The Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University is committed to cultivating and nurturing a school full of diversity. Diversity of opinion. Diversity of ideas, Diversity of career aspirations. And diversity of our student body.

Houston, one of the most vibrant and culturally rich U.S. cities, is also its most diverse; it is a forerunner to what America will look like in the future. This mindset informs our commitment to preparing all of our students for business leadership in an increasingly global and inclusive world.

Specifically, we want to create a rich learning environment that allows our students to consider and appreciate a multitude of perspectives that lead to enhanced decision making. The collective energy generated from lively discussions, robust viewpoints and shared understanding makes the business school such a dynamic place!

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is responsible for leading the school’s focus on creating forums for positive conversation and collaboration among all members of our student body, faculty and staff. Together, we foster a culture that not only values differences, but also leverages them as sources of strength and innovation—on campus, and in the business world.

Our commitment to supporting all of our students is exemplified by our strategic partnerships with local and national affinity organizations. We have long-standing relationships with the National Association of Women MBAs, the National Black MBA Association and Prospanica (formerly the National Society of Hispanic MBAs).

In addition, we partner with organizations and initiatives such as the FORTÉ Foundation, Management Leadership for Tomorrow, Reaching Out MBA and the PhD Project—all of which provide opportunities through scholarships, events and programming for women and underrepresented minority student populations.

Working collaboratively with our partners to provide a wealth of wide-ranging co-curricular opportunities that enhance the academic experience for our students is a priority. Recent activity highlights include:

  • 2016 Management Leaders of Tomorrow (MLT) Summer Prep Session: Approximately 300 MLT fellows, coaches and admission officers gathered to focus on essential skills pertinent to applying to business schools
  • 2016 FortĂ© Mix It Up - Houston: MBA women met and networked with other students and alumnae from FortĂ© sponsor schools.
  • 2017 Pink Petro HERWORLD Energy Forum Conference: An innovative and inclusive learning event that addressed new frontiers in the energy industry where business, workforce, innovation and geo-policy intersect.

You can be who you are ... and who you will become as a business leader here!