One of the best ways for prospective business school students to learn about how well they might fit with an MBA program is by interfacing with enrolled students who come from a similar cultural background. To facilitate this research, top business schools are offering diversity events this fall (2021) to provide aspiring MBAs an opportunity to attend educational panels, interact with alumni and students, and glean strategic insight regarding application development. Additionally, and depending on the school, prospective students who are not from underrepresented groups but share and uphold a school’s diversity mission can also attend. Note that some MBA programs require interested candidates to register, or even apply, to participate or attend.
“From Africa to the MBA” Discussion Series: Harvard, Chicago Booth, Stanford GSB, MIT Sloan, Wharton, Kellogg, CBS, Tuck, UCLA
- The “From Africa to the MBA” discussion series will be held on October 7, 2021. Representatives from the participating schools will engage with prospective students via a moderated panel and virtual networking sessions. This event is intended to help prospective students learn more about African community engagement on MBA campuses. The event is open to all prospective students, regardless of background, who are interested in learning more.
- This event, to be held on October 30, 2021, is the longest-running annual conference organized by students at the Kellogg School of Management. Prospective students have the opportunity to engage with Kellogg students, alumni, and administration members. This year’s theme will be “Momentum: Activate the Vision.” Guest speakers from the business community will be present to engage the community on this topic. Tickets must be purchased for this event.
Kellogg School of Management: Diversity Preview Day
- On October 29, 2021, Kellogg’s Black Management Association, Africa Business Club, and Hispanic Management Association are hosting a Diversity Preview Day, which is part of the school’s Preview Kellogg series. Prospective students may either attend virtually or in person at the Global Hub in Evanston. The day will consist of attending a class, a career panel discussion hosted by student groups, an alumni panel, a campus tour, an experiential learning opportunity, and a networking event. While no application is required to attend, students should register as soon as possible before capacity is reached.
Online Diversity Series – Columbia Business School
- Take part in Columbia Business School online interactive sessions such as “Diversity Matters” on September 22, 2021, and the Black Business Students Association Club Chat on September 24, 2021, to learn more about how the school fosters diversity and to network with students.
- Haas will offer virtual programming for this symposium October 22–24, 2021. The event, which is designed “for prospective students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds in graduate business schools to learn more about the remarkable diversity of the Berkeley Haas MBA Programs,” includes speakers, community building opportunities, and information sessions.
Diversity @YaleSOM – Yale School of Management
- This virtual two-day event is designed for all prospective students from underrepresented backgrounds and is scheduled for October 28–29, 2021. Participants will hear from and interact with admissions officers, representatives from the school’s diverse student clubs, financial aid officers, and alumni.
Tuck Diversity Conference (DivCo)
- Dartmouth Tuck’s DivCo will take place October 1–3, 2021. Prospective students will have the opportunity to network with students, administration, and faculty members. In addition, interested candidates will have a strategic opportunity to have informal discussions with potential recruiters. The deadline to apply is September 19, 2021.
- On October 2–3, 2021, members of NYU Stern’s admissions office will partner with members of the school’s Association of Black and Hispanic Business Students to provide—virtually—prospective students the opportunity to learn more about the Stern community and experience. No application is required, but interested candidates must register.
- Established in 1982, the annual MBA Workshop is hosted by leaders from the school’s Black and Latino MBA Organization (known as BLMBAO) and will be held this year on November 18–20. The workshop is designed to provide insight into Duke Fuqua’s admissions process and to allow candidates to network with the existing Duke community and as many as 100 minority alumni. Interested prospective students are welcome to apply by October 11, 2021.
- The programming for this virtual event, to be held October 8–9, 2021, was developed by members of Michigan Ross’s Consortium Community and Michigan Business Women. Its interactive offerings are intended to help prospective students learn about life as a full-time Ross MBA student and feature admissions officers, students, alumni, and other professionals.
- UVA Darden’s upcoming Diversity Conference, which takes place November 5–7, 2021, is an annual event open to all underrepresented minorities. Prospective students will have the opportunity to learn about the school’s student groups, take part in a mock case, and network with employers, student, faculty, and alumni. Interested candidates must apply by September 17, 2021.
Johnson Means Business (JMB)
- The JMB event at Cornell Johnson is an annual student-led offering for the program’s candidates from LGBTQ+ and underrepresented backgrounds. The event will be held October 21–22, 2021, and interested candidates must submit an application by October 13, 2021. Participants will gain insight into admissions application strategies, network with other students and alumni, and take part in the annual Johnson Inclusion Summit.
Diversity Weekend – Carnegie Mellon Tepper
- The school’s annual Diversity Weekend will be held November 12–13, 2021. This event is open to all diverse prospective students and offers an opportunity to participate in student club workshops, admissions panels, a mock MBA class, and networking with Tepper students.
Diversity Forum: Spotlight on The Consortium – USC Marshall
- The Diversity Forum will be held on October 2, 2021, and provide a virtual opportunity for prospective students to learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion at the school and to interact with faculty members, students, and alumni. Participants can also attend a mock class and learn more about USC’s involvement with The Consortium.
Embracing Diversity Conference – UCLA Anderson
- On November 19–20, 2021, Anderson will host this event as part of its broader Embracing Diversity Week, allowing prospective students to build community with enrolled students, network with alumni, and learn about the school’s inclusive culture. Interested candidates can apply early by October 15 or by the regular deadline of November 12.
UNC Kenan-Flagler Diversity Week
- During October 25–29, 2021, Kenan-Flagler will offer virtual programming to give prospective students the opportunity to learn more about the school’s MBA community and the importance of championing diversity both inside and outside the classroom via interactive panels, workshops, and social events. Registration closes on October 18, 2021.
Georgetown McDonough’s Focus on Diversity
- This annual event takes place this year on October 2, 2021, and allows women, minorities, and LGBTQ+ individuals to gain insight into the educational experience and professional development resources at the school. Participants will also have the opportunity to observe an MBA class and learn from an admissions case study presentation.
FOSTERing MBA Access – University of Washington
- This virtual event on November 19, 2021, is open to prospective students from underrepresented communities (including people of color, women, veterans, LGBTQ+) to engage in an MBA class, network with Foster students and representatives from student clubs, and interface with potential recruiters.
- On November 5, 2021, Vanderbilt Owen will host its Diversity & Inclusion Symposium (during Discover Vanderbilt Business, taking place November 5–6). All prospective students are encouraged to attend and will be able to participate in a mock class, learn more about the school’s commitment to diversity, and connect with students, staff, faculty members, and alumni.