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The Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business is nestled in a city that has a rich history in civil and human rights. At the Scheller College, we embrace diversity as one of the foundations of both successful business strategy and a world-class educational experience.

We share Georgia Tech’s dedication and commitment to promoting the understanding and appreciation of human differences and the constructive expression of ideas. We welcome individuals of different race, ethnicity, culture, religion, language, socioeconomic status, citizenship, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability. And we celebrate the interactions that occur when students bring a diversity of life experience into the classroom.

Scheller College values and respects the diversity in its myriad forms represented throughout the College. Scheller has a long-standing commitment to recruiting, supporting, and advancing women and professionals of color across all of its programs.

Diversity in all of its forms is one of Georgia Tech's greatest strengths. We are committed to creating a culture of 'inclusive excellence' at the Scheller College where all individuals feel invested and engaged in our business school's mission.
– Dean Maryam Alavi

Georgia Tech Institute of Diversity’s 2017 Faces of Inclusive Excellence report has recognized 10 Scheller College of Business faculty, staff, and students who are committed to advancing a culture of inclusive excellence at Georgia Tech and who have distinguished themselves in their research, teaching, and/or service.

Partner Organizations

ADVANCE Program

Georgia Tech’s ADVANCE Program builds and sustains an inter-college network of professors who are world-class researchers and role models to support the community and advancement of women and minorities in academia. The ADVANCE Program’s goal is to develop systemic and institutional approaches that increase the representation, full participation, and advancement of women and minorities in academic STEM careers—thus contributing to a more diverse workforce, locally and nationally.

Scheller faculty Beril Toktay and Chris Shalley are both co-facilitators of Goal 4 of the Scheller College’s Strategic Plan(imbed link here), which is focused on diversity and inclusion. They also serve as ex-officio members of the Scheller Diversity and Inclusion Council. With their guidance, students are able to have trusted advisors through the ADVANCE Program.

Diversity and Inclusion Fellows Program

This program brings together faculty, staff, and students who individually and collectively advance their action, research, or teaching objectives while improving inclusivity on campus. Its goals are to cultivate a network of ambassadors who will advance a culture of inclusive excellence, and to create an environment where people feel safe, comfortable, and empowered to discuss diversity and inclusion. The inaugural 2017 group of fellows included three from  Scheller College: Bill Todd, Lara Fereira, and Dionne Nickerson.

FOCUS

Focus is an undergraduate program that raises awareness of graduate education to underrepresented minority students. It is designed to attract the best and brightest students across the nation and encourage them to pursue graduate degrees at Georgia Tech. Current third- and fourth-year undergraduate students are invited to apply to this program, which provide participants an opportunity to visit Georgia Tech, obtain assistance with the graduate application process, and gain insight into financial resources available to them.

Forté Foundation

Scheller College is a proud member of the Forté Foundation, a consortium of leading companies and top business schools that has become a powerful change agent in promoting educational and leadership opportunities for women in business. Focused on all levels of upper-education from undergraduate to pre-MBA, and MBA to professionals, Forté's agenda builds on its founding commitment to increase the number of women in the early business pipeline, and creates partnerships with academic and advocacy groups, as well as its own sponsors, to attract and retain women in business careers.           

We want to give young women the skills and tools they need to succeed broadly, while specifically informing them about business options before graduation. This helps companies that seek to enhance diversity—and makes women stronger candidates for the best jobs.” - Elissa Sangster, Executive Director, Forté Foundation

Leading Women@Tech

Leading Women@Tech is an Institute-wide program founded under the alignment of the Institute Diversity’s strategic plan, specifically Goal Five and Strategy Three, to “Develop Institute collaborations that provide a pathway to excellence for women and underrepresented faculty and staff, while working with the Institute’s academic and administrative leadership to promote diversity and equity in the advancement and promotion of women and underrepresented staff employees.” The primary responsibilities of the program include creating opportunities for women leaders at the Insittute to build a community and advance a stronger culture of inclusive excellence.

Scheller College Dean Maryam Alavi is a regular supporter of the program’s initiatives, serving as a member on the advisory board, as well as facilitating sessions in the last two years of their programming.

Management Leadership for Tomorrow

Scheller College is a proud member of the Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), a distinguished nonprofit organization dedicated to empower African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans with the skills, coaching, and connections they need to lead organizations and communities worldwide. MLT helps partner schools to better reflect the rich diversity of the global business community and society by providing unique insights, actionable strategies, and efficient access to the best pool of diverse MBA candidates.

Diversity and inclusion is critical in fostering innovation, creativity, productivity, and success in academia and the global workplace. Knowing this, Scheller students, alumni, faculty, and staff led the opportunity to connect with 300 MLT MBA Prep participants June 16-18, 2017, at the 2017 Management Leadership for Tomorrow Summer Seminar, hosted at Scheller College. As hosts, we were able to showcase why our school is an ideal business school for career advancement and management education.

I truly believe that if you can be as diverse and inclusive as our 500+ brands, we can truly unleash the power of perspectives. We believe perspectives drive innovation and ultimately drive growth.” - Andrew Davis - The Coca-Cola Company, Platinum Partner of MLT Summer Seminar 2017

National Black MBA Association

We support the mission of the National Black MBA Association, comprised of minority MBAs, business professionals, and MBA students. Each year, Scheller College students attend the National Black MBA Conference, one of the largest professional development and job recruitment events in the nation, attracting more than 9,000 attendees. Scheller College provides support and preparation services to our students attending the conference both before and during the events, including practice interviews, workshops on conference management, and engaging alumni as industry experts.

