Stories, Context, and Lived Experiences of the Black Entrepreneur
As anchor institutions, Jesuit Universities have a social responsibility to understand the current social reality that historically discriminatory practices have created for Black entrepreneurs and provide the leadership necessary to engender positive change. The Inspirational Paradigm re-imagines how Jesuit business schools will prepare students with the essential skills to lead this positive change. Storytelling is one of those inspirational skills. However, students have access to very few firsthand stories that capture the Black entrepreneur's experience amidst disparate access to economic opportunity. For Jesuit business students to lead inclusive and just social reforms, they must hear Black entrepreneurs' stories in their own words.
As a result, the purpose of this project is to create a series of six (6) learning modules that are centered around high-quality videos that capture the personal stories and lived experiences of Black entrepreneurs in communities that have been subject to long-term anti-black structural inequities. Each module will contain a video story from a local entrepreneur accompanied by self-directed assignments and discussion questions that will facilitate student learning, discernment, and reflection consistent with the Inspirational and Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigms. Moreover, the combined modular format of the video and accompanying assignments will be available on an open-access platform making the series accessible to any faculty who wants to contextualize the black entrepreneurial experience in either curricular or co-curricular programming.
Stories, Context, and Lived Experiences of the Black Entrepreneur Modules
Module 1: Mortgages and Generational Wealth
Entrepreneur: Tyrell Dixon, Owner and Founder of Project Own
Anti-Black lending practices of the 20th century have had a lasting impact on American society and the financial health of Black households and individuals. The goals of this module are for students to apply pre-requisite knowledge, skills, and concepts related to finance lending and mortgages in order to state, comprehend, and evaluate the devastation of the anti-Black lending practices from both a business and human perspective.
Module 2: Historic Trauma and Social, Emotional Learning
Module 3: Health and Wellness
Module 4: Workplace Equity
Module 5: Sole Proprietorship Businesses
Module 6: Affordable Housing, Supply and Demand, City Planning