We partner to provide scholarships and academic enhancement as well as encourage student participation in diversity conferences, career fairs and business plan competitions.

Management Leaders of Tomorrow

MLT provides coaching, hard and soft skills and door-opening relationships that transform high-potential minority talent into high-impact leaders. MLT’s MBA Prep Program prepares African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans to apply to major business schools and successfully navigate the corporate recruiting process once admitted.

We partner with and participate in MLT’s MBA Prep program which targets prospective MBA students who are planning ahead to pursue their MBA.

National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA)

We pride ourselves on the school's role of supporting student career goals through campus services and external corporate recruitment efforts. In 2013, we became the first-time lead academic sponsor for the NBMBAA 35th Annual Conference and Exposition which was held in Houston and featured more than 10,000 attendees and 2,500 recruiters. 

In summer of 2015, we hosted the annual Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) Business Case Competition for high school students. Approximately 150 students affiliated with local chapters analyzed an MBA-level graduate school business case and present recommendations to a panel of senior corporate executives and business school faculty.

Jesse Tyson, president and CEO of NBMBAA and former ExxonMobil executive, serves on our Council of Overseers.

National Society of Hispanic MBA Association (NSHMBA)

NSHMBA’s mission is to foster Hispanic leadership through graduate management education and professional development. 

We enjoy an active engagement with NSHMBA at the local and national levels. We were the first academic institution to establish sponsorship and support for their annual national conference (2007).

Henry O. Hernandez, Vice President - Director of Diversity and Inclusion at SAIC, and a Council of Overseers board member, was the co-founder and first president of NSHMBA. In addition, Marie Bergeron, director of development in our Career Management Center is on the board of the local chapter of NSHMBA.

Over the years, our MBA students have been recipients of NSHMBA scholarships and the school has been honored with the prestigious Brillante Award for advancing, inspiring and motivating upcoming and current leaders. 

PhD Project

We are a member of the PhD Project, an initiative of the KPMG Foundation which was developed to enlarge the pool of minority business school faculty members who could attract future generations of minority business students, thereby, enriching the quality of business education for all.

Reaching Out MBA

Reaching Out MBA, Inc. (ROMBA) is a non-profit organization that empowers LGBTQA students and others to become professionals who will lead the way to equality in business education, in the workplace and throughout society. The organization seeks to educate, inspire and connect graduate business students and school clubs through its year round events, anchored by the annual Reaching Out LGBTQA and Business Graduate Conference held each year in October and bringing together over 1,400 business graduate students and 80 corporate partners. 

We are one of the premier programs to offer the Reaching Out MBA LGBTQA Fellowship in 2015. The ROMBA Fellowship will be awarded to one LGBTQA student or active ally in the Rice MBA Class of 2017, who has demonstrated a commitment to advancing the presence of LGBTQA leaders in business. The recipient of this award will receive a minimum of $10,000 per academic year in scholarship, and will work to enhance the already diverse and inclusive working environment at the business school during their time in the Full-Time MBA program.