At Berkeley Haas, we see diversity as a source of strength—foundational for innovative ideas and creative accomplishment. We see our gaps in diversity as opportunities for growth. Closing these gaps is necessary for us to achieve our potential.

Integrating diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) throughout our organization is essential to our mission as a public university. As a community, we aspire to leverage our unique Berkeley Haas culture to make collective progress toward our objective of being the top business school at equipping students, faculty, staff, and alumni to lead in a diverse world.

We question the status quo, challenging the convention of who has been historically excluded in business and higher education. By increasing access to opportunities to thrive and feel valued, we are expanding what leadership has historically looked like, globally. Confidence without attitude allows us to seek out diverse perspectives, using a comprehensive approach to data and evidence, while fostering collaboration and trust. As students always, we recognize that we will always have more to learn about others’ lived experiences and group histories, but endeavor to continue on this journey in order to be more inclusive leaders. We acknowledge our positional power and leverage our influence to address barriers and drive change for positive impact.

DEI Strategic Plan

Berkeley Haas has numerous DEI activities taking place year-round across our degree programs, lecture series, research centers in addition to student-led initiatives. While we have a DEI office that is specifically focused on shepherding this work, every Haas department has initiatives and goals towards being more equitable and inclusive. The Berkeley Haas DEI Strategic Plan 2021-2026 is inclusive of all of our constituencies; focused on increasing representation, building DEI skills, and cultivating a climate of belonging.

The exclusion of and discrimination against members of certain groups has a long history and continued legacy in this country and abroad. Addressing the manifestations in higher ed and in business, subsequent disparities in wealth and wellbeing, are a long-term commitment that will take all of us to collectively address. We appreciate that many of our community members are invested in this work as well and want to offer solutions not currently reflected in our plan. Please see our frequently asked questions, which provide detail on our unique challenges as a public institution in California.

We are committed to keeping our community informed about the status of key initiatives underway. We will update progress on our strategies and tactics on a quarterly basis at a minimum.