Recruiting a Diverse Student Body at Booth
We are reviewing our recruiting initiatives; emphasizing qualities of empathy, self-awareness, and resilience in our interview process; providing implicit-bias training to interviewers; and evaluating and implementing new ways to develop a strong pipeline of diverse candidates.
- We appointed Angela Pace-Moody as our new director of global diversity and inclusion, beginning July 1, 2021. In this new leadership role at Booth, which reports directly to the Deans’ Office, Pace-Moody will be responsible for supporting D&I initiatives for students in Booth’s Full-Time, Evening, Weekend, and Executive MBA Programs. She’ll also serve as a liaison to our alumni community globally.
- Our ongoing recruiting initiatives include virtual and in-person diversity events; one-on-one office hours with diversity outreach staff; initiatives in diverse markets globally aimed at attracting more women to the Executive MBA Program; affinity group events expanding pipeline development with outreach to organizations and undergraduate schools, including historically Black colleges and universities; and frequent evaluations of our recruiting initiatives for inclusivity across a number of metrics.
- We are building on existing and new external partnerships with groups supporting diversity and inclusion, including 30% Club, Forte Foundation, JumpStart, Management Leadership for Tomorrow, Posse Foundation, Prospanica, Riordan, Reaching Out MBA, and Toigo.
- Our recruitment initiatives with student organizations include partnerships with the African American MBA Association, Chicago Women in Business, Hispanic American Business Students Association, OUTreach, Coalition of Minorities in Business, Booth Pride Group, and Graduate Women in Business, as well as with alumni groups including the Chicago Booth Black Alumni Association and Hispanic/Latinx Booth Alumni Association.
- Our research centers and programs have launched recruiting-related initiatives including: Booth’s collaboration with the Leadership Alliance’s Summer Research Early Identification Program to welcome seventeen outstanding emerging scholars to work with faculty from the Center for Decision Research, the Center for Applied Artificial Intelligence, and other areas of the school; the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics’ new 2021 program to attract students from across the country each summer who may not have previously considered studying economics; and the PhD Program’s new and ongoing initiatives including hosting IDDEAS, as well as participating in Discover UChicago and the PhD Project.