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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 programs

The 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.

Multicultural Center

This intentional space supports students from historically underrepresented backgrounds, helps build an inclusive community, and fosters a sense of belonging in the School.

Student Organization: D&I Council

Student leaders from various student organizations focus on building an inclusive community.

DEI Advisory Committee

Faculty, 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 staff

Sessions, workshops, and training are provided to all WSB community members. Course content focuses on inclusive leadership and cultural competency.
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An ongoing commitment

To prepare trusted leaders, we embed diversity, equity, and inclusion in the curriculum.

Students working in Learning Commons

Undergraduate students learn about social identities and cultures, as well as inclusive engagement, through an inclusive Leadership Badge.

Learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the undergraduate program
Weikel speaker Deanna Singh (MBA '12) speaks to a host of women MBA students

Graduate students receive inclusive leadership training as an integral part of orientation programs and diversity training is woven throughout the curriculum.

Learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the graduate programs:
Full-time MBAExecutive MBAProfessional MBAMaster’s

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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.

Certificate in Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Partnering with other committed organizations and programs continues to advance our progress.


The Consortium

WSB is a founding member of The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management (CGSM), which advances historically underrepresented individuals by assisting in recruiting efforts.

Forté Foundation

WSB works with the Forté Foundation to increase the number of women in leadership positions in business.

PhD Project

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

Hart Posen
“DEI is not only a moral imperative, but also a business imperative. I ask students to consider the conditions under which DEI can be a source of competitive advantage.”
Hart Posen
Professor | Richard G. and Julie J. Diermeier Professor in Business
Teaches business strategy in the evening and full-time MBA programs
Joann Peck
“Exposing students to both conscious and unconscious factors that are influencing them increases the chances of them making decisions that benefit them and their organizations.”
Joann Peck
Associate Professor, Marketing Irwin Maier Professor of Business
Teaches consumer behavior in the evening executive and full-time MBA programs
Tim Buhl
“DEI is an important component of today’s marketing mission with immediate industry application. It is also a priority of the part-time MBA programs.”
Tim Buhl
Lecturer, Grainger Center for Supply Chain Management, Marketing
Teaches marketing management in the part-time MBA programs
Daniel Wangerin
“The earlier our students understand how to become inclusive leaders, the more prepared they will be to rise through the ranks and help others around them raise the bar. The bottom line is that inclusive leaders are the best business leaders.”
Dan Wangerin
Associate Professor | David J. Lesar Professor of Business
Incorporates DEI in the undergraduate and master’s accounting programs
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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.

Goal 1

Enhance diversity— particularly with underrepresented minorities and women—among students, faculty, and staff.

Goal 2

Develop skills related to inclusive leadership and cultural dexterity for students, faculty, and staff leading to greater inclusion and increased retention.

Goal 3

Ensure equity and inclusion in all systems and processes, including student and faculty recruitment, admissions, promotions, resource allocation, and decision-making for all stakeholders.

Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Binnu Hill

Binnu Palta Hill

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer – WSB
Office of the Dean
binnu.palta.hill@wisc.edu
Siri Pairin

Sirinda Pairin

Diversity & Inclusion Specialist
Office of the Dean
sirinda.pairin@wisc.edu