, based on the scoring categories below:
- Feasibility and Depth of Recommendation (through implementation)
- Presentation Skills, Flow and Organization
- Responds appropriately, confidently, concisely and persuasively during Q&A
The winning teams will be those who earned the highest composite scores.
Judges will be encouraged to provide written comments about each presentation so that constructive comments can be provided to participants following the case competition.