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Robert F. Smith '94, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, speaks with Darius Gant ’17 at the Columbia Black Business Students Association's ELEVATE conference on March 25, 2017.
A Unique Culture of Diversity and Openness
At Columbia Business School, we believe that diversity strengthens any community or business model and brings it greater success. That's why we're committed to promoting diversity in all its forms by making sure that those from different racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and professional backgrounds are represented in our community.
Columbia Business School is committed to promoting diversity in all its forms by recruiting students from an array of professional backgrounds, socioeconomic upbringings, racial and ethnic identities, and geographic locations. Nowhere is this commitment more apparent than in MBA clusters and learning teams, which are designed to bring together students from a range of backgrounds to help them learn together, both about the material and one another.
We are constantly finding ways to further promote diversity, particularly through our more than 100 student organizations. These student-led groups provide opportunities throughout the semester for all students to celebrate the many different cultures present at Columbia Business School, and many are also involved in the career recruiting process and student-run conferences. The goal behind clubs affiliated with particular affinity groups is not only to provide a network of support for those students, but also to promote collaboration among clubs across our community.
In addition to the fellowships and scholarships designed to foster diversity in the Full-Time MBA Program, Columbia Business School is also closely affiliated with several national organizations that work to improve the diversity of leaders in the business world.
Management Leadership for Tomorrow
Columbia Business School is a partner school with Management Leadership for Tomorrow, a national nonprofit organization that has made groundbreaking progress to correct the dramatic under-representation of minorities in leadership positions. MLT actively works with business schools to increase the presence of minorities in MBA programs as preparation for leadership roles in corporations, nonprofits, and entrepreneurial ventures.
National Black MBA Association
The National Black MBA Association leads in the creation of educational opportunities and economic growth for African Americans by providing innovative programs to stimulate intellectual and economic growth, building partnerships with the nation’s top business associations, and increasing awareness and access to graduate management education programs and career opportunities.
National Society for Hispanic MBAs
With more than 8,000 members in the United States, the National Society for Hispanic MBAs works to foster leadership by Hispanic professionals through graduate management education and professional development. NSHMBA works to prepare Hispanic students for leadership positions in business, so that they will be poised to provide the cultural awareness and sensitivity vital in the management of the nation’s diverse workforce.
Riordan Fellows Program
The Riordan Fellows Program assists recent college graduates who are considering graduate education in business management. Its core purpose is to educate, prepare, and motivate these individuals to competitively apply and succeed in top MBA programs and management careers.
Sponsors for Educational Opportunity
Sponsors for Educational Opportunity provides educational and career programs to young people from underserved communities to maximize their opportunities for educational and professional success. More than 6,000 students have graduated from Sponsors for Educational Opportunity programs and work in a wide range of industries and locations.
Ten School Diversity Alliance
The Ten School Diversity Alliance (TSDA) is a joint effort by the nation’s leading business schools to affect and influence the diversity of MBA campuses, organizations, and the global community. Through TSDA, Columbia Business School partners with the following institutions to promote greater diversity in the business world: Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan School of Management, Northwestern Kellogg School of Management, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Chicago Booth School of Business, UVA Darden School of Business, and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.