Dear Members of the Miami Business School Community, 

Today, when we recognize the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., we are reminded of the importance of respect as a core value that guides our daily interactions and classroom discussions.

Last year, I invited groups of faculty, staff and alumni to share the six SPIRIT values they felt our school should stand for. A plurality of all three groups nominated RESPECT as their preferred R word.

I believe it is the responsibility of all university leaders to nurture respect for individual differences. Each of us is unique. Each nation is unique as well.

There is no room in a research university for prejudice, discrimination or generalizations that oversimplify or are not based on scientific evidence. For example, the notion that all immigrants from certain nations are a drag on the US economy is unsupported. The notion that all students from a certain nation think and behave in the same way is equally unacceptable.

In 1991, I was honored to be sworn in as a citizen of the United States. I remember the two men seated to my left and right, one was a doctor from Syria, the other was a carpenter from Dominica....both nations that might have been included in a recent widely-reported classification. These were humble men for whom the day they became US citizens was the greatest day of their lives.

In South Florida, we share a special history, a fusion of cultures and an economic success that defies any and all prejudice against immigrants from troubled nations.

At Miami Business School we stand at the crossroads of the Americas. We welcome the world. We embrace diversity as critical to the creativity of our faculty and students.

The mission of Miami Business School is to develop principled leaders who will transform society, who will make a positive difference in communities, companies and nations everywhere.

We welcome inquiries and applications from students anywhere in the world who aspire to these goals and shared values.

Sincerely,

Dean John Quelch

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