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Values Statement

The White Lodging-J.W. Marriott, Jr. School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) values individuals for who they are. We value equity, fairness and the spirit of hospitality. We strive to achieve success by maximizing unique personal and cultural resources. We believe equity and social justice create a more innovative environment, a better community and a better world. We believe in the power of diversity. We value multiple points of view, perspectives and differences. We celebrate all races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, abilities and religions. We apply those principles as we engage travelers, consumers and businesses.

Chair and Committees

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Chair

Sandra Sydnor

Dr. Sandra Sydnor
Associate Professor
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Chair
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Committee Members

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Members 2021-2022

DEI Programs and Learning

As a student in the White Lodging-J.W. Marriott, Jr. School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, you’ll have a variety of opportunities to grow your diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) knowledge within your field of study, from courses with a DEI emphasis to department-specific DEI programming.

Undergraduate Students

Courses that consider issues of diversity, equity and inclusion

  • HTM 21200 Management and Leadership in Hospitality and Tourism — This course addresses the basic principles of management and leadership. Topics examined in this course include diversity in the workplace; managing in a global environment; ethical behavior; individual’s personalities; and stereotyping, biases and prejudice.
  • HTM 31200 Human Resources Management For The Service Industries — This course considers diversity, equity and inclusion topics from the employment stand point.
  • HTM 36200 Event and Meeting Management — The principles and practices of event and meeting planning are covered in this course. While gaining hands-on experience of planning, directing and organizing a hypothetical business event as a group, you’ll learn about the importance of working with a diverse group of individuals and understanding various demographics of target market in creating a truly engaging and successful event.  
  • HTM 37000 Sustainable Tourism and Responsible Travel — This course examines issues associated with sustainability in the hospitality and tourism industry.
  • HTM 37200 Global Tourism Geography — This course covers an introduction and analysis of specific world travel destinations, including the exploration of geographic features; customs and traditions; population centers; visitor attractions; and political, religious, language and other cultural differences as they relate to the hospitality and travel industry. The course is designed to teach specific geographic knowledge, allowing you to develop a deeper understanding and empathy for cultural values and traditions that exist outside your own culture.
  • HTM 41100 – Hospitality and Tourism Law — This course deals with legal and ethical issues related to access and employment.
  • HTM 49201 Hospitality Operation Management and Leadership — This paired lab and lecture class addresses the topics of foodservice management and leadership. Topics address the role and importance of diversity and inclusion in hospitality and tourism management through discussion boards, lectures and a case study examining interpersonal and working relationship issues through the prisms of culture, gender and generations.
  • CSR 34400 Fundamentals of Negotiations — In this course, we relate concepts and principles of negotiation and conflict resolution to service learning. By partnering with members and stakeholders in the community, you’ll gain an understanding of how the skills you learn in conflict resolution can address issues of social and racial justice.
  • CSR 48100 Ethics and Compliance — Diversity, equity and inclusion topics are discussed in the context of financial planning.

The Charles Schwab Corporation Endowed Scholarship Program provides financial assistance and career opportunities to students from underrepresented communities in the financial counseling and planning major. 


In their persistent pursuit of improving health and well-being, many faculty members in HTM specialize in topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion across a variety of research areas.

The following faculty have research interests and expertise in DEI:

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are core to the mission and values of HHS.

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