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Diversity Resources

The Foster MBA Program is committed to increasing the enrollment of underrepresented minority, LBGTQ, women, and veteran students and supporting them once enrolled to become the business leaders of tomorrow. If you would like to speak with students or staff about diversity at Foster, you are welcome to contact our Evening MBA Student Ambassadors or Kara Fichthorn, director for Evening MBA Student Affairs.


Kevan Brown sees pursuing an MBA at the Foster School as a way to develop business knowledge and skills and tap into Foster’s extensive alumni network, but also as a way to realize his potential as a leader. Watch the video to learn more.

Learn about the resources and events for prospective and current Foster MBA students by clicking on each heading.

Diversity in Business
DiB hosts proprietary events, such as networking & speaker panels with diverse entrepreneurs and corporate diversity program professionals, as well as raises awareness among the Foster community of existing events and networking opportunities.

Women In Business
WiB’s mission is to nurture the personal and professional development of Foster women MBA students, with a specific focus on growing women into leadership positions and increasing visibility in the community.

Out in Business (AKA The Jodie Fosters)
The UW Foster MBA Out In Business Club (unofficially the “Jodie Fosters”) works with allies to promote inclusion and diversity in the Foster program. They also partner with local business and business organizations to offer networking opportunities in the community for our members.

Picture of speaker panel at Fostering MBA Access event

FOSTERing MBA Access Event Series

Increasing Opportunities for Underrepresented Communities
Discover why professionals from underrepresented communities (people of color, LGBTQ, women, and veterans) decided to pursue an MBA and how it has helped enhance their careers. It is an evening of honest and open discussion with Foster MBA alumni business leaders, Foster MBA Administrators, and current underrepresented Foster MBA students.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Bank of America Executive Center (4th Floor)
UW Seattle Campus

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FOSTERing MBA Access: A biannual series of events dedicated to increase awareness and access to MBA-level education in underrepresented communities.

Prospective Student Program (5:00-7:30pm)
5:00-5:15 Registration
5:15-5:30 Q&A with MBA Admissions
5:30-6:15 The Foster MBA Experience: Current Students and Alumni Panel
6:15-6:30 Break
6:30-7:00 Keynote – Michael Ford, Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion, The Boeing Company
7:00-7:30 Open Networking
Foster Community & Allies/Friends Program (5:30-7:30pm)
5:30-5:45 Registration
5:45-6:15 Mix & Mingle with Current Students and Alumni (Seminar Room)
6:15-6:30 Transition to Douglas Forum
6:30-7:00 Keynote – Michael Ford, Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion, The Boeing Company
7:00-7:30 Open Networking

The Foster MBA Program hosts, supports, and participates in various events to promote diversity.

At Foster

Foster Communities Online Event Series

These events are hosted by current students who are members of our Diversity in Business, Out of Business, Women in Business, and Foster Veterans Association clubs. At these panel sessions with Q&A, you’ll get to know the stories of our students and have the opportunity to ask questions about their experience in the Foster MBA program. Sign up on the Admissions Events page.

Experience Foster Event Series

While the formats for these events differ slightly, they all offer the opportunity visit campus, meet members of the Foster community and gain insight on the student experience. The visit might include a class visit or mock class, a talk from the Associate Dean of Masters Programs, networking with current students or alumni, or a special visit from a local chapter of a professional association or affinity group focused on promoting minorities in business. Sign up on the Admissions Events page.

On the Road

Diversity MBA Admissions Conference

Hosted by the Riordan Programs Alumni Association, the Diversity MBA Admissions Conference is an annual event in Los Angeles that connects talented diverse, underrepresented, and underserved candidates who wish to pursue a degree in business with admissions directors at top-tier business schools. The conference has continually helped connect and place participants with top-tier MBA programs.

Forté Forums

Forté Forums are designed for standout women considering an MBA—whether you’re a high-achiever looking to change careers, a college student planning for the future, or a professional ready to take your career to the next level. They take place from August through October in various cities across the U.S., Canada, and the UK.

Reaching Out MBA: MBA Admissions Fair

The Reaching Out MBA: MBA Admissions Fair is targeted at LGBT individuals considering applying to business school and happens in conjunction with the annual ROMBA Conference which takes place each autumn. Attendees benefit from panels, coffee chats with admissions officers and students, and the LGBT MBA Admissions fair which hosts top-ranked MBA programs.

Student Membership for Foster MBA students in these and many other professional organizations may be sponsored by MBA Career Management.

Forté Foundation
The Forté Foundation is a non-profit consortium of leading companies and top business schools working together to launch women into fulfilling, significant careers through access to business education, opportunities, and a community of successful women. As a Forté Foundation member school, Foster offers Forté Fellowships and exclusive access to the full range of Forté resources.

National Association of Women MBAs Seattle
The National Association of Women MBAs is dedicated to propelling women MBA students and professionals into leadership positions in business

National Black MBA Association Seattle
The Seattle Black MBA Chapter are a group of professionals dedicated to advancing their careers, enriching their personal and professional experience, investing in the leaders of tomorrow, and driving impact in the black community.

