|Commitment to Diversity|
Allan Coye '11
Post-MBA employer: Goldman Sachs
"I tend to like smaller communities. I also love working in places where people all have different backgrounds, skills, and experiences. At Yale SOM, one of the things that stood out was that despite the small size, the students are just so diverse, both in terms of what they’ve done and who they are. But at the same time, they’re all linked by a desire to do something for society."
Lisa Poon '12
Summer Internship: Unilever
"I'm involved in the Women in Management club at Yale SOM. I'm on the WIM admissions committee, and I really love talking to perspective students and telling them about my experience. One of the club's larger goals is to increase female enrollment in MBA programs. This year we organized a pilot mentorship program with the Women's Leadership Initiative at Yale College. It was a great way for us to be involved with the larger community of women at Yale."
James Robertson '99
Post-MBA employer: Country Director/India, International HIV/AIDS Alliance
"A decade ago when we first developed the idea of a national conference for gay and lesbian MBA students, SOM was immediately supportive. I realized early on that Yale was not only willing to address the challenges of diversity but also excited by the opportunities it creates."
Yale SOM Diversity Newsletter
Global Pre-MBA Leadership Program
The Yale School of Management is fully committed to diversity along many dimensions — racial, ethnic, national, and socioeconomic background; sexual orientation; gender; age; veteran status; religious belief; thought and opinion; professional aspirations; and more.
The mission of the Yale School of Management is to educate leaders for business and society, and our commitment to diversity is an essential component of that mission. We recognize that diversity is an essential force in the business world today. Regardless of career path, our alumni will be more effective and successful when they're exposed to the experiences, ideas, and values of people with different backgrounds and aspirations.
Yale's integrated MBA curriculum teaches students to take a broad view of the roles they will take on as business leaders and to view decisions in a wide context. The diversity of viewpoints embodied in our community enriches our classroom discussions.
Yale SOM is small compared to other leading business schools, and our students form close bonds of mutual support with their classmates. Our diverse community—and the wealth of viewpoints and perspectives to which such a community gives expression—yields benefits for every community member. We believe in open dialog, respect for individual points of view, and lifelong learning, and we strive to ensure that our commitment to diversity contributes to meaningful and ongoing professional development.
In 2007, Yale SOM students, faculty, and staff came together to form a Standing Task Force on Diversity. The group authored the "Vision Statement on Diversity," which was affirmed by the Yale SOM community. In 2011, Dean Edward A. Snyder formed a Diversity Advisory Group, which continues to work on initiatives that keep diversity at the forefront of dialog and action at the school.
With over 45-plus student clubs, the Yale School of Management provides abundant opportunities and resources for students to connect and collaborate with others who share similar backgrounds, personal interests, or professional aspirations. Some of our student club offerings are listed below (view the complete list of student clubs). If you’d like to find out more about a particular club or affiliation, contact our Admissions Ambassadors, current Yale MBA students who are available to talk with you about their own experiences with their respective organizations.
Yale SOM's clubs include:
To help identify some of the many financial resources that may be available to help promote diversity in the Yale School of Management student body, the school has compiled a list of scholarship resources from organizations outside the University that are available to MBA students. In addition, through our partnership with The Consortium, select MBA students are eligible for merit-based fellowships equivalent to the cost of tuition and required fees.
In addition, a wide range of merit scholarships, a number of which are designated for individuals with specific backgrounds or professional aspirations, are also available directly from Yale SOM. Recent additions to our merit scholarship offerings include funds reserved for alumni of Teach for America, and opportunities for up to two active-duty military officers per year to attend Yale SOM at significantly reduced tuition based on a Memorandum of Agreement between Yale SOM and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
The Yale School of Management actively seeks to engage with organizations committed to diversity in MBA education. Among our current partner organizations are:
The School’s Admissions Office sponsors or participates in a number of MBA admissions events throughout the year. View the complete calendar of Yale SOM Admissions Events.
Explore Diversity Days provide prospective students with an opportunity to experience the diversity and excellence of the Yale School of Management first-hand. From special presentations, interacting with alumni and faculty, to one-on-one interactions with Yale MBA students, Explore Diversity is our chance to introduce you to our supportive community and to demonstrate our commitment to our mission of educating leaders for business and society.