Diversity Boost at Berkeley Haas

The Consortium's entering Berkeley-Haas MBA class, along with staff from Admissions and Career Services

An even more diverse group of students will hone their leadership skills in the Full-time Berkeley MBA Program this year, thanks to the Haas School rejoining The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management.

This year’s entering full-time MBA class was the first to apply since Berkeley-Haas re-entered The Consortium in March 2010. Applications from under-represented minorities for the class of 2013 jumped 44 percent and the percentage of under-represented minorities enrolled nearly doubled to 9.6 percent of the class—the highest percentage in recent years.

The Consortium is an alliance of top U.S. business schools and corporations aimed at fostering diversity among graduate business students and corporate leaders. Berkeley-Haas re-gained membership after an expansion to The Consortium’s mission allowed the school to join and still be in compliance with California State Proposition 209.

Three members of the entering class are serving as liaisons to the Consortium: Amara Aigbedion, Samir Das, and Benny Du. Aigbedion says the strong network is just one of the benefits realized so far. “The opportunity to be a part of this network of talented, like-minded, and genuinely warm-hearted people has a value beyond measure,” she says.  As a liaison, Aigbedion will represent the Berkeley MBA Program to prospective students and hopes to bring awareness of Berkeley-Haas to more minorities by reaching out to other MBA organizations and networks.

Du learned of the Consortium while mentoring underprivileged high school students in Los Angeles as a Riordan Fellow, teaching them the importance of financial literacy and business leadership. “Being a member of the Consortium has been an amazing experience,” he says. “We got to work closely with advisers from the Career Management Group in preparing for the OP (summer orientation) in Minneapolis, where I met and networked with many of the corporate sponsors and even got a few interviews for internship opportunities next summer.”  Du looks forward to working with the different affinity student groups and the MBAA’s VP of diversity “in ensuring that the entire Haas community will play a key role in advancing the Consortium’s mission.”

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