The Ross School of Business has a tradition of fostering a diverse educational community, and we offer prospective students a variety of opportunities to experience this through our student organizations, our annual UpClose event, and relationships with diversity organizations. We encourage all prospective MBA students with a demonstrated commitment to increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in the business professions to apply to the Ross MBA Program through The Consortium.
Founded in 1970, the Black Business Students Association (BBSA) is one of the largest student-run organizations at Ross. BBSA is dedicated to the recruitment of graduate black business students and the professional and academic development of its membership. In addition to its professional and academic goals, the BBSA hosts social outings throughout the year to foster relationships within the membership and the Ross community. Each year, the BBSA hosts the annual Alfred L. Edwards BBSA Conference. The conference explores the issues facing underrepresented minorities in business and provides an opportunity to network with Ross students, alumni, and faculty.
The Hispanic & Latino Business Students Association (HLBSA) is a graduate student organization open to all MBA students who are interested in Latin cultures and communities. HLBSA’s goal is to provide a stimulating and supportive network to its members by:
- building and fostering the network among current students
- advancing the awareness of Latin culture at Ross School
- supporting students interested in careers in the U.S. and Latin America
- assisting international students’ transition into life at the Ross School
- supporting Consortium for Graduate Study in Management activities
- facilitating communication among Ross alumni and current students
- enhancing the Ross brand in Latin America and within Latin communities in the U.S.
Our UpClose diversity event, held every fall at the Ross School of Business, is hosted by the Office of Admissions in partnership with the members of the Ross School of Business' Consortium community. UpClose offers prospective MBA students the opportunity to experience the community and programs at Ross, and it is designed for prospective students of any race or ethnicity who have an interest in improving the representation of minorities in management.
Affiliation with Organizations that Promote Diversity in Business
Since 1983, the Ross School of Business has been a member of The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, an alliance of leading American business schools and some of the United States’ top corporations. The mission of The Consortium is to enhance diversity in business education and leadership by helping to reduce the serious underrepresentation of African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans in both its member schools’ enrollments and the ranks of management. As mentioned previously, we encourage all prospective MBA students with a demonstrated commitment to increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in the business professions to apply to the Ross MBA Program through The Consortium.
Ross is proud of our long-standing relationship with The Consortium. We have had one of the largest number of Consortium members amongst the 17 Consortium schools, and Ross students won The Consortium’s 2010 T.E.A.M. award in recognition of their fund-raising for The Consortium’s class gift campaign, communication amongst Consortium members, and student leadership.
In addition to this partnership, Ross collaborates with a host of organizations that encourage students from diverse backgrounds and underserved communities to pursue graduate management studies, including:MLT and participates in their in-person seminars and other events.
MLT provides the roadmap, coaching, hard and soft skills, and door-opening relationships that transform high-potential minority talent into high-impact leaders. MLT’s MBA Prep Program prepares African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans to apply to major business schools and successfully navigate the corporate recruiting process once admitted. The MBA Prep experience includes two years of personalized coaching and five in-person seminars where participants enhance their skills and build relationships with business school admission officers and recruiters from 60+ top corporations and social sector organizations. In addition, Fellows receive mentoring from MLT alumni, participate in high-impact volunteer leadership activities, and connect with organizations which provide GMAT preparation. 99% of MLT Fellows were admitted to business school in 2012. MLT has been featured on CNN’s Black in America 2, on the cover of Fortune, on NPR, and in the Wall Street Journal and Businessweek.
APPLY to MLT's MBA Prep Program by either September 16 (Round 1) or October 28 (Round 2).
Ross representatives and students also attend conferences that seek to address issues of underrepresentation in business, such as:
We encourage you to visit the Diversity Matters at Michigan website, which serves as a comprehensive portal to diversity resources at the University of Michigan.