We are so excited that you are considering business school as a next step, and in particular, Fuqua. As an organization, it is part of our mission to increase the amount of top talent that our MBA program attracts and retains from the underrepresented minority (URM) pool – students of Black, Latinx/Hispanic, and/or Native-American descent.
As such, we’ve provided a shortlist of frequently asked questions (and answers) here, but please feel free to reach out via the Contact Us tab if you have additional questions through the application and admissions process.
How robust is the Black/Latinx/Native-American community at Fuqua?
We are a force to be reckoned with! BLMBAO members are co-presidents of 16 clubs on campus for the 2020-2021 school year, lead BDW and Orientation, are on the MBAA cabinet, and serve as representatives to the Board of Visitors. In number, our active membership ranges from about 60 to 80 Fuqua students across First Years and Second Years, including allies who do not identify as Black/Latinx/Native-American but who actively commit to supporting our communities. In addition, we count on BLMBAO mentors within the broader Fuqua and Duke community, spanning departments such as Admissions, the Dean’s office, the Career Management Center, faculty, and Alumni Relations.
What are some typical events hosted by your organization?
- An annual Minority Business Conference – This conference draws attendees and top speakers from across the country to engage in high-level discussion and planning around topical issues for URMs in the workplace.
- Admissions Events – We partner closely with the Fuqua Admissions team to plan and host 4 major Admissions weekends for prospective students
- Officer of the Day
- MBA Workshop
- Blue Devil Weekends
- Career Events – These events are hosted in conjunction with our company sponsors and provide access for our members to learn more about these companies and their commitments to diversity in the workforce.
- Coffee chats,
- Company presentations
- Diversity conference workshops
- Networking happy hours
- Celebrations of the various cultures we represent as an organization.”Mi Comida Latina” to introduce the greater Fuqua student body to homemade cuisine samples from almost all of Latin America.
- Native-American History Month
- Black History Month Events
- Social gatherings to build rapport within the organization.
- Adrian Allen Festival
- Fuqua Wide Social Event
- Ally Engagement Events
- Fall and Spring Retreat
- And more!
What types of resources are available for URMs at Fuqua?
Just one example: in addition to Fuqua-wide resources (including COLE Fellows, Career Fellows, Fuqua Buddies, etc.), BLMBAO also hosts dedicated academic review sessions in advance of Core class quizzes/exams, led by current BLMBAO Second Year students.