Berkeley Haas and its leadership are deeply committed to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging within the student body, faculty, and alumni network, as well as in workplaces worldwide. This year, we acted on this commitment through a series of collaborative approaches.
Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Strategic Plan for 2021–2026 aims to make Berkeley Haas the top business school at preparing students, faculty, staff, and alumni to lead in a diverse world.
DIVERSIFYING BOARD OF ADVISORS
Our Haas School Board welcomed three new members.
Excellence requires help. That simple fact has motivated me to provide whatever support and guidance I can give to help students thrive. I saw the potential to contribute to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), promoting activities that expand student capability in sustainability, and continuing to elevate the reputation of Haas.
— Frank Cooper III, BS 86, Senior Managing Director and Global Chief Marketing Officer, BlackRock
Equity fluency and leadership excellence go hand in hand. As a board member, I’m thrilled to serve with Dean Ann Harrison and others to help meld and magnify those tenets for Haas and the broader community. We can expand the pie so everyone gets a meaningful and fulfilling slice—there is enough for everyone to enjoy and benefit.
— Monica Stevens, MBA 96, Senior Vice President and Credit and Risk Leader, Wells Fargo Merchant Services
I’m very interested in Haas remaining in the top rank among its peers in all key measures. My hope is also that I will be able to contribute to the ongoing and developing activities regarding DEI. As a Black American, DEI is a topic of particular resonance and interest to me.
— Eric McKissack, BCEMBA 04, Founder and Former CEO, Channing Capital Management LLC; Independent Board Director
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSON AT BERKELEY HAAS
ADDRESSING EQUITY AND BIAS
Our Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership hosted an equity competition and released playbooks that address gender equity in the workplace and racial bias in artificial intelligence.
LEADING EFFORTS IN INCLUSIVE FINANCE
The Institute for Business and Social Impact (IBSI) launched two innovative and complementary initiatives that put Berkeley Haas at the forefront of the inclusive tech and finance movement.
The Lab for Inclusive FinTech (LIFT), launched in September 2020 with initial funding from Ripple Impact and Binance Charity Foundation, has three major thrusts: research, experiential learning, and community building. It links academic researchers with industry partners and policymakers to reimagine the design and reach of digital financial services for unbanked, underserved, and vulnerable populations around the world.
The long-term goal of the Lab for Sustainable Financial Services and Innovation is to promote multidisciplinary research to build socially responsible and sustainable solutions for banking and financial services via academic and industry partnerships. Initial funding by Wells Fargo will support the Lab’s first-year activities, which will define an ambitious and innovative research agenda. Concerns about equity, diversity, and inclusion will cut across all research topics.