University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business

Berkeley-Haas

Diversity at Haas

Eric Abrams
Director of Diversity Initiatives

Throughout a distinguished career, Eric Abrams has gained a national reputation as a gifted administrator and outstanding public speaker who consistently places the needs of students first and foremost.

Born in Berkeley, Abrams spent his childhood in the Bay Area and Chicago before matriculating at Stanford. There, he majored in political science and drama and served in the Student Senate. He also acted in and directed several student theatrical productions.

As a graduate student in Political Science at UCLA, he was elected secretary of the Black Graduate Student Association.

His career has spanned a number of settings. During his tenure as Director of Admission at Pitzer College, the school achieved three historical firsts: its largest applicant pool the highest mean GPA and SAT scores for an entering class, and its most ethnically diverse entering class. At Berkeley Law, Abrams joined a team that increased enrollment of students from traditionally underrepresented groups by more than 600%.

In two stints in the Stanford MBA Admission Office, Abrams led efforts that helped that institution become the most ethnically diverse among the nation's highly selective MBA programs. He also served as an academic advisor to undergraduate students and was a Resident Fellow in an undergraduate residence.

In his more recent role as Assistant Dean for Diversity Outreach in Stanford's Office of Undergraduate Admission Abrams supervised a team charged with enhancing the diversity of the Stanford undergraduate population. From 2009 to 2011 more than 55% of the undergraduates matriculating at Stanford were students of color, and the last three entering classes have included upwards of 15% who describe themselves as first-generation college students.