Our Inclusive Community

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Our Inclusive Community

 

OUR COMMITMENT TO INCLUSION

The Tepper School’s inclusive community is grounded in our commitment to provide an environment that supports, respects and values our students, faculty and staff. We value each individual and acknowledge intersectionality across the various dimensions of identity – who you are and how you define yourself. We strive to build an environment in which people can engage in and learn from each others’ differences and perspectives. We aspire to create and maintain a community that is the best place to study, work and teach, where innovative ideas and community flourish.

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Colleen McMullen

Executive Director
Community and Inclusion

Culture. Perspective. Ethnicity. Gender. Lifestyle. Experience. Identity. These characteristics, when valued and respected, create an inclusive community that benefits the success of all.

The Tepper School leadership team, students, faculty and staff place a high value on creating, growing and maintaining an inclusive and tight-knit community. We view diversity as more than a goal or good intention. We have the mindset that our differences help inspire greatness.

As one of the smallest top 20 business schools, a flourishing community is both our strength and our obligation. We are committed to Carnegie Mellon’s mission to cultivate a welcoming culture, improve programs, recruit and retain world-class talent and become a leader and champion of best practices.

Through our programs and student initiatives, campus-wide resources, executive education programs, alumni network and affiliations, we are committed to providing a diverse and inclusive community for all. 


Programs and Student Initiatives


Each academic program at the Tepper School offers a rich intellectual environment that transforms students into thought leaders who recognize the value of an inclusive community both in and outside of the classroom. Many of our students advocate for inclusion by creating committees and student clubs, and by working with the school’s leadership to directly advance our community.

Undergraduate Inclusion Initiatives & Alliances

  • The Tepper Community Conversations Committee, comprised of undergraduate students, staff and faculty members, identifies opportunities for meaningful engagement between faculty, students and the school’s leadership team.
  • Undergraduate business student clubs also provide opportunities for students to get involved in leadership and community positions.

MBA Inclusion Initiatives & Alliances

  • The Tepper School partners with a number of national inclusion organizations that support the student experience for several affinity groups and their professional development, including the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management and the Forté Foundation.
  • MBA affinity student clubs, such as the Black Business Association, Out&Allied, the Tepper Veterans Club, the International Business and Advisory Club and the Tepper Women in Business Club, offer opportunities for students to connect and expand their networks while also providing a platform to share different perspectives with their classmates.
  • The Graduate Business Association’s Diversity Committee addresses challenges faced by MBA students. Heading up this committee is a student-elected diversity and inclusion officer, a position that rotates among students annually.

Doctoral Inclusion Initiatives & Alliances

  • The Tepper School is a long-standing partner and active participant of the Ph.D. Project, which is the only national organization committing its efforts to increase faculty diversity in business schools.

Carnegie Mellon Campus Resources


Diversity and inclusion are top priorities for Carnegie Mellon, as outlined by the 2025 strategic plan. Through academics, recruitment, campus activities and local and national resources, Carnegie Mellon is committed to creating an atmosphere that cultivates a sense of community while embracing individuality.


Executive Education Programs


The Tepper School offers open enrollment and custom executive education programs that address today’s business challenges, from international business management to leadership programs designed specifically for women. Example executive education programs include:


Alumni Network


The result of our close-knit community is a global network of alumni more than 15,000 strong. The strength of our community lasts far beyond graduation. Affinity alumni networks include: