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Diversity and inclusion are fundamental to the mission of Chicago Booth and its transformative approach to business education.

Among Booth’s core values is respect for different perspectives, ideas, and a recognition of common humanity. We welcome and embrace people from all races, ethnicities, cultures, genders, sexual orientations, ages, abilities, political ideologies, and religious or non-religious beliefs. Fostering an inclusive community of individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints allows for an environment of rigorous, open-minded inquiry and produces knowledge with enduring impact.

We recognize our critical role in educating empathetic and principled leaders who can create positive systematic change in communities and organizations, who are empowered to eliminate racial and other barriers, and who are able to shape the next generation of groundbreaking ideas. Booth remains committed to examining and addressing bias and inequity, and values, supports, and celebrates efforts that promote diversity and inclusion. We will continue to take meaningful action and measure our progress to ensure that our community better reflects our world. 

Strengthening Our Work

Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan

Booth’s Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan serves as the cornerstone of our commitment to rejecting racism, and to building a more diverse and inclusive community.

The plan outlines D&I initiatives across Booth in six key areas:

  • Recruiting a more diverse student body
  • Developing global leaders who prioritize diversity and inclusion
  • Increasing faculty and staff diversity
  • Strengthening internal communications around D&I
  • Building relationships with inclusive employers, and
  • Shining a spotlight on diversity and inclusion

We strive to do better. We are inspired by members of our community and other influencers who are blazing the path toward a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable world.

Building on Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

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We welcome and embrace individuals of all ethnicities, cultures, genders, sexual orientations, political ideologies, and religious and non-religious beliefs, and we actively recruit and support students from communities that have traditionally been underrepresented in business schools.

From diversity dinners to women’s leadership programs to our annual Pink Party, Booth celebrates diversity and encourages an environment of belonging for all.
Learn more about our cultural, regional, religious, and personal affiliation groups, and the diversity and inclusion initiatives they host throughout the year.

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LGBTQ Students

At Chicago Booth, we’re committed to fostering a strong LGBTQ student community through partnerships, student groups, events, and more.

LGBTQ Students

Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives for Alumni

We invite all of our alumni to engage with us in building a stronger, more inclusive community. From listening sessions with Black alumni to identity-based alumni networks and a new series of dialogues on issues such as social justice and equity, Chicago Booth Advancement is dedicated to creating an environment where everyone feels valued and respected.

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Faculty Research Making a Difference in D&I

Booth faculty are making an impact on diversity and inclusion through their research into racial bias, the gender gap, inequality, and more.

Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Chicago

Diversity is a core institutional value at our university. In addition to a number of events throughout the year, the University of Chicago website provides you information for getting involved, tools and resources, and the latest diversity and inclusion news at UChicago.

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A Tradition of Inclusion

In 1926, Chicago Booth awarded the first business degree to an African American student. Since then, we have broken barriers in diversity and inclusion. In 1929, Booth was the first university to grant a PhD in business to a woman. In 1964, we were the first business school to establish a minority scholarship program. In 1970, Booth students founded the National Black MBA Association. In 1985, Booth became the first business school with an office dedicated to the support of underrepresented student populations.

Throughout the years, Booth has served as an educational partner to support promising professionals in communities of color. In 2014, Booth launched a partnership with the Chicago Urban League to create the IMPACT Leadership Development program, which connects up-and-coming professionals with senior Black leaders throughout Chicago. Members of Booth’s world-renowned faculty provide high-level instruction in areas such as business ethics, negotiations, decision-making, and interpersonal dynamics. Additionally, every year, Booth hosts the Management Leadership for Tomorrow Pre-Application Seminar welcoming Black, Latinx, and Native American students interested in business school for two days of virtual learning and networking.

In 2022, we partnered with Golub Capital and again with the Chicago Urban League to launch the Golub Capital Social Impact Lab at Booth’s Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation. Golub Capital’s significant five-year commitment will provide training and professional development to leaders of high-potential nonprofits serving communities of color. Golub Capital’s signature offering IGNITE, combines world-class educational content, coaching, peer mentorship, consulting assistance, and community networking for nonprofit leaders serving the Black community.

A Tradition of Inclusion

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Contact Us Directly

Booth Diversity and Inclusion leadership welcomes your questions and comments. Here’s how to reach us.

Student Diversity and Inclusion
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Jessica Jaggers
Interim Director of Student Global Diversity and Inclusion
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Staff Diversity and Inclusion
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Jillian Davis
Staff Diversity and Inclusion Lead
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Put your bold ideas into action. No matter which degree program you choose, learn from world-class faculty and join the same influential network, and the same dynamic community.

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