On Friday, November 18th, Booth welcomed over 50 prospective students to our fall Diversity Day recruiting event. The event was organized by the Campus Community Affinity Admissions Fellows representing four of Booth’s student groups: The African-American MBA Association (AAMBAA), the Hispanic-American Business Students Association (HABSA), the OUTreach LGBTQ group, and the Armed Forces Group (AFG). Affinity Fellows included Zachary White, Allison Miller, John Frame, and Katie Wurzbach from each of the groups respectively and all members of the class of 2017.
The day kicked off with a breakfast meet-and-greet between current students and prospective students, followed by an introduction from Associate Dean of Full-Time Admissions and Director of Marketing for Chicago Booth, Kurt Alm, who spoke of Booth’s differentiating qualities, emphasizing the unique ability for Booth students to forge their individual paths steeped in inquiry, insight, and impact.
Adjunct Associate Professor of Behavioral Science and Executive Director of the Center for Decision Research, Heather Caruso, followed Dean Alm with a talk about breaking down cultural divisions that might exist among people in social and professional settings, an abbreviation of her research at the CDR and experienced by students in the popular Power and Influence in Organizations course. The talk was followed by a discussion with attendees where Professor Caruso answered poignant questions about communication barriers and cultural differences that sometimes cause problems in the workplace and hinder productivity. To bridge these divides, one must be willing to truly listen to and understand others’ perspectives, she said.
After, prospective students were treated to a campus tour and a free-flow career-focused lunch where they got a chance to speak with second-year students about internship and full-time recruiting. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive with guests complimenting the presence of Booth students throughout the day. Indeed, the day was yet another testament to Booth’s “pay it forward” culture, with the bulk of the programming organized and executed by current students.
The day ended with a series of panel discussions centered on career exploration and diversity at Booth. Associate Dean of Career Services and Corporate Relations, Julie Morton, spoke of the resources that Booth students have at their fingertips, and the relationships established across classes and between students and Career Services staff, while second-years shared their experiences via a panel discussion. Affinity group leaders spoke to guests in-depth about how their groups contribute to the Booth culture and maintain a closeness that is characteristic of the Booth experience with Jessica Jaggers, Director of Diversity Affairs, moderating a candid discussion.
The day ended at the LPF happy hour hosted by the Media, Entertainment, and Sports Group (MESG). Feedback from the event showed that attendees were impressed with the day’s schedule and were much more inclined to apply to the MBA program. The event’s success has made the Admissions team excited about hosting the event next year with some small changes to enrich the experience. The day was an overwhelming step forward in Booth’s mission to attract even more top diverse talent and continue to improve diversity on all levels in the full-time program.
John is honored to have been a part of the planning process and execution of this event.