Foxhoven is adamant that “leaning into conflict pays dividends down the line.”
The celebration and support of diversity, equity and inclusion at Portland State and The School of Business drew me to this role, and that culture continues to be one of the best parts of working in this community. As a queer woman, it was important for me to find affinity and support the voices of my community at The School of Business.
To those who are considering whether or not to start school while you have a child at home, it can be a rewarding and transformational experience, but you will certainly face challenges along the way. My family and I have emerged from the experience stronger and ready to take whatever life throws at us.
I quickly learned that at Portland State, graduate business education is rooted in values of access, equity and socially-conscious change influence. It’s not “business as usual” here. Others across the higher ed landscape have been positioning themselves toward similar values for some time. In my experience, though, it’s still rare that those values truly live in the people, practices and leadership responsible for carrying them through. These values live here.