Prospanica Seattle (Formerly the National Society of Hispanic MBAs)
NSHMBA Seattle is dedicated to increasing Hispanic leadership in the Pacific Northwest through graduate management education, professional development, recruiting, and networking.

Reaching Out MBA
Reaching Out MBA is expanding to inspire, connect and educate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender MBA business students to build a network for future LGBT business leaders of tomorrow.

Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance – Seattle
The Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance aims to enable women in all accounting and related fields to achieve their full personal, professional, and economic potential and to contribute to the future development of the profession. Scholarships are open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

African American Heritage Endowed MBA Scholarship
This fund awards an annual scholarship to an African American student at the Foster School of Business. The recipient partners with the Consulting and Business Development Center to provide consulting to an African American owned business in the Seattle area.

The American Association of University Women
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since its founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day—educational, social, economic, and political.

American Business Women’s Association
The Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund exists to provide educational grants and scholarships to women pursuing post secondary educational goals as well as ongoing professional development in order to support their career advancement and to help them become the role models, mentors and leaders of the future.

American Indian Endowed Scholarship Program
The American Indian Endowed Scholarship program helps financially needy students, with close ties to a Native American community, pursue undergraduate and graduate studies.

Association of Women in International Trade
WIIT’s mission is to offer a broad range of programs pertaining to both policy and technical aspects of trade, encouraging employment (particularly of women) in international trade, and promoting common cause and social activities among individuals employed in international trade.

The Ernest I.J. Aguilar Endowed MBA Scholarship
Named after the founder of the Washington State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, this scholarship was established as a partnership between the Latino community and the University of Washington. Recipients of this scholarship are required to spend 100 hours working with a Latino business owner from an under-served community in Eastern Washington.

Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP)
As a unit of the UW Graduate School, the Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) is committed to serving the needs of students of color and students from other underrepresented groups, while simultaneously fostering an educational and social environment in which all students can learn and develop through experiences rich in cultural, ethnic, and racial diversity. GO-MAP offers funding through fellowships and awards.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
As the nation’s largest provider of college financial aid to Latino students, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers a diverse range of scholarship programs.

The Lagrant Foundation
TLF provides scholarships, career development workshops, professional development, mentors and internships to African American/Black, American Indian/Native American, Asian American/Pacific Islander and Hispanic/Latino undergraduate and graduate students in the advertising, marketing and public relations fields.

The Judith M. Runstad Wells Fargo Washington Women’s Roundtable Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to one woman each year who is aiming to advance their career in technology, innovation, business, engineering, health, and/or real estate. You must be entering into or currently enrolled in an eligible graduate-level or continuing education program at the University of Washington and show a commitment to the community. The scholarship is awarded in the amount of $4,000-$6,500. This scholarship is now open! The deadline is February 13th, 2017.

Military MBA Scholarships
Military MBA is an education network for military officers and NCOs who are interested in obtaining and applying their MBA graduate degrees for career advancement.

National Black MBA Association Seattle
The Seattle Black MBA Chapter are a group of professionals dedicated to advancing their careers, enriching their personal and professional experience, investing in the leaders of tomorrow, and driving impact in the black community.

National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development Scholarship Program
The NCAIED is a scholarship program for Native American students majoring in Business.

National Society of Hispanic MBAs Scholarship Program
The mission of NSHMBA is to increase the number of Hispanics graduating from master’s business degree programs through scholarships, professional development, and mentorship.

The Point Foundation
Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them–to make a significant impact on society.

The Pride Foundation Scholarships
Pride Foundation provides post-secondary educational scholarships to current and future leaders in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ), and straight ally community from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

Puget Sound Business Journal’s Women of Influence – Lytle Enterprises Scholarship Fund
The Puget Sound Business Journal and Chuck and Karen Lytle have joined forces to create the Puget Sound Business Journal’s Women of Influence–Lytle Enterprises Scholarship Fund. To be a Woman of Influence, one must be an accomplished leader in business and in the community as well as a mentor to other women. Applications are due March 25. Download the application here.

The Seattle Foundation Scholarships
The Seattle Foundation holds more than 40 scholarship funds for students from a wide variety of backgrounds.

The United Negro College Fund
UNCF plays a critical role in enabling more than 60,000 students each year to attend college and get the education they need. UNCF has awarded 10,000 scholarships and internships and funded 400 programs for students from low- and moderate-income families to attend more than 900 colleges and universities across the country.

Washington State Business and Professional Women
Washington State Business and Professional Women strives to promote economic self-sufficiency for all women in the workplace. To accomplish this, they provide personal development programs, workshops, networking, and friendship to help women realize their goals.

As a whole, the UW is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and staff, and strongly encourages student applications from underrepresented minorities.

uyesugi-melissaMelissa Uyesugi
Associate Director, Diversity & Inclusion
206-685-7771
muyesugi@uw.edu
 
 

megan-lewisMegan Lewis
Sr. Associate Director, MBA Admissions
206-221-1442
lewismr@uw.edu
 
 

gossett-hHouston Gossett
Diversity Initiatives Coordinator
Class of 2018
hgossett@uw.edu