Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
We empower people of all backgrounds to thrive in business and make businesses thrive.
Progress requires embedding values of diversity, equity, and inclusion into the DNA of our community.
Precollege programsThe Business Emerging Leaders Program (BEL) recruits and retains undergraduate students from historically underrepresented backgrounds. New precollege camps are in development: Entrepreneurship Boot Camp, Finance and Banking, and McNulty-Hale Women’s Leadership Experience.
WSB Multicultural CenterThis intentional space supports students from historically underrepresented backgrounds, helps build an inclusive community, and fosters a sense of belonging in the School. Explore the WSB Multicultural Center
Student Organization: D&I CouncilStudent leaders from various student organizations focus on building an inclusive community.
DEI Advisory CommitteeFaculty, staff, students, alumni, and corporate partners help achieve DEI goals and vision by affirming existing efforts, identifying areas of opportunity, and sharing best practices.
Skill building for faculty and staffSessions, workshops, and training are provided to all WSB community members. Course content focuses on inclusive leadership and cultural competency.
The range of experiences, identities, and perspectives of individuals within and outside the WSB community. Core to diversity is any characteristic, visible or invisible, that influences the way a person or a group is perceived and treated.
Promoting impartiality and fairness within the procedures, processes, and distribution of resources at WSB.
Every individual feels welcomed, respected, and a sense of belonging. They feel like are an integral member of the WSB community and are supported by WSB and its community members to do their best work.
Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
The staff of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion provide leadership and assistance to students, faculty, and staff. Reach out with any questions or concerns or to learn more about the School’s robust DEI strategy and activities.
Binnu Palta Hill
Binnu (she/her) guides DEI strategy to foster an inclusive culture and enhance diversity among students, faculty and staff. Her approach combines academic research and lived experience to address DEI issues.
Binnu is a frequent conference speaker throughout the U.S. and Europe. She has served as a consultant for more than two dozen private corporations on DEI and her work has been featured on NBC, Cap Times, and Biz News. Binnu also teaches inclusive leadership in the Wisconsin MBA Programs, and serves as the program director of DEI education in the Center for Professional and Executive Development.
Siri (she/her) helps develop and implement DEI strategy and initiatives to cultivate an inclusive culture. She also serves as a DEI resource and liaison for stakeholders across the School. Her focus on multiracial and multicultural identity brings a nuanced perspective to DEI work relating to identity and belonging.
Siri completed the Center for Professional and Executive Development’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Certificate program in October 2021.
Laura (she/her) helps develop and implement DEI strategy and initiatives, with a focus on professional learning opportunities and resources for the WSB community. She draws upon academic research and her own experiences in teaching, instructional leadership and as a team coach to design and facilitate inclusive learning spaces.
As a consultant, Laura has designed and implemented partnerships in K-12 and higher education, medical research training, and non-profit arts organizations in the US and abroad. She also teaches in the MBA program and for the Center for Professional and Executive Development. Laura holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from the UW’s School of Education.
An ongoing commitment
To prepare trusted leaders, we embed diversity, equity, and inclusion in the curriculum.
Undergraduate students learn about social identities and cultures, as well as inclusive engagement, through an inclusive Leadership Badge.
Executive Education offerings include a DEI certificate with programming focused on DEI leadership values, DEI in team building, and building a culture of inclusion and belonging in organizations.
Partnering with other committed organizations and programs continues to advance our progress.
WSB is a founding member of The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management (CGSM), which advances historically underrepresented individuals by assisting in recruiting efforts.
WSB works with the Forté Foundation to increase the number of women in leadership positions in business.
The PhD Project was founded on the premise that advancements in workplace diversity can be propelled forward by increasing the diversity of business school faculty.
Partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
Partnerships with HBCUs—such as faculty and student exchanges—advance diverse relationships.
Creating a place where inclusive leaders grow and thrive
Embracing the need for diversity is just a first step. It must be accompanied by systemic attention to fostering equity and inclusion. Everyone must feel a sense of belonging, empowerment, and ownership.
Enhance diversity— particularly with underrepresented minorities and women—among students, faculty, and staff.
Develop skills related to inclusive leadership and cultural dexterity for students, faculty, and staff leading to greater inclusion and increased retention.
Ensure equity and inclusion in all systems and processes, including student and faculty recruitment, admissions, promotions, resource allocation, and decision-making for all stakeholders.