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."

18' Military friendly

Nation’s 2nd Best Military Friendly Grad Program

Military Friendly is a division of Victory Media, which for more than a decade has surveyed thousands of institutions and assembled lists that capture best practices in recruitment and retention of military employees, students, and franchisees.


LGBTQA+ Friendly

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is one of the “Top 25 LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges & Universities” in the nation, according to findings announced by Campus Pride.

3 Year Average

Across All MBA Programs - Full-Time, Part-Time, Online and Executive




Students of Color




The Carlson School of Management builds and sustains relationships with partner organizations for the mutual benefit of providing students with a network of support, employment opportunities and career advancement. The following organizations and the University share common goals of educational advancement, development of relationships and networks, as well as providing the support and tools to underrepresented populations to succeed in the business world.

The Carlson School also collaborates with external organizations to provide scholarships funding for underrepresented students at the University of Minnesota.

Forté partners with a broad range of forward thinking business schools, corporations, executive education programs, universities and nonprofit organizations who support their goal of increasing the number of women in business. As a Forte partner school we provide Forte Fellowships each year, send students to the Forte Annual Conference and provide resources to our female students from the Forte Foundation to help support community building among our women students.

Forte Foundation

The Carlson School is proud to be a founding member on the People of Color Careers platform. Until People of Color are represented in rooms where decisions are made, real change will not occur. That’s why the People Of Color Careers™ platform was developed. They aim to facilitate Professionals of Color connecting with Hiring Managers and Recruiters at top companies, to be an all-in-one spot for Professionals and Employers to find one another. Their platform is designed with Black professionals and other Professionals of Color in mind, intended to help effectively identify Employers who are serious about increasing racial inclusivity at all levels of their organizational structure. People Of Color Careers™ was designed to accomplish two key things: 1. Create a place for Professionals of Color to be their authentic selves and meet hiring managers and recruiters, and 2. Support Employers’ DEI hiring, retention, and career advancement initiatives. People Of Color Careers™ accomplishes both of things.

People of Color Careers

National Black MBA Association® seeks to align itself with outstanding corporate partners that share their commitment to creating educational opportunities and economic growth for African-Americans and diverse business professionals.  They work to foster mutually beneficial relationships that create a pipeline of diverse talent for our partners, offer new and exciting resources and opportunities for our members, while increasing the reach and impact of the NBMBAA®. The Carlson School awards National Black MBA Fellowships to incoming students, attends and sends students to the National Annual Conference, and also sponsors local events.

NBMBAA Twin Cities

Prospanica makes local impact that builds on the empowerment of Hispanic-Professionals nationwide! At Prospanica, they seek to enable their leaders to grow and reach their full economic, social and educational potential. Local chapters, like the Minneapolis/St.Paul Chapter, influence corporate America by leading a Prospanica chapter in their community. As a Prospanica Partner, we award Prospanica fellowships to incoming students and sponsor local events.

Prospanic Minneapolis/St.Paul

Over their 20 year history, Reaching Out has grown to include a range of programming that educates, inspires, and connects an increasingly diverse LGBT+ MBA community. As a ROMBA partner, the Carlson School awards ROMBA fellowships to incoming students, attends and sends students to the ROMBA Annual Conference each year, and sponsors other partner events.  


  1. Genesys Works creates career pathways and opportunities for youth from underserved communities while simultaneously helping employers fill critical talent gaps within their companies. They do this by providing skills training, counseling and coaching, and paid internships for high school seniors who currently reside in underserved communities and lack access to the resources needed to achieve sustained economic mobility.
  2. The Carlson School partners with Genesys Works to put on workshops for their students (Planning your Career, Networking 101 and more) and sponsors local events (Alumni Day 2021). 

Genesys Works - Twin Cities

Signature Carlson School MBA Events

The Carlson MBA is a rigorous and powerful program designed to help you grow professionally. But the high caliber education isn't the only strength of the Carlson School of Management. Learn how our community educates, supports, and advocates for a more inclusive and equitable environment. Hear stories from a diverse set of students who will also be available to answer your questions about the MBA experience. 

Register here.

The Carlson School MBA Program invites students to come to visit our community through our Visit Days program. On your Visit Day, you'll have the opportunity to engage with prospective and current students with shared experiences, learn more about your academic experience here, interact with alumni, and immerse yourself in what the Carlson School can offer you. We also try to partner with existing clubs related to student identities - Women, Students of Color, LGBTQIA+, Veterans, and more. Our Admissions Team is eager to host you and give you the information and tools you need to navigate the MBA Admissions process

 More coming Spring 2021

  • Women, Wine & Wisdom
  • Forte Events for current and prospective students
  • Women’s Leadership Conference

A panel of professionals conversed about DEI in the workplace. They addressed their company initiatives on retention and promotion of BIPOC employees, their own journeys moving up in their companies, and education's impact on DEI policies in the workplace. After the panel joined alumni, current students, and prospective students for networking and advice on thriving as a professional of color.

The Carlson School of Management MBA Programs hosts a series of Affinity Networking Series that provide MBA students and alumni an opportunity to connect, build community, and strengthen professional networks. This initiative is part of a larger Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategic plan that the MBA programs is implementing throughout our programs, events, and student and alumni experience. Join us for one or all of the Affinity Networking Nights. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Carlson Women's Networking Night, Carlson Student of Color Networking Night, Carlson Military Veterans Networking Night, Carlson LGBTQIA Networking Night.

The Equity and Diversity Certificate helps participants develop tools necessary for advancing equity and diversity in all aspects of their personal and professional lives. The program: Offers participants a theoretical framework for understanding equity and diversity work, Helps participants develop necessary skills for equity and diversity work, Gives participants direct experience working and communicating across differences. The Certificate program is free for all current students, staff, & faculty on all five system campuses.