History

Diversity at Haas

History of Diversity at Haas

We embrace diversity as a source of strength and innovation and as an opportunity for growth. Our history of diversity is part of our path to the future. Here's a look at where we've come and what we're doing to set an inclusive course for the future:

1898

Cora Jane Flood endowed the School of Commerce, intended to attract "students of every race . . . the Occident and the Orient, the past and the present, will here commingle their culture . . ."

1905

Mary Jane Dickson was the first woman graduate of the College of Commerce.

1922

Carrie Virginia Maclay became the first woman to hold a teaching fellow position on the Berkeley campus while still a PhD student. One of her teachers was Economics Professor Jessica Peixotto, the school's first female instructor.

1929

Catherine DeMotte Greene earned the college's first master's degree with a specialization in accounting and later became its first female tenure-track faculty member.

1942

Women earned 13% of the Bachelor of Science degrees bestowed by the School of Commerce.

1950s

Saw the incorporation of a more diverse curriculum, including courses in the social sciences and classes relying on the newfangled field of information science.

1960s

Students in the School of Business surveyed major Bay Area businesses to see where they stood on the Vietnam War as the free speech movement, anti-war protests, and a rising social consciousness swept across the Cal campus.

1984

Dean Miles challenged alumni to generate summer internship opportunities for every minority MBA student. It worked. In 1985, the school had the highest overall percentage of MBA minority enrollment among the 10 schools in the Council for Opportunities in Graduate Management Education.

1990

the East Bay Outreach Project was founded to strengthen the relationship between the Haas School of Business and nearby economically disadvantaged communities. It matched students with local minority business owners, aspiring business owners, and teens eager to learn basic business skills.

1994

Berkeley-Haas joined the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, an alliance of graduate business schools promoting the enrollment of minority applicants. In 2003, the school had to withdraw to due to California laws banning affirmative action in public higher education.

2006

Students from 37 countries outside the U.S. made up 31% of the MBA enrollment. They contributed their own cultures and experiences to the classroom and the community.

2010

Berkeley-Haas rejoined the Consortium, thanks to a change in its mission that recognizes one does not have to be a member of a traditionally underrepresented group to foster diversity in the workplace.

2012

Berkeley-Haas hosted the first UC Summer Institute for Emerging Managers and Leaders (SIEML), for undergraduates at historically black colleges and universities and Hispanic-serving institutions, and founded the Haas Alumni Diversity Council.

2014

Record-setting enrollment of 43% women and 43% international students from 38 countries. Winner of the Consortium's T.E.A.M. Trophy.

2015

Friend Factor ranks Berkeley-Haas #2 in the LGBT MBA Ally Challenge.

2015

Conrad Miller, the school's first tenure-track Black professor is hired and we enroll 31 Consortium Fellows, representing more than 10% of the class of 2017.

2016

Berkeley-Haas Inclusion Advisor Eric Abrams co-founds the Association of Business School Diversity and Inclusion Officers, bringing together members from 17 schools that see diversity and inclusion as central to their mission.