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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.

First Tuesday Speaker Series

1st Tuesday Speaker Series

The Carlson School of Management's 1st Tuesday Speaker Series began in 1992 to provide an opportunity for alumni and friends of the Carlson School to continue their management education. The 1st Tuesday Speaker Series features top executives addressing hot topics in business and leadership. 

Held on the first Tuesday of every month at the McNamara Alumni Center, with a virtual participation option starting in the Fall 2021 season for attendees outside of the Twin Cities region, the program attracts alumni and business leaders from throughout the corporate community and has become an attractive spot for professionals in the metropolitan area to network.

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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