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.
||Registration begins (teams can register using the link at the right)|
||Teams pick up case packet (CBB 24) and attend one-hour tutorial on inclusive language. At least one member from each team must be present; all are encouraged to attend.|
||Jan. 30||PowerPoint presentation deadline (email to DiversityCaseCompetition@uni.edu)|
||Jan. 30||Competition Preliminary Round|
||Jan. 31||Competition Final Round|
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 January 18.
- Only the first 18 teams to register will be allowed to compete.
- All analysis is to be done by team members only.
- Choose a team captain and a unique team name.
- 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. (CBB 24) January 24 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 include the team name and submitted electronically by noon on January 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.
- No paper is required!
- Teams will make their preliminary round presentations on January 30 between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. 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.
- Please bring four copies of your 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 7:30 p.m. on January 30. Teams will make their final round presentations on January 32 between 4:00 and 5:30 p.m. Please bring three copies of your 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 will bebusiness 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 Professor Mary Connerley, Professor Marty Wartick or Mr. Jonathon Cox.
Business representatives from the sponsoring organizations and a key UNI administrator will serve as the
panel of judges for the final round presentations. Each judge will submit one overall score for each team,
based on the scoring categories below:
- Clearly developed two action items for each of the three constituent groups
- Feasibility, appropriateness and depth of recommendation
- 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.