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Diversity

As one of the top business schools, Chicago Booth believes strongly in preparing leaders who bring diverse viewpoints to the workplace. Chicago Booth boasts a number of milestones that demonstrate our commitment to diversity.

The conviction that diversity enhances learning is a fundamental tenet of the Chicago MBA. Ideas are at the center of the Chicago Booth culture, and we believe that great ideas have many different fingerprints. Diversity - of background, of experience, of thought - is central to our mission of discovery. Rigorous inquiry demands multiple, even competing perspectives. To deliver on our promise and uphold our founding principles, we rely on a diverse scholarly community of individuals with distinctive experiences, viewpoints, and ideas.

Booth hosts diversity events, both on our own, and, in partnership with leading outside organizations, as we continue to work hard to increase access to a top-tier business education for gays and lesbians, women, and underrepresented minorities. We also recognize how important it is to also provide professional and social networking opportunities for members of these groups.

Booth's commitment to fostering an environment where different perspectives are encouraged and embraced has a long history. We are proud of the following milestones:

  • Chicago Booth was the first business school to grant a PhD in Business to a woman, Ursula Batchelder Stone (1929)
  • Chicago Booth was the first business school to establish a minority program (1964)
  • Chicago Booth awarded its first MBA to an African American, Lionel Wallace (1942)
  • Chicago Booth students founded the National Black MBA Association (1970)

Diversity is essential if we want to create an environment where we can continue to generate and refine ideas that truly impact the world we live in. Diversity events offer an opportunity for prospective students to learn about the Chicago Booth experience from staff, current students, and alumni.

We encourage you to attend one of our diversity events either sponsored by Booth or held in partnership with various diversity-focused groups and associations. We look forward to the opportunity to engage with you.