Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Commitment Where It Counts
Scheller is located in the heart of Atlanta, a city rich in civil and human rights history. We’re a vibrant, deeply connected community focused on inclusion and collaboration. The foundation of our work is cultivating leaders who are committed to positive and transformational action in the space of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The challenges we face as a society demand we engage and empower more people with different backgrounds and perspectives than ever before. Learn about how Georgia Tech is doing this work.
“I’ve met incredibly eclectic, diverse, and passionate pockets of people at our school — entrepreneurs, activists, artists, and athletes who come from different backgrounds and upbringings. All it takes is a little conversation to see the melting pot that Scheller has become.”
– Aiman Shahab,
BSBA '20, Senior Strategy Analyst, Accenture
Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
“Every Scheller student is sharp and driven, but it’s the diversity of my class that has spurred fascinating discussions and collaboration. Scheller has done a great job leveraging this diversity in building strong core teams. My team is a mix of men and women representing four undergraduate majors, three states, two countries, one master’s degree, and 26 years of combined business experience.”
– Scott Spencer,
Full-time MBA '22,
Scheller Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council
The Scheller Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council was formally reconstituted by Dean Alavi in 2020 to foster organizational change and create equal access to opportunities for educational and professional growth and advancement.
Download the DEI Council Charter to learn more about the mission and scope, membership and roles, and governance of the Council.
- Michael Oxman, Staff (Co-Chair)
- Stacy Feeling, Full-time MBA Student
- Danielle Hall, Executive MBA Student
- Jason Juang, Undergraduate Student
- Charlene Manuel, Evening MBA Student
- Cindy Qiu, Undergraduate Student
- Abhinav Shubham, Ph.D. Student
- Sophia Cruz, Staff
- Chuck Easley Jr., Faculty
- Anne Fuller, Faculty
- Gail Greene, Staff
- Michael Lowe, Faculty
- Nikki Mackenzie, Faculty
- Brittany McCormick, Staff
- Arianna Robinson, Staff
- Shannon Smith, Staff
- Jamaal Broome, Evening MBA Alum
- Duane Carthy, Executive MBA Alum
- Terry Blum, Faculty, ADVANCE Professor
- Maria Misbach, Staff, Marketing/Communications
- Madolyn Penuel, Staff
|Continue social and team activities that contribute to community building||
|Create and maintain webpages related to DEI resources and activities||
|Conduct and host an annual event for the College on DEI issues and practices||
|Sponsor an annual event to lead advocacy of inclusive entrepreneurship in Atlanta community and beyond||
|Accumulate and showcase DEI related programs, practicums, and (ex) curricular guest speakers||
Scheller Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Ambassadors
Scheller DEI ambassadors are alumni of the College with a passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our ambassadors have experience in our programs and within the larger business community, and they can act as advisors and mentors to Scheller students, faculty, and staff. You can reach out to a DEI ambassador for support in the following areas:
- Discuss with the ambassador DEI-related questions, issues, and solutions at the College or in the workplace
- Use the ambassador as a sounding board for sharing ideas and strategies for inclusivity
- Request an ambassador’s participation as a guest speaker, panelist, or host in an event, panel discussion, workshop, or class
- Connect with an ambassador’s company on specific projects or practicums
- Seek out an ambassador to act as a mentor in your academic and career journey
A Community for Inclusive Excellence
Scheller is a proud member of the Forté Foundation, a consortium of leading companies and top business schools that promotes educational and leadership opportunities for women in business.
Management Leadership for Tomorrow
Scheller is a proud member of the Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), a distinguished nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans with the skills, coaching, and connections they need to lead organizations and communities worldwide.
National Black MBA Association
Scheller supports the mission of the National Black MBA Association, which works to support minority MBA students and business professionals. Each year, our students attend the National Black MBA Conference, one of the largest professional development and job recruitment events in the nation.
The PhD Project
The PhD Project helps African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans attain their business Ph.D. and become business professors who will mentor the next generation of leaders.
Scheller is a proud university partner of Prospanica, an organization dedicated to empowering and enabling Hispanic MBAs and business professionals to achieve their full educational, economic, and social potential. Prospanica creates alliances with universities for Hispanic scholars interested in higher education through awarded tuition.
Reaching Out MBA
Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA) empowers LGBTQIA+ MBA students to become professionals who will lead the way to equality in business and society. Through its programming, anchored by its annual conference, ROMBA educates, inspires, and connects an increasingly diverse community.
Women in Technology
By partnering with Women in Technology (WIT), Scheller is connected to women leaders in the tech industry. For more than 20 years, WIT has worked to advance women in technology—from the classroom to the boardroom—by providing advocacy, leadership development, networking, mentoring, and technology education.
Blacks in Business
Blacks in Business (BiB) is dedicated to the academic, professional, and personal development of its members. The organization supports the recruitment of diverse students to Scheller and welcomes all Georgia Tech students who support its goals.
Diversity in Business
Diversity in Business is a student organization that promotes and highlights the diversity within the Georgia Tech student community and the broader business world by hosting networking and learning events with prominent companies.
MBA International Committee
This student-led group celebrates international heritage, provides an opportunity for students to connect with other international Scheller community members, and introduces all MBA students to cultures and traditions from around the world.
Scheller Veterans Club
The Scheller Veterans Club is committed to assisting transitioning service members and veterans who are interested in pursuing an MBA. Members take great pride in their military experience and are proud to be a part of the Scheller community.
Scheller Pride supports the LGBTQIA community of Scheller's business program. The club’s efforts are aimed at promoting networking and socializing opportunities and connecting with all members across prospective students, Full-time, Evening, and Executive MBA students, as well as alumni and staff.
Society of Women in Business
Through social activities, professional development events, and career networking opportunities, the Society of Women in Business supports and empowers Georgia Tech students to become successful business leaders.
Women in Business
Women in Business is a student-led organization that supports and empowers Scheller MBAs to become successful leaders through social activities, professional development events, and networking opportunities.
Listen to Our Podcast
How to Find Success at the National Black MBA Association Conference
In this episode of The Intersection Podcast, host and MBA student Leo Haigh talks with Kevin Stacia, Jones MBA Career Center Coach, and Kash Mends-Cole, Full-time MBA student and president of the Blacks in Business Club, to get their advice on the National Black MBA Association Conference (NBMBAA) that happens every September. Kevin and Kash reflect on the NBMBAA Conference that occurs every September
“I have been proud to found and lead Diversity in Business and serve on the Scheller DE&I Council, two organizations that Scheller has fully supported. These initiatives, among various others, demonstrate Scheller’s earnest support for diversity, equity, and inclusion not only as a strategic focus but as core values that pervade every aspect of its success.”
– Kara Pomeranz,
BSBA '22, Risk & Regulatory Associate, PwC