Welcome to Michigan Ross! Students who identify with underrepresented groups thrive here. At Ross, we value the diverse perspectives and ideologies that arise from the unique and varied experiences of our students, faculty, and staff.

We believe the Michigan Difference is to embrace and leverage what makes each member of our community distinct, because this is what enriches the Ross community and its members.

Students who identify with underrepresented student groups thrive at Michigan Ross. We value openness of thought, celebration of difference, and encouragement of diversity. In recent years, we have welcomed a 17 percent increase among underrepresented students. The Ross Office of Diversity and Inclusion is here to help students of many different populations—including but not limited to people of color, veterans, LGBT individuals, students with disabilities, students with different religions, and women—in every aspect of their education and to continue to build and foster a dynamic, inclusive culture.

Below, you will find examples of the resources at Ross for underrepresented students.

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Undergraduate Outreach Programs

LEAD PROGRAM

The LEADership Education and Development program is an international cross-sector collaborative of premier U.S. corporations, government agencies, higher education and nonprofit partnerships, focused on developing high potential youth from diverse backgrounds into high achievers and responsible leaders. LEAD accomplishes its mission by fostering a vibrant community for students to gain the skills, experience, and encouragement they need to fulfill their educational and professional aspirations in the fields of business, engineering, and computer science. LEAD offers the Summer Business Institute, its flagship program, at Ross, in which students early in their academic development explore finance, entrepreneurship, accounting, marketing, and other business sectors, to expose them early on to the innumerable career opportunities in business. Over the program’s four-week run, students experience activities such as engaging in intense, hands-on curriculum incorporating case studies, business plans and team projects, and gaining first-hand knowledge from business professionals through mentoring and corporate site visits.

Student Organizations

One way to immerse yourself in the Ross community is through our Student Clubs & Organizations. Our highly active student groups create exceptional social and professional opportunities beyond the curriculum. Diverse interests are represented and provide a wide range of choices for your extracurricular involvement.

Ross Student Government Association (SGA) officially recognizes and supports the following business school student clubs and organizations:

Prospective Students

UPCLOSE

Our UpClose diversity event, held every fall at Ross, is hosted by the Office of Admissions in partnership with the members of Ross' Consortium community. UpClose offers prospective MBA students the opportunity to experience the community and programs at Ross, and it is designed for prospective students of any race or ethnicity who have an interest in improving the visibility of underrepresented populations in management.

For additional admissions events in your area, please visit our events page (graduate students) and our BBA Outreach page (undergraduate students).

Partnerships Promoting Diversity & Inclusion

Since 1983, the Ross has been a member of The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, an alliance of leading American business schools and some of the United States’ top corporations. The mission of The Consortium is to enhance diversity in business education and leadership by helping to reduce the serious underrepresentation of African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans in both its member schools’ enrollments and the ranks of management. We encourage all prospective MBA students with a demonstrated commitment to increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in the business professions to apply to the Ross MBA program through The Consortium.

Ross is proud of our longstanding relationship with The Consortium. We have had one of the largest number of Consortium members among the 17 Consortium schools, and Ross students won The Consortium’s 2010 T.E.A.M. award in recognition of their fundraising for The Consortium’s class gift campaign, communication amongst Consortium members, and student leadership.

In addition to this partnership, Ross collaborates with a host of organizations that encourage students from diverse backgrounds and underserved communities to pursue graduate management studies, including:

Michigan Ross is a Premier Partner with MLT and participates in their in-person seminars and other events.

MLT provides the roadmap, coaching, hard and soft skills, and door-opening relationships that transform high-potential underrepresented talent into high-impact leaders. MLT’s MBA Prep Program prepares African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans to apply to major business schools and successfully navigate the corporate recruiting process once admitted. The MBA Prep experience includes two years of personalized coaching and five in-person seminars where participants enhance their skills and build relationships with business school admission officers and recruiters from more than 60 top corporations and social sector organizations. In addition, Fellows receive mentoring from MLT alumni, participate in high-impact volunteer leadership activities, and connect with organizations that provide GMAT preparation. In 2012, 99 percent of MLT Fellows were admitted to business school. MLT has been featured on CNN’s Black in America 2, on the cover of Fortune, on NPR, in the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Businessweek.

Conferences & Professional Development

Ross representatives and students also attend conferences that seek to address issues of underrepresentation in business, such as:

We encourage you to visit the Diversity Matters at Michigan website, which serves as a comprehensive portal to diversity resources at the University of Michigan.