CA: Embracing Diversity is a full week of programming that’s geared toward celebrating the diversity of the Anderson community. Just as important, it gets the Anderson community talking about EDI topics that impact people’s careers and industries.
From Monday through Thursday, different clubs and centers hold events that include panels, one-on-one discussions and fireside chats. For example, Anderson’s academic centers of excellence are coming together to host a panel on the role of EDI in creating new levels of enterprise innovation. The Women’s Business Connection is organizing a panel on women in leadership roles and what happens after they break the glass ceiling.
On Friday, we have the Embracing Diversity Conference, which is a full day of programming. While it is open to the entire Anderson community, it is also a chance for us to showcase Anderson’s culture to prospective students. We hold different sessions with the MBA programs, MFE and MSBA to discuss EDI through various lenses.
Vickie Euyoque: It was created as an annual diversity conference to increase the pipeline of diverse applicants. Although we initially focused on the full-time MBA program, eventually we brought in the Fully Employed MBA program to expand the reach to students who were interested in a part-time MBA.
We went through a couple of different variations, but our focus always remained the same: to provide prospective students with the opportunity to learn about how UCLA Anderson can support them in their MBA journey, while experiencing our diverse and inclusive culture; to help them envision themselves as part of the Anderson community.
We From the beginning, we worked very closely with a student committee, as EDW the conference was meant for admission purposes. But we were always thinking, how could we make it an expanded conference that could speak to more students?
When Dean Caruso arrived, that was the first year that we started exploring how the conference could become EDW. Twenty-nineteen was the first year that we expanded to a weeklong EDW. This was the perfect way to involve more students, have different clubs put on their own events and present more of an overall community engagement week for everyone. In 2021, EDW has expanded with the participation of the Executive MBA program, Master of Science in Business Analytics and Master of Financial Engineering.