Interacting with people from different backgrounds and with different points of view strengthens your business education. Today’s employers are looking for new hires who can function well on diverse teams. The bottom-line impact of diversity on productivity, innovation, and employee satisfaction makes it an area of ongoing attention for recruiting companies.

The Wisconsin School of Business is committed to diversity in its undergraduate student body, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, and intellectual differences.

A Focus on Inclusion

The Wisconsin School of Business has ongoing initiatives to promote an environment of inclusion, where everyone feels valued and welcome to be themselves. Our community is built on a foundation of respect for each other and honest self-assessment. We work to continually improve and foster a climate where everyone can contribute their skills, talents, and ideas.

Wisconsin BBA students are exposed to the principles of inclusion early in their academic career. The topics of identity, diversity, inclusive leadership, and unconscious bias are introduced to each entering class as part of the required Personal and Professional Foundations in Business course. Students can explore these topics further in The Compass Program™.

Student Organizations Promote Diversity

A variety of student organizations build cross-cultural awareness and contribute to a climate of inclusion.

The Multicultural Business Student Association (MBSA) is the premier student organization on campus for pre-business, business, and business-inclined undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds. MBSA connects students with internship and career opportunities with leading companies. The student-led organization offers guest speakers, résumé and interviewing workshops, leadership opportunities, socials, programs that give back, and exposure to multicultural events across campus.

Other student organizations at the Wisconsin School of Business that support diversity include:

  • Asian Business and Economics Student Association
  • Korean Business Student Association
  • National Association of Black Accountants, UW–Madison chapter
  • Women in Business

In addition, Wisconsin BBA students have access to a wide range of resources and organizations on the UW–Madison campus that promote diversity and provide advocacy services.

Reaching out to Future Business Badgers

Efforts to reach out to students from diverse backgrounds include the Business Emerging Leaders (BEL) Program. This program is designed for promising pre-college students who come from diverse backgrounds and have strong academic records and demonstrated leadership skills. Program participants engage in self-exploration, team building, academic growth, and career development, gaining a distinct advantage when it is time to adjust to college life.

The BEL Program meets every summer for three years, beginning the summer after tenth grade. BEL Program participants who are admitted to UW–Madison and major in business are granted a full-tuition scholarship for four years of attendance.