We are also a proud member of the NBMBAA Collegiate Partner Program. This partnership is intended to increase placement rates of black students during and after graduation. Within this partnership, Scheller College and NBMBAA are able to offer students scholarships, mentoring, research collaboration, and more.

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The PhD Project

The PhD Project was founded upon the premise that advancements in workplace diversity could be propelled forward by increasing the diversity of business school faculty. Today, their expansive network of supporters, sponsors and universities helps African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans attain their business Ph.D. and become the business professors who will mentor the next generation of leaders.

Reaching Out MBA

Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA) empowers LGBTQIA MBA students to become professionals who will lead the way to equality in business education, in the workplace, and throughout society. Through its programming, anchored by its annual conference, ROMBA educates students about the opportunities and challenges of being an LGBTQIA MBA student and business leader, inspires and enables them to be leaders in their careers and in society and builds connections among each other.

Women in Technology 

Scheller College is connected with the ranks of the top technology women in Georgia by partnering with Women in Technology (WIT). For more than 20 years, WIT has been striving to progress the role of women in the tech industry and to better STEM education opportunities for girls. The organization's work advances women in technology—from the classroom to the boardroom—by providing advocacy, leadership development, networking, mentoring, and technology education. Scheller College of Business’ Dean Alavi was awarded the 2017 Women In Technology Woman of the Year Award, for her efforts advocating for a stronger representation of women in business and technology roles.

Student Organizations

Blacks in Business

Blacks in Business is dedicated to the academic, professional, and personal development of its members. The organization supports the recruitment of diverse students to the Scheller College of Business and welcomes all Georgia Tech students who support its goals. Its mission is to promote the advancement of all Blacks in Business members through the provision of quality resources that foster the successful progression from student members to highly effective Scheller College alumni.

I chose Scheller because it provided me with a great mix of business and technology. Not many programs have a top-tier engineering program right across the bridge, and having access to those individuals is what truly sets Scheller apart. Also, I love that Scheller has VentureLab and right down the street. Eventually I plan to start my own technology firm, so having these resources available are of great value to me.” - DeAndre Jones, Senior Consultant, Daugherty Business Solutions, former President of Blacks in Business

Global Jackets

Georgia Tech thrives on the inclusion of students from around the world. The varied background of its student population is what allows the Institution to expand globally with groundbreaking new ideas. Global Jackets is a student-led club that aims to educate and share cultural differences in a progressive direction.

For 30 years, Global Jackets has worked closely with several cultural organizations on campus and with the Office of International Education to introduce the Tech community to different cultures in different forms and aspects. The club always thrives to have their events informative and fun at the same time.

International Committee

Georgia Tech is a global institution that thrives on the contributions from its diverse student population. This student-led club provides support and programming that celebrates international heritages. It provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to connect with other international members of the Scheller College community, as well as introducing all business students to various world cultures and traditions.

Pride Alliance

Georgia Tech Pride Alliance is a student-led club for LGBTQIA students and their allies. The club provides resources and hosts regular meetings and events for LGBTQIA students and their allies to better assist them in navigating the broad world of today. The club aims to educate and enrich the lives of anyone interested in learning about these issues.

Scheller Veterans Club

This student-led group 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. 

We value the leadership and problem-solving abilities that military service men and women bring to our MBA programs. We're committed to helping you develop the skills and network you need to succeed with military friendly MBA programs for active-duty and reserve personnel, as well as veterans.

I knew I didn’t just want an MBA, I wanted a Scheller MBA. I was blown away by the culture, and atmosphere around the College’s Tech Square location, class size, focus on technological innovation, and a very engaged student body.” - Jamie Foss, MBA student, Vice President of Veteran’s MBA Club at Scheller College

Scheller Pride

Scheller Pride is a club for LGBTQIA full-time, evening, and executive MBA students and allies to provide a supportive environment that will enhance the social, academic, and career experiences of current and future prospective LGBTQIA students, allies, and partners at Scheller College. The club establishes relationships and fosters dialogue with employers and alumni who value a diverse workplace and strive to equip future business leaders to be advocates in the workplace.

Georgia Tech has given me the tools I need to function in the modern business world... My background is in science, which fits well with Georgia Tech. The program is incredibly diverse with people from all backgrounds and industries so I didn't feel out of place. It also makes for a very rich learning environment.” - Alex Ortiz, Founder, Scheller Pride

Society of Women in Business

The Society of Women in Business is a student-led organization at the Scheller College. Through social activities, professional development events and career-networking opportunities, the club supports and empowers Scheller business students to become successful business leaders.

“Having a non-traditional background was a major concern for me going into the MBA program. I frequently wondered how companies would view me and if they would even consider my resume, not to mention interview me. The strength of the on-campus recruiting relationships between Scheller and especially tech companies and Southeast U.S. based companies gave me a chance to interview at more Fortune 100 companies than I could have ever dreamed.” - Hannah Lee, Internship: Senior Analyst Intern, The Home Depot, MBA 2017

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