Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging

The KU School of Business is committed to fostering a culture of diversity. It’s one of our core commitments: We commit to creating and supporting an atmosphere of inclusivity in which all people, ideas, perspectives and experiences are valued.

In order to support this core commitment, the School of Business has formed a DEIB Task Force composed of our Dean's Advisory Board members, as well as an internal DEIB Workgroup composed of 12 faculty and staff members.

The DEIB Workgroup was created to develop tangible plans for DEIB program expansion, including programs for pre-college students, current business students and alumni. The workgroup will make recommendations provided back to the DEIB Task Force, and these recommendations about potential program changes and funding strategies will inform a forthcoming DEIB strategic plan that the School of Business will share as it becomes available.

Multicultural Business Scholars Program

The Multicultural Business Scholars Program (MBSP) is a unique scholarship and mentoring program that seeks to create opportunities for diverse students to excel academically, professionally and personally. Through the implementation of intentional interactions, this program caters to holistic student development.

Program benefits include alumni and faculty mentoring, individual and group meetings, professional networking and development opportunities, and social programming. The ultimate goal of this program is to retain and graduate underrepresented students, and to connect them with post-graduate experiences that lead them to a successful career of their choice.

 

Summer Venture in Business

Summer Venture in Business is a pre-college summer academy housed in the University of Kansas School of Business for underrepresented ethnic minority students in high school and/or potential first-generation college students who are interested in business.

The goal of this program is to familiarize high school students with aspects of the college experience in and out of the classroom. It serves as a pipeline program for students to access academic resources and opportunities at KU. In addition to exposing participants to business topics, Summer Venture aims to equip students with the tools and knowledge for applying to the university, succeeding in college, and prospering in their careers.