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MBA Programs Aren’t Enrolling Enough Black and Hispanic Students

But at some schools that have worked to increase diversity, the results are striking.

Jaeden Powell, a student in the North Carolina State Jenkins MBA program, on campus.

Jaeden Powell, a student in the North Carolina State Jenkins MBA program, on campus.

Photographer: Logan Cyrus/Bloomberg

Jaeden Powell says she was hesitant to share her opinion with co-workers at her first job at a New York investment bank. As a young Black woman, she wasn’t sure where she fit in. “There weren’t a lot of people who looked like me in the room,” Powell says.

Now the 24-year-old is the first to occupy a spot aimed at students from underrepresented groups at North Carolina State University’s Jenkins MBA program. The new effort from NC State may eventually contribute 10 of the 50 MBA students accepted each year, says Jen Arthur, director of admission.