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“I and my senior leadership team have been in conversation with many in our community of students, alumni, faculty, and staff to evaluate and strengthen our work to address racism and create positive change across Chicago Booth. I am thankful to those of you who lifted your voices and demonstrated your deep concern for your school and community. Inspired by the discussions with our community, we developed a Plan of Action to strengthen diversity and inclusion at Booth. The work of Chicago Booth’s Advancement team is critical to our efforts to create a stronger, more diverse and inclusive community.”

—Madhav Rajan, Dean and George Pratt Shultz Professor of Accounting

Chicago Booth’s Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan reaffirms the University’s unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion, and rejection of racism.

In our work focusing on alumni relations and development, Chicago Booth Advancement is dedicated to creating an environment where all alumni, students, and friends feel valued and respected. In supporting a global community of diverse backgrounds and perspectives, we ensure that official alumni clubs, special interest groups, and other affiliated organizations operate in a manner that is inclusive to all interested alumni. Historically, Chicago Booth has been committed to advancing diversity and inclusion; we recognize our community can do better and we are committed to doing so.

D&I Dialogues

D&I Dialogues is a program series for Chicago Booth alumni to come together and discuss various aspects of diversity in work and in life. Together with a variety of speakers from unique backgrounds, we will explore diversity and inclusion-related topics such as:

  • Social justice and equity
  • Unconscious bias and unpacking all the aspects of bias
  • Organizational strategies for overcoming bias
  • The business case for diversity
  • Exploring the gap between dominate culture (“fit”) and a culture of inclusion

D&I Dialogues Events 

Internal Processes

Chicago Booth Advancement has a variety of internal taskforces focused on D&I priorities. We are reviewing our internal process for systemic biases and working to eliminate those. We have created platforms where staff can hear alumni feedback and use it to improve our effectiveness:

  • D&I Advancement working group
  • Listening Sessions with Black alumni
  • Alumni Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce

Get Involved

We are grateful to the time, energy, and talent of our established networks of alumni who connect, support, and advance their communities:

Alumni Relations is exploring the formation of more identity-based networks, as dedicated volunteers emerge with visions to support their communities. Email if you would like to be a part of establishing identity-based networks.

Make a Gift

Your gift to the Chicago Booth Diversity & Inclusion Program Fund provides Chicago Booth with the resources to establish dedicated diversity and inclusion programming for our entire community. This fund supports numerous initiatives, including bias training, a quarterly Diversity Speaker Series, tutoring for first-generation MBA students, LEAD program development, expanded coursework, and more.

Make your gift at Chicago Booth’s giving page.

Additional Information

View Chicago Booth’s Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan.

Our diversity articles spotlight our diverse community and our thought leadership on diversity in the workplace. Learn more about diversity on campus today.

The University of Chicago offers a variety of D&I tools and resources for alumni, students, staff, and faculty.

Diversity and Inclusion Dialogue

Date Event Name Location
3/3/2021 Virtual Harper Lecture: Race, Violence, and Medicine: Showing Up for Justice Chicago View this event »
3/6/2021 Being the First: Overcoming Inertia for Women of Color Chicago View this event »
3/9/2021 Managing Bias in the Workplace Series Part 5: Engagement Chicago View this event »
3/9/2021 Mariame Kaba: Chicago Reparations and the Fight for an Abolitionist Future Chicago View this event »
3/10/2021 Booth Women Connect: Women in the Workplace Chicago View this event »
3/23/2021 Building Stronger Virtual Relationships Chicago View this event »
3/23/2021 Building Stronger Virtual Relationships - Class of 2020 Exclusive Chicago View this event »

Previous Events

Date Event Name Location
3/2/2021 Managing Bias in the Workplace Series Part 4: Hiring Chicago View this event »
2/25/2021 D&I Dialogues with Nova Reid and Jane Risen London View this event »
2/25/2021 "A Wealthy Girl" Feature and Networking Event Chicago View this event »
2/24/2021 Virtual Harper Lecture: Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America Chicago View this event »
2/23/2021 Managing Bias in the Workplace Series Part 3: Performance Management Chicago View this event »
2/22/2021 COVID-19 Prevention and Vaccination Hesitancy in the United States with John Schneider Chicago View this event »
2/18/2021 Rising Up for Their Lives: Prison Organizing from Attica to Closing Rikers Chicago View this event »
2/18/2021 Marketing for Good - Artificial Intelligence and Targeted Marketing - Kilts Center Chicago View this event »
2/16/2021 Innovating for Social Equity: Responsibility of the Business Community-Rustandy & Stigler Centers Chicago View this event »
2/16/2021 Managing Bias in the Workplace Series Part 2: Talent Review Chicago View this event »
2/9/2021 Managing Bias in the Workplace Series Part 1: Recruiting Chicago View this event »
2/8/2021 Women and Leadership: Real Lives, Real Lessons - Davis Center Chicago View this event »
2/2/2021 Managing Bias in the Workplace: General Session Chicago View this event »
1/31/2021 Creating a Personal DEI Action Plan - Inclusive LEAD-ership Series Chicago View this event »
1/26/2021 Perspectives in Philanthropy: Is Justice Even Possible? - Rustandy Chicago View this event »