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Diversity and inclusion are central to our mission. We vehemently reject racism and discrimination, and we believe that the best ideas emerge from a community of diverse backgrounds and multiple perspectives. We are determined to create an inclusive environment that empowers each individual to fully participate in the exchange of ideas and perspectives that is foundational to the Booth experience.

At the same time, we recognize that we must continue to work to build a more equitable community, and we are taking a number of concrete steps to strengthen our diversity and inclusion efforts. For example:

  • Our new Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan outlines specific steps we will take to support diversity in student recruitment, faculty hiring, internal communications, the MBA curriculum, and more.
  • A new student group, the Deans’ Diversity Advisory Committee, meets regularly to ensure that students play an integral role on a full range of diversity and inclusion initiatives.
  • We are raising funds for diversity and inclusion efforts as a focus area of the Chicago Booth Annual Fund.
  • Through partnerships with Management Leadership for Tomorrow and other national organizations, we are helping to build a strong pipeline of diverse MBA candidates.
  • We have formed a staff diversity and inclusion committee with the purpose of enhancing awareness and understanding of diverse perspectives, identities, and experiences to promote engagement and learning across all backgrounds.
  • Career Services and Corporate Relations regularly engage with corporate partners on their approach to building a diverse and inclusive workplace. We advocate regarding recruiting practices, advancement opportunities, and professional development. We empower students and alumni to explore corporate D&I practices through programs, educational events, and research resources.
  • In a conversation with student Morgan Franklin, Dean Rajan discussed the genesis of the school’s Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan and outlined the school’s vision for taking meaningful action and measuring our progress going forward.
  • The University of Chicago hosts a number of diversity events throughout the calendar year. Discover the upcoming diversity-related events at the university.

Strengthening Our Work

Booth’s Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan serves as the cornerstone of our efforts to build a more inclusive community and address racism and internal biases. The plan addresses student concerns, acknowledges that we have work to do, and reaffirms our commitment to doing that work.

The plan supports diversity and inclusion initiatives across Booth programs and services, from recruiting a diverse student body to developing global leaders to building relationships with inclusive employers.

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We welcome and embrace individuals from all ethnicities, cultures, genders, sexual orientations, religious beliefs or no 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, we celebrate diversity in all its forms.

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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Resources for Women

Chicago Booth has a deep commitment to supporting women students in their journey through business school and beyond.

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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.

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International Students

We welcome students from around the world, and we’re committed to offering the support our global students need to thrive.

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Members of the Military

We value your experience, perspective, and maturity as a military veteran, and we’re committed to supporting your success.

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People of Faith

Learn about the many professional, social, and spiritual opportunities available to students of faith at Chicago Booth.

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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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.

Discover UChicago's Commitment to Diversity 


A Tradition of Inclusion

Since 1929, when Booth was the first university to grant a PhD in business to a woman, we have broken barriers in diversity and inclusion. 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, Chicago Booth became the first elite business school with an office dedicated to the support of underrepresented student populations.

In 2014, we partnered with the Chicago Urban League to create the IMPACT Leadership Development program, which connects up-and-coming professionals with senior Black leaders throughout Chicago. And in 2020, Booth hosted 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.

Stories from Our Community

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Bridging the Racial Gap in VC Funding

Booth’s Daniel Rogers, ’13, and Seyi Fabode, ’10, have won funding from a new Google program dedicated to bolstering promising Black-founded startups.

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Expanding Diversity in Economics

A new summer program at UChicago aims to increase diversity in the field of economics by supporting talented undergraduate students from a wide range of backgrounds.

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IMPACT that Endures

Chicago’s first leadership development program specifically for African American professionals, created in partnership with Chicago Booth, is training the next generation of civic and corporate leaders.

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NBMBAA's Founders on Paving the Way for Change

Fifty years ago, a group of Booth students started what has become the leading business organization for black professionals in the United States. Two founding members reflect on that historic time.

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Help us lead change and create a more diverse and inclusive community. Submit the form below to share your thoughts on what we can do better.

Contact Us Directly

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

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Jessica Jaggers
Dean of Students and Associate Dean, Student Life
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We believe that ideas compete and people collaborate. At Booth you’ll learn in a diverse, supportive community that challenges you to expand your thinking.