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Fostering Diversity

Welcome to our Foster Community!

Whether you are a prospective or current student, faculty member or staff member, an alumni, or a corporate or community partner, we hope that you will find the Foster School a welcoming place where you are challenged to learn and grow as a part of an inclusive and diverse community.

A community where all members feel seen, heard and supported and everyone experiences a sense of belonging. A community that strives to incorporate inclusion, diversity, and equity perspectives into every decision we make.

On this page, you’ll find information on our DEI journey — our history, what we are currently doing, and what we are challenging ourselves to achieve in the future. We hope that you will join us on our journey.

Frank Hodge & Michelle Purnell-HepburnOrin & Janet Smith Dean, Associate Dean for Inclusion and Diversity


Find Your Community

Explore the various clubs and organizations at Foster working to help us grow and learn together

The Foster School is committed to building a diverse community of students, faculty and staff. Explore the various clubs and organizations that exist within our community to help us grow and learn together.

Community Reports

At Foster, we are committed to measuring our progress in creating a diverse and welcoming community, and in being transparent about the results of those efforts.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources 

Explore our DEI glossary and our dynamic resources lists

Fostering Inclusion and Diversity Fund

Supporting DEI initiatives for Foster students, staff, and faculty, and beyond

A powerful signal to our community about our commitment to diversity and inclusion as a strategic priority for the school, this new fund supports Foster DEI efforts including diversifying faculty, creating belonging within our community, and increasing access. Learn more.

Race, Culture, and Business

MBA Immersion to the American South

This course is open to Full-time and Evening MBA students and explores race in America. It will challenge your understanding of the roles of business in both perpetuating inequity and effecting change. Offered annually. Learn more.


Diversity, equity, and inclusion stories from the Foster Blog

Learn more about events, news, and the people who work together to contribute to our community.

Contact Us

Get in Touch with the Foster DEI Team.
We are eager to meet you and hear about how we can work together to Foster a diverse and inclusive future. Please reach out to say hello, ask a question, or share your experience with us.

Michelle Purnell-Hepburn

Associate Dean for Inclusion and Diversity
[email protected] | 206-221-1974