One Question: Duke, Cornell, and UNC MBAs Take on Classroom Diversity

One Question: Duke, Cornell, and UNC MBAs Take on Classroom Diversity
Students sound off on whether their schools are doing enough to show diverse portraits of leadership (Courtesy Cornell University)
Courtesy Cornell University

This post is the first in a series in which we ask MBA students from all over the world one question, to get at what the next generation of business leaders is thinking.  This week we asked: Does the curriculum at your business school expose you to a diverse array of leaders and other professionals? (Diversity could mean gender, ethnicity, class, or other characteristics.) What would you like to see more of?

“As a gay man, I would like to see some more LGBT alums/faculty discuss and/or address issues of gender and sexuality in the workplace, whether it is part of academic case studies, guest lecturers, or career-related events. While there is a diverse array of personalities [in B-school], a majority of [people] live in the MBA/academic bubble, especially faculty. It would be nice to get outside perspective from time to time. I don’t think these are critiques that would be unique to Cornell Johnson, though, as I have heard exactly the same feedback from friends at other top programs, such a Chicago Booth, HBS, NYU Stern, and Stanford.” — Arnab Mukherjee, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University

“Our curriculum could do a better job of showing diversity in business through cases. However, I’m sure they are limited by what’s available. We already know the vast majority of Fortune 500 [chief executives] are men. It would be great if they could find more female and diverse leaders to focus on.” ‐ Jessica Fischburg, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina

“The curriculum at times brings in leaders or other professionals. However, I don’t believe our curriculum is designed in a way that makes this a priority. What is important is the career office and student-run clubs inviting leaders and professionals in a number of functions to the school to speak to interested students. Within this context, I am exposed to a diverse range of leaders and professionals.” — Dominic Rasini, Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester

“While there is a clear focus on bringing in students and faculty with diverse ethnicity, gender, and sexuality, I think more could be done to include socioeconomic factors in the concept of diversity.” — Sam Lambson, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University

“Given Fuqua’s international focus, I think they show strong diversity within the curriculum in terms of global leaders and professionals. Cases, speakers, and projects usually have an international component. Gender is something that our AWIB [Association of Women in Business] club has done a great job in highlighting with a series of extracurricular events with faculty and guests. — Simon Moore-Crouch, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

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