USC Marshall is proud of our efforts to foster a diverse, inclusive and equitable learning community. Consistent with our longstanding commitment to preparing global leaders with the vital knowledge, skills and tools to engage in a diverse and dynamic workplace, we continue to promote and support myriad strategies including partnerships, events, activities and student clubs.

This year, building on existing efforts, we appointed Dr. Sharoni Little as associate dean and chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer. Joined by assistant deans Dr. Smrity Randhawa and Debra Langford, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will advance our efforts to ensure a welcoming and engaging educational environment in a community of diverse faculty, staff and students. This culture of inclusion is paramount to the success of everyone at USC Marshall and helps empower our graduating students to think critically, to engage with diverse teams collaboratively and to remain open to new ideas and perspectives as they prepare to become part of a vibrant global economy.

At USC Marshall, we believe that successful strategies and solutions to business problems depend on cultivating leadership attributes such as emotional and cultural intelligence and interpersonal communication, as well as on having access to the widest range of ideas, opinions and experiences. For instance, by seeking a diverse pool of doctoral students, we are helping redefine the academic business community of the 21st century. Our efforts include participation in statewide and national programs like the Ph.D. Project, which since 1994 has more than tripled the number of African-American/Black, Latinx and Native American business school professors. USC Marshall currently has a number of Ph.D. Project scholars and actively recruits at the annual Ph.D. Project conference.

Programs such as our Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management convene conferences to excite interest in USC Marshall among women and underrepresented groups and to enhance their access to the field. We also offer an award to women in this area, who today fill only 15 percent of top-level supply chain positions. USC Marshall has taken important steps toward supporting and advancing women’s achievement. Recently, the USC Marshall Graduate Women in Business and the Marshall Business Competition Program presented the inaugural MBA Everyone’s Business Global Case Competition, which works with similar groups across the nation to reach gender parity and equity in business schools today and boardrooms tomorrow. Those efforts are bearing fruit: USC Marshall was the first school to achieve and exceed gender parity in the full-time MBA program for the Class of 2020.

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