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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 task forces 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:

Get Involved

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

During Reconnect 2021, three affinity groups held interactive sessions:

  • Chicago Booth Women’s Network (CBWN) - Reconnect and Stay Connected
  • Latinx Mixer: Reunir y Compartir
  • Chicago Booth Black Alumni Association (CBAA) presents: Empowering Black Voices in Business 

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
11/4/2021 SILS: The Hidden Bias of Judging People by How They Talk - Rustandy Chicago View this event »

Previous Events

Date Event Name Location
10/20/2021 The Failure of the World’s Richest Countries to Restrain Law Enforcement - Claudia Flores Chicago
10/20/2021 Booth & Smart Museum: Black Wall Street Journey, A Conversation with Cultural and Business Leaders Chicago
9/15/2021 Central America's Bicentennial Reception Chicago
6/30/2021 Booth Women Connect - What Are the Biggest Barriers to Behavior Change? Virtual View this event »
6/29/2021 Intersectionality in Action: Stories From Black LGBTQ+ Leaders Chicago