MBA Admissions Diversity Liaisons

These MBA students and inclusion organizations fellows are leaders in our continuous effort to cultivate a diverse and inclusive community at the Tepper School.

Get to know some of our Tepper MBA students who are affiliated with various national MBA inclusion organizations. Contact them to learn more about support they received through these organizations; they are happy to share with you! 

The Consortium: Elevating U.S. Underrepresented Minorities in Business Education

The Tepper School is a member of The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, an alliance of graduate business schools and corporate partners dedicated to promoting the inclusion of African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans in business. 

Lauren D

Lauren D'Souza, MBA '18

Involvement: Marketing Club, Graduate Entrepreneurship Club,CMU Hyperloop, STARS: Students at Tepper for Astronautics, Rockets & Space

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What Is Your Proudest Achievement at Tepper? 

Last February, I organized a pod reveal for CMU Hyperloop. We had planned for 200 people to attend, and we ended up getting over 300+ attendees (on a Sunday night, too)! From time to time, prospective students still ask if I'm "the Hyperloop girl," which is really rewarding.

Jassum Gloster

Jassum Gloster, MBA '18

Concentrations: Strategy, marketing, business technologies, organizational behavior

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What Is Your Proudest Achievement at Tepper? 

I have had many proud moments at the Tepper School, but one moment that impacted the whole school was kicking off the first Diversity and Digital Marketing case competition. As program manager, I was able to assemble groups of MBA students to propose new diversity-focused marketing campaigns to the Tepper marketing department. The marketing department implemented several of campaigns proposed by each team.

Francisco Luna

Francisco Luna, MBA '18

Internship: Client solutions manager, Facebook
Concentrations: Marketing, finance, business technologies


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Why Did You Choose the Tepper School?

I chose the Tepper School because of the small class size and the well-rounded nature of the program. My goal is to be equally strong in the quantitative and qualitative aspects of leadership and felt that Tepper would be the best place for me to grow into the next stage of my career.


Forté Foundation: Because Women Belong in Business

The Tepper School is a proud partner of the Forté Foundation, a consortium of major corporations, top business schools and nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to substantially increasing the number of women in business.

Gayle Caldero

Gayle Calderon, MBA '18

Prior jobs: AmeriCorps and nonprofit leadership
Brand management intern, PPG


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Why Did You Choose the Tepper School?

I chose the Tepper School because I wanted to go to a school that would push me quantitatively. Additionally, I wanted to grow from interactions with peers who have very different work experience from my own.


Jocelyn Melchor

Jocelyn Melchor, MBA '18

Involvement: Tepper Women in Business, Operations Management Club, Black Business Association


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What is the Greatest Benefit of Forté & Consortium?

The greatest benefit of Forté and Consortium has been the network I have developed not only with my Tepper School classmates who are also fellows, but also with the other member schools. I remain in touch with several of the people I have met at conferences, and it is nice to have contacts at other top MBA programs.

Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA): Empowering LGBT Students to Make an Impact in Business

Reaching Out MBA focuses on educating, inspiring and connecting the students and alumni LGBTQ MBA and graduate communities in an ongoing effort to create the next generation of business leaders. The Reaching Out annual conference of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer graduate business school students is the largest gathering of LGBTQ business students in the world.

Michael Bernardi

Mike Bernardi, MBA '18

Internship:Product management at Vmware, Inc.
Favorite Tepper moment: Japan trek

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Why Did You Choose the Tepper School?

I chose the Tepper School for the small class size and inherently collaborative nature of the program. Further, I was attracted to the strength of Out&Allied's presence and knew I could be my most authentic self at Tepper.

Derek Jackman

Derek Jackman, MBA '18

Involvement: Out&Allied, Consulting Club, Tepper United, Tepper Women in Business


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What Is the Greatest Benefit of Reaching Out MBA?

The greatest benefit of ROMBA is the network of future leaders you become part of. Members of the organization share a common bond and seek to work toward advancing LGBTQ representation in the business world. Being part of ROMBA will benefit not only your near-term career goals, but also serves as an exchange of ideas and a source of inspiration.