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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We are committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive community that encourages all to reach their full potential through learning, working, and service. By enhancing and sustaining an ethical, culturally-grounded, and anti-racist institution, we will equip the leaders of tomorrow to live the values of “business as a force for good.”


Scholarship support for diverse students


annual attendance at sold-out Women's Leadership Conference


Annual Programs and Events


Students of color

Annual Report of Inclusive Excellence Efforts: Academic Year 2022-2023

During the past academic year, the Carlson School took significant steps toward creating an inclusive atmosphere where all can thrive and succeed. This annual report details a variety of the school’s efforts in DEI both inside and outside the classroom, from reimagining coursework to building community partnerships. 

Through sustained efforts, our community is making progress on issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

 Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures Joseph Nayquonabe

1st Tuesday Speaker Series - Joe Nayquonabe

Joe Nayquonabe, CEO of Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures, discussed his business philosophy, the growth of Mille Lacs Band's business portfolios, and the connection to his community. Nayquonabe, '11 MBA, spoke during the Carlson School of Management's virtual 1st Tuesday event.

ELOC Mentor

Emerging Leaders of Color

The free, selective, 8-month program provides opportunities for underrepresented high school students to experience and learn about business at the Carlson School.

Current Initiatives

At the Carlson School, we’re actively involved in encouraging careers in business and a Carlson School education for all kinds of students.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership

The Carlson School of Management is dedicated to the core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion and makes resources available specifically for the Carlson School community. 

Angela Spranger

Angela Spranger

Angela Spranger is the inaugural Senior Diversity Officer for the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management and the Center for Inclusive Excellence founding Director. Within the school, she works to shift the culture to encourage and deepen a sense of belonging for students, faculty, and staff. In the community, she provides leadership and support through consulting, convening, and collaborating with regional partners to promote inclusive excellence.

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