Embracing Diversity

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Embracing Diversity Conference

An annual forum of inclusivity for UCLA Anderson’s prospective students

Join us for an elevated conversation about intersecting identities. During this annual two-day forum, UCLA Anderson invests in its future student body and celebrates its continued vibrance, equity, diversity and inclusion.

Experience firsthand how UCLA Anderson empowers the next generation of leaders.

November 20-21, 2020 

From the Assistant Dean, MBA Admissions and Financial Aid, Alex Lawrence ('99)

We welcome you to join us for our upcoming Embracing Diversity event at UCLA Anderson, November 2020. This event will provide you with the opportunity to experience UCLA Anderson up front and learn what makes our MBA programs a top choice for students from around the world.

You will gain an insider's perspective on UCLA Anderson as you engage in thought-provoking conversations, interact with alumni and current students, learn about career opportunities post-graduation, and experience the inclusive and collaborative Anderson community. You'll discover a learning environment informed by academic, professional, geographic and cultural student diversity - a balanced community built upon respect.

By attending the conference, you will:

  • Experience UCLA Anderson’s commitment to cultivate a diverse and inclusive environment for all students
  • Hear from world-class speakers and participate in thought-provoking discussions around today’s most pressing issues in business
  • Learn about what makes our full-time MBA and fully-employed MBA programs top choices for our students
  • Gain valuable insight on how to position yourself as a leading candidate for admission
  • Build lasting connections with current students, alumni, staff, faculty, and peers

If you have questions, please contact the conference representative with your program of interest:

Welcome from Gaelen LeMelle-Brown ('21), VP of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Anderson Student Association

On behalf of the Embracing Diversity Team, I am elated for you to join us to learn more about UCLA Anderson and our dedication to promoting a more inclusive community. Embracing Diversity is our year-round discussion series that showcases the engagement of our diverse community as we all look to build an environment where each individual’s voice is recognized and appreciated. Embracing Diversity Week (EDW) is an annual culmination of our efforts, featuring speakers from across various industries, renowned for their commitment to the same work. 

2020 has been quite the year. Several events of the past 12 months have forced us to be exceptionally distant in more ways than one. With the theme “Connect for Real Change”, our conference will focus on how we can continue to foster strong connections (both virtual and personal) in the face of these unprecedented obstacles.

This is UCLA Anderson’s first ever fully-virtual conference, so you can tune in and participate from wherever is most comfortable for you. Hope to see you there!

Friday, November 20
Gather with prospective students, current students and alumni for engaging discussions and workshops designed to:
  • Highlight the experiences of students and alumni from underrepresented backgrounds
  • Develop social tools to confront everyday challenges of race, class, ability, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality and other identity markers
  • Introduce a safe environment that challenges stereotypes and biases, forms allies and builds community

Saturday, November 21
Gain insight into the admissions process and continue engaging with the Anderson community:
  • Hear from the Assistant Dean
  • Learn about our program resources 
  • Network with current students and alumni
  • Meet the student leaders who represent UCLA Anderson's inclusive clubs, including:
    • Anderson Latino Management Association (ALMA)
    • Black Business Students Association (BBSA)
    • Out@Anderson


The online application includes a short questionnaire, submission of your resume, and response to an essay prompt.

Review Timeline

Applicants who submit a completed application by the early deadline of October 2, 2020 will receive a decision email on October 9, 2020

Applicants who submit an application after October 22020 will receive a decision email within three weeks of submitting an application. The final date to submit an application is November 16, 2020 at 8pm PST.  

Applications will be reviewed in order of receipt and space is limited, so early submissions are encouraged.

Who should apply?


Prospective applicants interested in the full-time MBA or FEMBA program who are preparing to apply within the next two years and are interested in connecting with students and alumni from the clubs co-sponsoring the conference.


How many applicants will be selected to participate in the conference?


Approximately 200 applicants will be selected to participate in the conference.


Can I apply after the deadline?


Yes, you may apply after the deadline. Once we have reviewed all applications submitted by the deadline we will review late submissions.


When will participants be notified that they have been selected to attend the conference?


Applicants who submit an application by October 2, 2020 will receive a decision via email on October 9, 2020. Applicants who submit an application after October 2, 2020 will receive a decision via email within three weeks of submitting their application. The final date to submit an application is November 1, 2020.


Is there a cost associated with participating in the conference?


No, prospective MBA applicants do not have to pay a conference fee to participate in the conference. 


If selected to participate, do I have to attend the full conference?


The conference is structured with the expectation that selected participants will attend all scheduled events on Friday, November 20th, and Saturday, November 21st. If you are selected to attend the conference, please plan to be available for both days of the conference.


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