Current Initiatives

The Carlson School supports our diverse community in a variety of ways. From scholarships to events, identity-based visit days to recruitment fairs, and pipeline programs to affinity networks, there is something for everyone.

Current Initiatives

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  • Multiple funds designated to support students from diverse backgrounds. 
  • In FY '21, the Carlson School provided 253 scholarships to diverse students totaling nearly $1.4 million in support.
  • Diversity Scholarships for Executive Education programs 
  • Executive Education program: Women in Leadership 
  • Executive Education program: Inclusive Leadership, Fostering Diversity to Drive Performance
  • Executive Education partnership with TeamWomen (women's business professional organization)
  • International Student Townhalls
  • LGBTQIA+ Community Lunch Series
  • Community of Color Lunch Series
  • Graduate Women Affinity Networking Night
  • LGBTQIA+ Affinity Networking Night
  • Graduate Student of Color Affinity Networking Night
  • Military Veterans Affinity Networking Night
  • Women, Wine, and Wisdom
  • Military Veterans Gala
  • Global Gala
  • Carlson Women Connect
  • Equity & Leadership Conference
  • Women's Leadership Conference
  • Visit Days for various audiences/affinity groups (Women's Visit Day, LGBTQIA+ Visit Day, Students of Color Visit Day, Military Veterans Visit Day, Carlson Community of Color Admitted Student Event, Carlson Community of Women Admitted Student Eventetc.)
  • Business Innovation Academy
  • Outreach Ambassadors
  • Carlson THRIVE
  • Carlson School - Dougherty Family College Transfer Program
  • Emerging Leaders of Color
  • Recruitment Fairs (includes People of Color Career Fair at Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis Professional Diversity Career Fair, ROMBA and Mossier LGBTQ+ Career Fairs, ForteLaunch events)
  • Military 101 - How to Hire a Vet
  • Hiring International Students
  • Partnership with Access MBA, free MBA prep for women and underrepresented populations
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Partnership with the Full-Time and Management Science MBA
  • DE&I Orientation Sessions for PT/Online/FT MBA Programs
  • MBA Diversity and Inclusion Staff Steering Committee
  • MBA Roundtable/Forte Gender in Business School Task Force
  • DEI Orientation Sessions for Master of Accountancy, Master of Business Taxation, MS in Finance, MS in Business Analytics, Master of Marketing, MS in Supply Chain Management, Part-Time MBA, Online MBA, Full-Time MBA
  • Graduate International Student Orientation 

The Carlson Business Career Center (CBCC) has developed a program for employers to support a more inclusive recruiting, onboarding and workplace experience for students. The program consists of three virtual 90-minutes workshops to help strengthen the connection and understanding between Carlson employers and students from diverse groups. The program is open to anyone who is involved with recruiting, hiring, onboarding and mentoring diverse Carlson students (i.e., campus recruiters, diversity recruiters, HR program leaders, ERG leaders, hiring managers, etc.).

In the program, employers will:

  • Hear directly from Carlson students on what they need during the recruiting process.
  • Share recruiting and retention challenges experienced by other Carlson employers.
  • Re-think key student interactions to be more inclusive of talent from all backgrounds.
  • Learn new ways to show students your commitment to engage in inclusive best practices.

Upon completion of the program, employers receive a certificate of completion and pin to showcase with students their commitment to inclusivity. They are also invited to a breakfast to recognize their program participation, meet student leaders from a variety of affinity clubs and organizations, and join and connect with a cohort of other employers who have gone through the training.