DeGroote Launches Inclusive Excellence Fund to Support EDI Initiatives

May 9, 2022 | Hamilton, ON
Contributed by Joanna Williams, DeGroote Writer

DeGroote is proud to announce the launch of the DSB Inclusive Excellence Fund.

This new fund is an opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to access resources to advance equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) across our community. The DSB Inclusive Excellence Fund will help to support a range of initiatives that increase the visibility of equity-deserving voices, including but not limited to:

  • Offset costs for specific EDI events
  • Outreach programs to under-represented high school students
  • Provide financial assistance and enhance access for students
  • Support students by providing mentorship in equity-deserving communities

“Our community identified a need for these resources, and we want to ensure there are meaningful supports available to provide opportunities to participate. DeGroote is committed to including more diverse voices and lived experiences of Black, Indigenous, and other equity-deserving communities,” says Khaled Hassanein, Dean, DeGroote School of Business. “We are proud of our diverse community at DeGroote. Students, alumni, faculty, and staff bring their own unique perspectives and experiences to our learning environment. It is our mission to ensure inclusiveness and representation are woven into the fabric of everything we do at the DeGroote School of Business.”

As part of McMaster’s Day of Giving, a university-wide fundraising campaign focused on supporting Black student excellence, Indigenous priorities and other equity-deserving students at McMaster, individuals can direct their donations to this DeGroote-specific fund.

Make a gift to support the DSB Inclusive Excellence Fund

Funds will be awarded at the discretion of the Dean. In the near future, Dean Hassanein is planning to bring together an EDI council comprised of students, staff, faculty, and alumni. Their role will be to help support strategic EDI initiatives. This new fund is particularly important to Dean Hassanein because it will allow him to mobilize initiatives that come forward and are identified as priorities for the new EDI council.

The DSB Inclusive Excellence Fund is one more step DeGroote is taking towards its strategic equity, diversity and inclusion priorities. Other EDI priorities include: hiring new faculty members from diverse communities, the Alectra Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) Scholarship, and the DeGroote School of Business Graduate Award for Indigenous Learners.


Double your impact

Every gift is impactful. Each donation made to the DSB Inclusive Excellence Fund will be amplified and help unlock matching dollars provided by anonymous donors, so your donation will have an even larger impact. Make a gift in support of equity deserving individuals, donate to the DSB Inclusive Excellence Fund.

McMaster Day of Giving

Black, Indigenous, and equity-deserving students experience unique challenges that call for equally unique programming, opportunities and funding that support a holistic approach to student success; one that nurtures academic excellence, promotes equity and well-being, and fosters a true sense of belonging.

On Wednesday, May 11, 2022, McMaster University invites you to invest in the success of Black, Indigenous, and other equity-deserving students by making a gift in support of academic, research, leadership and mentorship programs, financial awards, mental health initiatives and more.

Your gift will empower students belonging to Black, Indigenous and other equity-deserving communities to achieve their goals and enrich their learning experiences at McMaster. We look forward to partnering with you to build a brighter, more equitable future.

For more information on Day of Giving, please visit

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