The Consortium welcomes Foster into its prestigious partnership in promoting diversity

In July, the Foster School of Business will become the 20th university to join The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, a prestigious partnership of top-ranked MBA programs and blue-chip companies dedicated to promoting greater diversity and inclusion in business education and, ultimately, corporate leadership.

“It’s been clear from the start that Foster would be a strong, enthusiastic and energetic partner in furthering our mission,” said Peter J. Aranda III, The Consortium’s executive director and CEO. “We’re eager to begin working with Dean Jim Jiambalvo and the rest of his team.”

The Foster School has woven a commitment to diversity and inclusion into its academic programs, the student experience and its community relationships through formal programming, student clubs and activities, scholarships and internships.

“We’re excited to extend our work in diversity, equity, and inclusion through membership in The Consortium,” said Jiambalvo. “Our membership provides an opportunity to live values fundamental to the Foster School and the University of Washington, namely that commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion in America’s classrooms and boardrooms make for resilient thinkers who have the power to lead and inspire the world toward better outcomes for all.”

Founded in 1966, The Consortium works to increase the ranks of promising African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans at an exclusive list of graduate management programs that includes UC-Berkeley (Haas), Michigan (Ross), Dartmouth (Tuck), Yale, NYU (Stern), Virginia (Darden), Cornell (Johnson), UCLA (Anderson), Carnegie Mellon (Tepper), Texas (McCombs), Emory (Goizeta), USC (Marshall) and, now, UW Foster.

To serve this mission, The Consortium annually awards hundreds of merit-based, full-tuition fellowships to promising leaders, as well as membership in a global network of more than 9,000 diversity-minded alumni, member school representatives and corporate partners. And those 75 partnering firms—Google, General Mills, 3M, Johnson & Johnson to name a few—gain early access to a top-flight, diverse pool of talent.

“Joining The Consortium moves Foster into serious consideration for the nation’s most outstanding prospective students who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in their communities,” says Melissa Uyesugi, associate director of Diversity & Inclusion with the Foster MBA Program.

The Consortium will begin recruiting prospective MBA students for Foster this coming fall for admission in 2019.