Apply by March 1 for your shot at $25,000 of prize money to be split among College of Business student teams

Take Part in a Transformative Learning Experience!

Fostering justice, diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace is critical to creating environments that support everyone's success. To better prepare our students to use business for a better world and affect positive change, the CSU College of Business has launched the Justice, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Case Competition, made possible by sponsorship from New Belgium Brewing and FirstBank. The case competition is open to undergraduate business majors and minors. Prizes totaling $25,000 are available to members of the first, second and third place teams.

Why Participate? 

  • Are you interested in having a working knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace?
  • Do you want to feel comfortable working in different levels of leadership with diverse people?
  • Could you find a use for the first-place cash prize of $12,500 to be shared among your team members?
  • Would you like to learn how to execute a great presentation?

If your answer to any of these questions is “Yes!” it’s time to apply for the 2022 Justice, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Case Competition. Students of all identities are encouraged to participate.

Begin your application


All team prizes will be divided equally among team members. The first place team will receive $12,500, the second place team will receive $7,500 and the third place team will receive $5,000. The first, second and third place winning teams will be announced at the conclusion of the presentations on April 1. All teams will receive trophies.

Student participants who are immediate family members of College of Business employees, or who live in the same household as an employee, whether or not they are related, are eligible to participate, but ineligible for a monetary awards.


The 2022 College of Business Justice, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Case Competition will take place with a minimum of 10 teams from the College of Business and a maximum of 15 teams with four people each. At least two students from different class levels are required to be on each team. Only teams who have completed the application process will be considered for selection to participate in the competition.

To encourage diverse team groups, at least three unique inclusive dynamics must be present within each team. Inclusive dynamics include but are not limited to:

  • Gender (non-binary, female, male, etc.)
  • Orientation (if disclosed)
  • Race/ethnicity
  • First generation student
  • Ability (visible and invisible disabilities)
  • Religion (including atheist and agnostic)
  • International status
  • Linguistic (speaks more than one language fluently)
  • Parental (you are a parent or guardian of a minor under 18)
  • Military (active, reserve, veteran, retired)
  • Age (over 24)
  • Geography (rural or city)

Teams will be accepted at the sole discretion of the College of Business. Participants can sign up as a member of a team or as an individual needing to be placed on a team. There is space for 60 participants and 15 teams. Teams and individuals will be added on a first come, first served basis. There is no guarantee that everyone who submits an application will be selected for a team, so please turn in your application early. The College of Business committee reserves the right to accept or reject a team or individual that does not complete the application in its entirety. Failure to list a form of diverse identity may exclude you from competing.


  • Monday, February 14: Applications/registration opens
  • Tuesday, March 1: Applications close
  • Monday, March 4: Selected teams are notified
  • Wednesday, March 9: Teams notify organizers of acceptance
  • Friday, March 11: Case study is sent to teams
  • Monday, March 21: First round closes
  • Friday, March 25: Second round candidates are notified
  • Friday, April 1: Final presentations


We're here to help! Email Patrice Palmer, Assistant Dean of Social & Cultural Inclusion and Director of JDEI Initiatives, with any questions about the case competition at:

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Additional Information

Thanks to Our Sponsors

Your generous support makes events like this possible and helps the College of Business pursue its vision of Business for a Better World.

First Bank of Colorado

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