Annually the Georgia Institute of Technology seeks nominations for Diversity Champion awards - recognizing those individuals or programs who demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; leadership building an inclusive campus community; and advancement of an inclusive culture of excellence through programs, events, and activities that promote cross-cultural understanding and respect. Scheller College’s MBA Programs Office was selected as the 2018 recipient of the Diversity Champion Unit Award and received the award at the Georgia Tech Diversity Symposium Awards luncheon, September 5, 2018.
“Our team has worked exceptionally hard over the past few years to develop programs, initiatives, relationships, and processes that make our MBA Program, and Scheller College, a community where diversity and inclusion is prioritized and celebrated” notes Dean Maryam Alavi.
Several highlights of recent initiatives include:
- Establishing partnerships with Forté, Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), and National Black MBA Association
- Adding and supporting diversity and inclusion student organizations - Blacks in Business, MBA Veterans Club, Men As Allies, Scheller Pride and Women in Business
- Offering unconscious bias training for MBA students, faculty and staff
- Hosting 270 prospective African American, Hispanic and Native American MBA candidates for the June 2017 MLT (Management Leadership of Tomorrow) Summer Seminar
These on-going efforts have generated exceptional outcomes including a 100% increase in the number of enrolled Full-time MBA candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and an Evening MBA profile currently reflecting 24% underrepresented minorities. Recently diversity efforts of Scheller College and Georgia Tech were featured in a viewpoint article by Dean Maryam Alavi in the July 27 issue of the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
For more information about the 10th Annual Diversity Symposium please visit http://diversity.gatech.edu/diversitysymposium.