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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 Diversity Initiatives Coordinator, Veteran Outreach Coordinator or Senior Associate Director for MBA Admissions.

Kelsey Ingram’s decision to apply to the Foster Full-time MBA Program was driven by a desire to explore new career opportunities. 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.

Foster Veterans Association
The FVA supports and advocates for Foster MBA students who have served, or are currently serving in the armed forces of their respective countries. It helps veterans translate their unique and extraordinary experiences into meaningful careers.


FOSTERing MBA Access Event Series

Increasing Opportunities for Underrepresented Communities
FOSTERing MBA Access is a biannual series of events dedicated to increasing awareness and access to MBA-level education in underrepresented communities. The original FOSTERing MBA Access event was started in the spring of 2014 by two full-time MBA student leaders who wanted to do something about the lack of underrepresented groups in the classroom. The initial bi-annual events featured an evening of honest and open discussion with Foster MBA students and alumni, business leaders and Foster MBA staff/faculty. In November of 2017, Foster launched its first two-day FOSTERing MBA Access prospective student visit event, including the first corporate trek to several companies in the Seattle-area. Over the course of 2 days, the candidates participated in an MBA class simulation, received customized advising from MBA Career Management, attended a professional development workshop, networked at a reception with current students and alumni, and visited Alvarez & Marsal, Microsoft, Bunker Labs and CoMotion. Read more about the event.

SAVE THE DATE for our Fall FOSTERing MBA Access event on November 15-16, 2018.

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.

Service Academy Career Conference (San Diego and Washington, D.C.)

Exclusively for service academy alumni, the SACC is administered and supported by the Alumni Associations and Association of Graduates of the U.S. Military, Naval, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine Academies. We look forward to having in-depth conversations with you to explore opportunities you might find at our top-ranked program.

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

Management Leadership for Tomorrow
The Foster School is proud to be a Premiere Partner with the national non-profit group, Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT). MLT equips underrepresented students with the skills, coaching and connections they need to lead organizations and communities worldwide. They have given rise to a powerful professional network of champions – peers, mentors and senior leaders – who are catalysts for a diverse, equitable and thriving America.

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. Connect with top MBA program representatives at Forte Forums in cities across the U.S. and beyond.

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.

Veteran’s MBA Conference
The Veterans MBA Conference connects top-ranked universities with employers who value their elite academic credentials, military leadership abilities, and limitless career potential. Foster MBA Career Management attends annually to support students. In 2016, after just one full week of school, MBA Vets received internships at General Motors, Dell, and Eli Lilly.

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.

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.

Latino Scholars Graduate School Fellowship
In 2013, a group of engaged, committed UW faculty, civic and business leaders joined together to establish the Latino Scholars Graduate School Fellowship to provide financial assistance to students who have a demonstrated commitment to Latino communities. The Latino Scholars Graduate School Fellowship is a one-time award of $1,000.

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.

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

National Black MBA Association Graduate Scholarship
The National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) offers scholarships to academically excellent African-American graduate students who are exceptional leaders. This organization supports scholars who are seeking a professional path that includes working in business, public, private, and non-profit sectors. NBMBAA is committed to enriching personal and professional experiences, investing in the leaders of tomorrow, and driving impact in local communities.

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.

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

The Tillman Scholarship
The Tillman Scholars program supports our nation’s active-duty service members, veterans and military spouses by investing in their higher education. Since the program’s inception, the Foundation has named over 400 Tillman Scholars at more than 100 institutions nationwide.

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.

University of Washington Alumni Association Multicultural Alumni Partnership Scholarship
The University of Washington Alumni Association (UWAA) Multicultural Alumni Partnership (MAP) awards scholarships to deserving University of Washington students who need financial assistance to assist with their progress toward a degree at the UW. Continuing full-time graduate students with at least one quarter of studies can apply for this scholarship. Applicants must have filled out the FAFSA to demonstrate need.

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.

Yellow Ribbon Program
As of Veterans Day 2015, a veteran, their dependent, or the orphan or a veteran who died on active duty will have full tuition and fees paid at any public school in the U.S. using the Post-9/11 GI Bill, regardless of their state residency status. Therefore, the Yellow Ribbon Program is not needed for UW programs.

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

megan-lewisMegan Lewis
Sr. Associate Director, MBA Admissions

gossett-hJamie Young
Diversity Initiatives Coordinator
Class of 2018